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Roundup: Indian films at festivals in 2012

By Nandita Dutta • Published on April 28, 2012

[J]ust four months down, 2012 is already proving itself to be a great year for Indian cinema internationally. With a record Indian presence at Cannes this year and a few other awards to boast about, Indian filmmakers are soaring high! DearCinema rounds up the achievements of Indian films in the international arena in 2012 so far. Click through the links to read interviews of the filmmakers. 

Indian thriller Peddlers directed by Vasan Bala has been selected in 51st edition of Cannes Critics Week. Cannes Critics Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival showcases first and second feature films by directors from all over the world.

I started off wanting to just make a film…any film: Vasan Bala, director of Peddlers

Gangs of Wasseypur at Cannes Directors' Fortnight

Gangs of Wasseypur

Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur will screen at Directors’ Fortnight, a non-competitive section at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Since its inception, it has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach among others.

Never thought a film with 25 songs could go to Cannes: Anurag Kashyap

Miss Lovely directed by Ashim Ahluwalia will screen at Un Certain Regard in 65th Festival de Cannes. Miss Lovely is set in the Bombay of the mid-1980s. It is the story of two brothers, Vicky and Sonu, who produce sleazy C grade films and end up falling for the same woman. Un Certain Regards is a competition section that carries the second most prestigious award at the Cannes Film festival.

Time spent on sets of low grade films- the basis of Miss Lovely: Ashim Ahluwalia

Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s project ‘The Untold Tale’ is among 15 projects from all over the world selected for L’Atelier, a workshop to be held during Cannes Film Festival 2012. ‘The Untold Tale’, to be directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan and written by Triparna Banerjee is about a young puppeteer’s journey to India to meet her long lost father.

It took us 4 years to reach the draft which went to Cannes L’Atelier: Shivajee and Triparna

The World Before Her, a documentary by Indo-Canadian director Nisha Pahuja won the World Documentary Competition at 11thTribeca Film Festival.

Interview: Nisha Pahuja, director of documentary ‘The World Before Her’

Café Regular, Cairo (Egypt/India), a short film by Ritesh Batra won a Special Jury mention at the 11thTribeca Film Festival. The film is also competing at the 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Interview: Ritesh Batra, director, Café Regular, Cairo

Gurvinder Singh’s project ‘The Fourth Direction’ won the Paris Project award at the 10th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum. ‘The Fourth Direction’ will be the second feature film project of Gurvinder Singh who won the 2011 National Award for Best Director for Anhey Ghore Da Daan. Anhey Ghorey Da Daan (Alms of the Blind Horse) was also screened in the Bright Future section at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012.


Still from Cafe Regular, Cairo

Abu Dhabi Diary: In conversation with Gurvinder Singh, director of Anhey Ghorey da daan

Valley of Saints, directed by Musa Syeed of Indian origin won the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival 2012.  The film also shared the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the festival.

Being able to take creative risks is the most satisfying part of filmmaking: Musa Syeed, director of Valley of Saints

Indian director Shonali Bose won the Sundance Institute– Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival. The awards had been instituted in 2011 in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world.

My journey as an independent filmmaker: Shonali Bose

Mangesh Hadawale’s Dekh Indian Circus won the Golden Reel award for Best Children’s Film at the 11th Tiburon Film Festival in California.

Interview: Mangesh Hadawale, Director, Dekh Indian Circus, winner of Audience Award at Busan

Still from Valley of Saints


Panchabhuta by Mohan Kumar Valasala was selected for competition in Berlinale Shorts 2012. The film will also compete at the 29th Busan International Short Film Festival to be held in May.

Mohan Kumar on ‘Panchabhuta’ competing at Berlinale Shorts 2012

The Real Millionaire by Piyush Thakur was screened in International Competition at 34th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

FTII student Piyush Thakur on his film The Real Millionaire (Clermont-Ferrand)

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