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he trailer of Payal Kapadia’s highly anticipated debut narrative feature ‘All We Imagine as Light’ premiering in Main Competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival is unveiled

Mumbai: Mumbai-based filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s debut narrative feature as a writer-director ‘All We Imagine as Lighthas scripted history by becoming the first Indian film in over 30 years to be selected in the Main Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, making Payal the first Indian female filmmaker ever to be selected in the Cannes Competition.

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The festival will be held from May 14 to May 25, 2024 in Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, France. The film premiere will be happening on 23rd May 2024, 10pm GMT. 

All We Imagine as Lightis among 19 films competing for the Palme d'Or Award along with the likes of high profile filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold, Francis Ford Coppola, Jia Zhang-Ke, Paolo Sorrentino, Sean Baker and Ali Abbasi.

The Malayalam-Hindi feature starring Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam, Hridhu Haroon and Azees Nedumangad, All We Imagine as Light is the story of Nurse Prabha, whose routine is troubled when she receives an unexpected gift from her estranged husband. Her younger roommate, Anu, tries in vain to find a spot in the city to be intimate with her boyfriend. A trip to a beach town allows them to find a space for their desires to manifest.

The film is an Indo-French co-production between petit chaos from France and Chalk and Cheese Films from India. The other co-producers are Arte France Cinéma, Baldr Film, Another Birth, Les Films Fauves and Pulpa Film.

Thomas Hakim and Julien Graff are the producers from petit chaos. The Indian producers are Zico Maitra (Chalk and Cheese) and Ranabir Das (Another Birth) who is also the Cinematographer of the film. 

Chalk and Cheese has had a successful run for the last nine years in producing commercials for television and digital media - ‘All We Imagine as Light’ is its first foray into feature films. 

Payal’s acclaimed debut feature doc ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s sidebar Directors’ Fortnight 2021 won the Oeil d'Or (Golden Eye) award for Best Documentary film and traveled around the world since then.

'Afternoon Clouds' was part of the Cinefondation section in the 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival which also takes place during the Festival along with the Critics' Week and Director's Fortnight.

Director’s Biography

Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker. She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. Her short films Afternoon Clouds and And What Is The Summer Saying premiered respectively at the Cinéfondation and the Berlinale. Her first feature film A Night of Knowing Nothing premiered at 2021 Director's Fortnight, where it won the Golden Eye for best documentary.


· 2024 – All We Imagine as Light – fiction

· 2021 – A Night of Knowing Nothing – documentary (98’) / WP: Director’s Fortnight – Oeil d’Or for Best Documentary

· 2018 – And What is the Summer Saying – documentary (23’) / WP: Berlinale

· 2017 – Afternoon Clouds – fiction (13’) / WP: Cinéfondation

· 2015 – Las Mango before the Monsoon – fiction (19’) / WP :Oberhausen- FIPRESCI prize and special jury mention



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