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Cannes Film Festival 2024: Payal Kapadia’s All We Imagine As Light Makes History,  Wins Grand Prix!

All We Imagine As Light" Wins Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival 2024, Shining a Spotlight on Indian Cinema

Cannes Film Festival 2024: Payal Kapadia’s feature film, “All We Imagine As Light,” has taken home the coveted Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival 2024, marking a tremendous accomplishment for Indian filmmaking. Payal Kapadia and her amazing cast, which included Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, and Chhaya Kadam, took centre stage to accept the trophy during the festival’s closing night honours event.

A Stellar Line-up at Cannes

Competing against recent releases from well-known filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Paolo Sorrentino, Paul Schrader, and Yorgos Lanthimos, “All We Imagine As Light” was in excellent company. In spite of the fierce competition, Kapadia’s picture was the clear winner, winning over both the jury and the public.

A Warm Reception and Long Ovation

Following its May 23 debut, the movie received an eight-minute standing ovation due to its enormous critical praise. The film’s emotional and creative effect is highlighted by this enthusiastic reaction, which had one of the longest standing ovations of the festival this year.

The Story and Themes of “All We Imagine As Light”

The life of Prabha, a nurse portrayed by Kani Kusruti, is the subject of this Indo-French drama. When Prabha gets an unexpected present from her estranged husband, her life takes a different turn. Divya Prabha’s portrayal of Anu, a younger friend and flatmate who is looking for a peaceful place to spend time with her partner. Seeking a place where their goals and wishes can come true, they take a road journey to a seaside town together. Throughout, themes of friendship, desire, and the pursuit of personal independence are masterfully explored.

Notable Wins at Cannes Film Festival 2024

The Cannes Film Festival 2024 honoured a number of other outstanding talents in addition to “All We Imagine As Light.”

  • Best Actress: The cast of “Emilia Perez”
  • Best Screenplay: Coralie Fargeat for “The Substance”
  • Best Actor: Jesse Plemons for “Kinds of Kindness”

Payal Kapadia’s Journey to Cannes Glory

“All We Imagine As Light” is the first feature film that Payal Kapadia has directed. Her last project, the documentary “A Night of Knowing Nothing,” had previously won the Golden Eye prize at Cannes a few years earlier and received positive reviews from critics. With her most recent achievement, Kapadia has cemented her position as a prominent voice in modern film.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival 2024, which began on May 14, featured a distinguished jury led by president Greta Gerwig, along with members Lily Gladstone, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Eva Green, Ebru Ceylan, Juan Antonio Bayona, Nadine Labaki, and Omar Sy. Their collective expertise and discerning judgment have once again highlighted the best of global cinema.


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