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Payal Kapadia's Indian film All We Imagine As Light wins Grand Prix Award at Cannes
Photo courtesy: Divya Prabha Instagram profile/Screenshot grab

Payal Kapadia's Indian film All We Imagine As Light wins Grand Prix Award at Cannes

| @indiablooms | 26 May 2024, 01:18 am

Cannes/IBNS: Scripting history, Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light, an Indian film, won Grand Prix, the second highest award at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

All We Imagine As Light was also the first Indian film in 30 years to compete for the top prize Palme d'Or at the 77th edition of Cannes Film Festival, where Kapadia's work received an eight-minute standing ovation after the screening.

Kapadia's film, which features Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam, Hridu Haroon, has already garnered positive reviews.

“I am really grateful and feel really privileged to be here. It has been really nice,” says Kapadia speaking to Brut India.

Giving 5 stars in its review, The Guardian called the film "glorious… an absorbing story full of humanity".

The critic has analysed the film keeping it at par with Oscar winning Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar and Aranyer Din Ratri.

IndieWire in its review says, "This casual everyday vignette is brimming with a sensuality (the rain, the clothes, the food, the women) that people don't tend to notice when caught up in the rhythm of life.

"It takes a snapshot from a photographer removed from the situation to make you realise how full these moments are."

All We Imagine As Light is a story about two nurses from the south Indian state of Kerala working at a hospital and living together at a congested apartment in Mumbai.

The story tracks the two nurses- Prabha and Anu- who suffer in their individual relationships.

While Prabha's husband lives in Germany and barely keeps in touch, Anu is in a relationship with a Muslim man from Kerala knowing the relationship won't be approved by her family.

Prabha is played by Kani Kasruti while Anu is essayed by Divya Prabha.

Speaking to Deadline about the film, Kapadia, 38, earlier said, "India is a country that makes a lot of good films. Not just Bollywood but every state has its industry and there are absolutely brilliant filmmakers."

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