In a proud moment, India has been named as the first ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche du Film or Cannes Market, which runs in parallel to the Festival, whose 75th edition began on Tuesday. And, Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will screen 6 Indian movies at the Market that are not part of the Cannes’ official selections.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted and said that it’s a historic moment to become ‘Country of Honour’ at ‘Marche’ Du Film’.
A historic moment as India 🇮🇳 the 1st ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche Du Films @Festival_Cannes gets set to manifest into the ‘content hub of the world and the preferred ‘post production hub’ for global film makers. pic.twitter.com/GNHm1jWIiB
Anurag Thakur also mentioned how the ‘Country of Honour’ status ensures India’s presence as a focus country at the opening night of Marche Du Films being organized at the Majestic Beach with spotlight on India, its cinema, its culture and heritage.
Additionally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a message for the Indian delegation walking at Cannes, and said that he was extremely happy about India’s participation at the festival as the year also marks the 75th year of the diplomatic ties between India and France.
In his statement, he said: “As India celebrates its 75th year of independence, 75th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival and 75 years of Indo-French diplomatic ties enhance pride associated with momentous milestones.” He further said, “India is the largest film-producing country in the world. With films in many languages from different regions, the multifariousness of our film sector is remarkable…. “Films and society are mirror images of each other. Cinema showcases human emotions and expressions in an artistic manner, binding the world together with a common strand of entertainment.”“Rich heritage and cultural diversity are India’s strengths. We have a lot of stories to be explored. India possesses immense potential to become the content hub of the world. The Government of India remains steadfast in its efforts towards furthering ease of doing business in the film sector.”, he further added.
This year, six Indian films will be officially screened at the market: R Madhavan’s ‘Rocketry The Nambi Effect’, Nikhil Mahajan’s ‘Godavari’, Achal Mishra’s ‘Dhuin’, Shankar Shrikumar’s ‘Alpha Beta Gamma’, Biswajeet Bora’s ‘Boomba Ride’, Jayaraj’s ‘Tree Full of Parrots’.