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Payal Kapadia's A Night Of Knowing Nothing to represent India at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight


The filmmaker's 13-minute project, Afternoon Clouds, was selected for the prestigious festival in 2017.

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Payal Kapadia's A Night of Knowing Nothing has been selected for the Directors' Fortnight section of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival 2021. The drama will be among 24 feature films that have been picked for the fortnightly selection, alongside nine short films. 

A Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumni, Kapadia was previously invited to Cannes in 2017, for her short film, Afternoon Clouds. Her current film, an Indo-French co-production, received support from Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grantees. The film, which was also part of the Berlinale Talent Project 2020, will also be screened at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Films in July this year. 

Kapadia's film, Last Mango Before The Monsoon (2015), also won the FIPRESCI Prize and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

A synopsis of the film on the Marseille festival website reads: "A university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover, while he is away. Through these letters, we get a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her. Merging reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies and anxieties, an amorphous narrative unfolds."

Emmanuel Carrere's Ouistreham is the opening film of the fortnight, with Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir receiving a special screening. The curtains on the fortnight section will be brought down by Rachel Lang's Our Men. 

The Cannes Film Festival will begin on 6 July and conclude on 17 July. 

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