The Jury President, director Gérard Krawczyk, hands out the Best Director Trophy to Vishal Bhardwaj
EXTRAVAGANT INDIA !, THE FESTIVAL
"Extravagant India !" highlights Indian Cinema
"Extravagant India !" is a passion for Cinema, a fascination for India, a headstrong research and anticipation effort to detect original films. It is above all the satisfaction to share the fruit of it all: a cinematically rich selection, a window to the multiple Indias.
In 2013 "Extravagant India!" International Indian Film Festival - Paris was bestowing the Best Film Award to The Lunchbox , by Ritesh Batra. The film has since then known a tremendous success (about 500 000 entries in France) and revealed to the professional and general audiences the emerging of a young Indian cinema which can be subtle, irreverent, unexpected.
For its second edition,"Extravagant India !" further played the talent scout in an India boiling with cultural and creative fever. An India where a Ministry of Yoga has been created and where the Media and Entertainment Sector has been declared a National Priory. An India where from North to South a new generation of filmmakers asserts itself, cutting loose from commercial cinema codes, drawing on a palette of influences that has never been wider. An India and a cinema that the French and Europeans, although fascinated, still know little about.
Testimony to the vitality of the young Indian cinema and to the festival’s research work: out of the nine feature films in competition in the second edition, five were first films. A proof of the rich diversity of this cinema: the selection had films shot in over eight original languages from over eight different regions (Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Himachali, Tamil, Malalayam, Kashmiri ...)
Come with us to discover India and its young Cinema! You will be dazzled!
Next edition in October, 2016 at Gaumont Champs-Elysées.