Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine as Light’ enters the ‘Competition’ category at Cannes Film Fest

'All We Imagine as Light' is based on the lives of Prabha and Anu, nurses from Kerala working at a nursing home in Mumbai.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 12, 2024 | 4:20 PMUpdatedApr 12, 2024 | 4:20 PM

A poster of the film All We Imagine As Light

Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s All We Imagine As Light has been selected for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival in the prestigious “Competition” category.

This is big news for Indian Cinema as the previous selection (Shaji N Karun’s Swaham) was 30 years ago in 1994.

All We Imagine as Light will be competing for the coveted Palme d’Or alongside 19 others, including Kinds of Kindness by Yorgos Lanthimos, Megalopolis by Francis Ford Coppola, Oh Canada by Paul Scrader, Bird by Andrea Arnold, The Shrouds by David Cronenberg, and Anora by Sean Baker.

Cannes Film Festival president Iris Knobloch and general delegate Thierry Fremaux announced the nominations on Thursday, 11 April.

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will begin with Quentin Dupieux’s The Second Act. The film festival will run from 14 to 25 May.

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About All We Imagine as Light

All We Imagine as Light is based on the lives of Prabha and Anu, nurses from Kerala working at a nursing home in Mumbai.

Prabha’s life takes an unexpected turn when she receives a gift from her estranged spouse. Anu, her roommate, seeks solitude for a romantic encounter with her boyfriend.

Malayalam actors Divya Prabha (Ariyippu, Family) and Kani Kusruti (Poacher, Killer Soup, Biriyaani,) and veteran Marathi actor Chhaya Kadam (Gangubai Kathiawadi) play key roles in it.

Previous entries

Mrinal Sen’s Kharij bagged the “Special Jury” award prize of all films screened in 1983.

Before that, films such as M S Sathyu’s Garm Hava (1974), Satyajit Ray’s Parash Pathar (1958), Raj Kapoor’s Awaara (1953), V Shantaram’s Amar Bhoopali (1952), and Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar (1946) were chosen to participate in the “Competition” segment at Cannes.

Of these, Neecha Nagar became the first Indian film to gain recognition at the Cannes after it was awarded Palme d’Or.

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