Paris: Making India proud, Mumbai based filmmaker Payal Kapadia won the L’Oeil d’Or: Le Prix du documentaire, an award for best documentary, at the Cannes Film Festival for her debut film ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ on Saturday.
The film is set in the backdrop of student protests in the country, beat competition from 27 other films in the Cannes official selection.
“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,” Kapadia told The Sunday Express after receiving the award.
“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 had said after a screening of the film at Cannes earlier this week.
Kapadia a graduate in the direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, previously had a premiere of her film ‘Afternoon Clouds’ at the Cannes Film Festival.