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Cannes 2023 – Critic Meenakshi Shedde on jury duties, Indian films and British ‘Polite Society’… (video interview)

Cannes 2023 – Critic Meenakshi Shedde on jury duties, Indian films and British ‘Polite Society’… (video interview)

This is the extended story about the video interview we did with Shedde in Cannes just before the beginning of the Semaine de la Critique started (International Critics Week).

MEENAKSHI SHEDDE is a film programmer, curator and journalist and specialises in films coming out of South Asia – and is also interested in films made by those of South Asian heritage living in the West.
In this interview shot right at the start of the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and about her jury duties on the Semaine de la Critique (International Critics’ Week), she talks about her role, walking the red carpet* on the opening night (May 16), the position of India as a filmmaking country of prominence and her interest in films such as British writer-director’s Nida Manzoor’s ‘Polite Society’. See
Shedde has programmed the South Asian section of films at the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) for more than 25 years and has been recently appointed as senior programme advisor South Asia to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs from September 7-17 2023.
The other members on the jury on International Critics’ Week were Jury President French filmmaker Audrey Diwan; Rui Poças, Portuguese director of photography; German actor, choreographer and dancer, Franz Rogowski; and Sundance Film Festival programmer Kim Yutani. For more see this page on (link pending).

There is additional material about this year’s Critics’ Week winning film, ‘Tiger Stripes’ by Amanda Nell Eu on the video page at (Link pending)

Production credits
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Presenter/producer: Sailesh Ram
Editing: Harry Clegg
Camera: Natalie Barrass
Sound/music: Anuj Deo

Malaysian film is Critics Week winner

WINNER of the Semaine de la Critique top prize – The Grand Prix – this year was ‘Tiger Stripes’.
Shot in Malaysia and made by Amanda Nell Eu, the story is one about a young girl who is the first to have a period in her class.
Stirring a powerful and different set of emotions, this film is a genre-mix up with horror, comedy and social realism all the mix.
Eu graduated from London Film School and this is her first feature film and she has had shorts in festival competitions before and is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. She explores identity and the female body within the context of Malaysian culture.
Here’s our interview with Meenakshi Shedde, who was on the jury this year along with Jury president French Audrey Diwan (Golden Lion winner at Venice 2021 for second feature, ‘Happening’); Rui Poças, Portuguese director of photography (‘Will-o’-the wisp’ 2022); Franz Rogowski, German actor, choreographer and dancer, and best known for his work with iconic American director Terrance Malick (‘A Hidden Life’ 2021); and Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival programming director.
Full awards list –

Trailer to Tiger Stripes –

Semaine Interview

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture