The Cannes Film Festival, which entered its 72nd season this year, has seen some of the worldâs biggest names touch down in the French Riviera since its inception. But apart from the infamous red carpet that features some ostentatious sartorial offerings every year,Â the festival also manages to discover new talent and put it out on the global map.Â With a host of Indian celebrities attending this yearâand every year, as a matter of factâauthor, journalist and film critic Anupama Chopra zooms us in on all thatâs going on at Cannes 2019, and reveals her favourite movies from the Official Selection at the film festival.
Whatâs the atmosphere like at the festival right now?
Itâs been as frantic as Cannes always is. There is always too much to do and too little time because there are hundreds of movies. Then there are amazing movies in the Official Selection that you need to watch, there are meetings that you have to take, there are parties that you need to go to; itâs never settling down. I leave on May 22, and Iâm sure that I’ll be doing something or the other till the day I leave. I think it only settles down on literally the last day of the festival, which is May 25, when many people have already left. Otherwise, there are 30,000 people, including 4,000 journalistsâso you can imagine how crazy it is.
There must be a real mix of artists present currently.
Of course. Iâve been doing a lot of interviews. I think we did four or five interviews yesterday, includingÂ all the people who are here from the Hindi film industry. There are directors like Anurag Kashyap; thereâs Deepika Padukone;Â Priyanka Chopra was here. I spoke to Huma Qureshi yesterday. Mallika Sherawat is here as well, as she is every year. The first interview I did was with AR Rahman, whoâs here to speak about his virtual reality film. We also had TV actor Hina Khan. So itâs definitely a real mix of artists from India present even though there are no Indian films in the Official Selection. I also did interviews on Rocketman, for which I spoke to Taron Egerton, Dexter Fletcher and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Youâve got so much on your plate. How are you managing it all?
Iâve not consistently been coming every year, but I first came here 20 years ago in 1999. My aim is to try and watch at least two movies a day, and then do the rest of my work. Iâm basically covering the festival for digital and print platforms as well as for television. My life is, as you can imagine, fairly complicated right now, but itâs great fun! I donât manage two movies every day, but I manage on many days and that makes me really happy.
You mention you interviewed Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone currently. How was Cannes 2019 for them?
Itâs been fabulous talking to them. Itâs the first time for Priyanka. Both Nick and her were here; and she was talking about how she has read two Hindi scripts that she really liked. So hopefully, weâll be seeing more of her in India. I asked Deepika why she didnât bring Ranveer here because I think heâs made for the red carpet. She said, well, he would do well at the Met GalaÂ but here she would always trump him. This is her space.
Do you have any favourites among the 2019 Official Selection movies?
I loved Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Pain and Glory, The Climb and Diego Maradona.
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