Indian Film A Night of Knowing Nothing Wins Best Documentary Award At The Cannes Film Festival

By | July 18, 2021

Indian Film A Night of Knowing Nothing Wins Best Documentary Award At The Cannes Film Festival

New Delhi: Indian film A Night of Knowing Nothing has won the best documentary award at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The movie is directed by Mumbai-based filmmaker Payal Kapadia, who is also Film and Television Institute (FTII) Pune alumnus.Also Read – Cannes Film Festival 2021: Top 5 Unusual Looks at French Riviera

After receiving the award, Payal Kapadia told The Sunday Express that, “I’m really honoured to receive this prize as there have been wonderful filmmakers who have got it in the past. Our film is quite experimental, so we were a bit surprised too.” Also Read – Diipa Buller-Khosla Celebrates Motherhood at Cannes by Adding Breast Pumps on Her Strapless Gown

The film revolves around a university student in India, who is named L and falls in love with K. However, they are separated as K had to return to his village. The movie is also set in the backdrop of students’ protests in India and highlights the cracks in Indian society. “Initially, we were shooting our friends and talking a lot about matters of love, and the impossibility of certain relationships because of caste or religious differences. We realised that talking about young people in India cannot be done without discussing discrimination. So, writer Himanshu (Prajapati) and we culled out a fictional narrative from all the stories we had documented,” Kapadia said after screening of her film at Cannes. Also Read – Why Leading Fashion Designers Don’t Style TV Celebs? Hina Khan Raises a Poignant Question That Needs Attention

This is Kapadia’s second visit to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, her film, Afternoon Clouds also premiered at the film festival.

Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival ended on Saturday. Julia Ducournau won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, for her film Titane. With this, she has now become the second woman ever to win this award.


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