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Payal Kapadia is all smiles as her film All We Imagine as Light wins Grand Prix award at 2024 Cannes Film Festival

Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST
  • Filmmaker Payal Kapadia made history at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival as her drama, All We Imagine as Light, clinched the prestigious Grand Prix award.
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Payal Kapadia has scripted history by becoming the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film All We Imagine as Light. The film bagged the award, the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d'Or, at the closing ceremony on Saturday night. Payal's movie, which screened on Thursday night, is the first Indian film in 30 years and the first ever by an Indian female director to be showcased in the main competition. The last Indian movie to be selected for the main competition was Shaji N Karun's 1994 movie Swaham. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Payal Kapadia has scripted history by becoming the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film All We Imagine as Light. The film bagged the award, the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d'Or, at the closing ceremony on Saturday night. Payal's movie, which screened on Thursday night, is the first Indian film in 30 years and the first ever by an Indian female director to be showcased in the main competition. The last Indian movie to be selected for the main competition was Shaji N Karun's 1994 movie Swaham.

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In her speech, Payal Kapadia thanked the three leading actors of the film -- Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha and Chhaya Kadam -- and said the film would not have been possible without them. She was accompanied by the three actors on the stage. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

In her speech, Payal Kapadia thanked the three leading actors of the film -- Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha and Chhaya Kadam -- and said the film would not have been possible without them. She was accompanied by the three actors on the stage.

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Payal Kapadia, during her acceptance speech, said, "I'm very nervous, so I wrote something down. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for having our film here. Please don't wait 30 years to have another Indian film. "This film is about friendship, about three very different women. Oftentimes, women are pitted against each other. This is the way our society is designed and it is really unfortunate. But for me, friendship is a very important relationship because it can lead to greater solidarity, inclusivity and empathy." expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Payal Kapadia, during her acceptance speech, said, "I'm very nervous, so I wrote something down. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for having our film here. Please don't wait 30 years to have another Indian film. "This film is about friendship, about three very different women. Oftentimes, women are pitted against each other. This is the way our society is designed and it is really unfortunate. But for me, friendship is a very important relationship because it can lead to greater solidarity, inclusivity and empathy."

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Payal Kapadia, during her acceptance speech, said, "I'm very nervous, so I wrote something down. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for having our film here. Please don't wait 30 years to have another Indian film. "This film is about friendship, about three very different women. Oftentimes, women are pitted against each other. This is the way our society is designed and it is really unfortunate. But for me, friendship is a very important relationship because it can lead to greater solidarity, inclusivity and empathy." expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Payal Kapadia, during her acceptance speech, said, "I'm very nervous, so I wrote something down. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for having our film here. Please don't wait 30 years to have another Indian film. "This film is about friendship, about three very different women. Oftentimes, women are pitted against each other. This is the way our society is designed and it is really unfortunate. But for me, friendship is a very important relationship because it can lead to greater solidarity, inclusivity and empathy."

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Payal Kapadia gave a shout out to Cannes Film Festival workers who had protested at the opening night gala, demanding better wages and acknowledgement.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Payal Kapadia gave a shout out to Cannes Film Festival workers who had protested at the opening night gala, demanding better wages and acknowledgement.(AFP)

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Payal Kapadia received the Grand Prix from actor Viola Davis. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Payal Kapadia received the Grand Prix from actor Viola Davis.

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All We Imagine as Light became a strong contender for the top prize after its screening that saw the team receive an eight-minute standing ovation and glowing reviews from international critics. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

All We Imagine as Light became a strong contender for the top prize after its screening that saw the team receive an eight-minute standing ovation and glowing reviews from international critics.

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All We Imagine as Light marked the feature directorial debut of Payal Kapadia, an alumna of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

All We Imagine as Light marked the feature directorial debut of Payal Kapadia, an alumna of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII).

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Payal Kapadia's acclaimed documentary A Night of Knowing Nothing premiered at Director’s Fortnight in 2021 and won the Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) award.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Payal Kapadia's acclaimed documentary A Night of Knowing Nothing premiered at Director’s Fortnight in 2021 and won the Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) award.(AFP)

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The main competition jury was chaired by filmmaker Greta Gerwig, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, Turkish actor-screenwriter Ebru Ceylan, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, actor Lily Gladstone, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, Lebanese actor-director Nadine Labaki and French stars Eva Green and Omar Sy. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 26, 2024 11:04 AM IST

The main competition jury was chaired by filmmaker Greta Gerwig, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, Turkish actor-screenwriter Ebru Ceylan, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, actor Lily Gladstone, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, Lebanese actor-director Nadine Labaki and French stars Eva Green and Omar Sy.

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