Maharashtra government sends three Marathi films to Cannes, again

The Maharashtra government has entered three Marathi films for screening at Cannes 2017, one of the biggest film festivals in the world. The films have been chosen to promote Marathi Cinema internationally and to open the doors of the global market for Marathi filmmakers. The Cannes film festival will be held from 17 May to 26 May 2017. It is the biggest film market in the world with more than 12000 participants and the showcase of over 1400 films. The selected Marathi films include Dashakriya (Tenth Day Ritual) directed by Sandeep Bhalachandra Patil, Cycle by Prakash Kunte and Take Care Good Night, which has been directed by Girish Joshi.

Among the selected films, Dashakriya won the National Film award for best Marathi film, best screenplay and best-supporting actor and Cycle won the National award for best costume design. This is the second consecutive year that Maharashtra is sending award-winning films to the festival. All the three films will have two industry screenings each at Cannes. Two members from each of the film’s team will be accompanying the films to the esteemed festival. Every year, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sets up an India Pavilion at the festival to represent Indian cinema on the International stage.

However, Maharashtra is the only Indian state, which sets up its own booth at Cannes. The decision was taken last year at the order of Vinod Tawde, the Minister of State for School Education, Higher and technical education, Sports and Youth welfare, Minority development as well as Marathi language and culture. The three Marathi films that were showcased in 2016 include Ringan by Makarand Mane, Halal directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil and Punarvasu Naik’s Vakratunda Mahakaya.

With the coming of contemporary writers and filmmakers, Marathi cinema has witnessed a huge transformation from its earlier declining stage. The Industry has managed to produce many films that are not only critically acclaimed but are commercially successful as well. In fact, Marathi film Shwaas was India’s official entry to the 77th Academy Awards. The film was also awarded the President’s medal for best film, becoming the only second Marathi film to achieve the feat.

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