“Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know,” selected for 77th Cannes Film Festival

Chidanand Naik, a student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), has achieved recognition as his film “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know” has been selected for the competitive section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in France.

  1. The festival, scheduled from May 15th to May 24th, 2024, will showcase Naik’s film in the ‘La Cinef’ section, which promotes emerging talents and films from film schools worldwide.
  2. Naik’s film is one of the 18 shorts (14 live-action and 4 animated) selected from 2,263 submissions globally, making it the sole Indian film in the ‘La Cinef’ section.
  3. The film tells the story of an elderly woman causing upheaval in her village by stealing the community’s rooster, leading to chaos and the invocation of a prophecy resulting in her family’s exile.
  4. This selection marks the first time a film by a student from FTII’s one-year television course has been featured at Cannes.
  5. FTII’s teaching methodology, focusing on practice-based co-learning in cinema and television, has consistently produced students and alumni acclaimed at national and international film festivals.

Question : Which Indian film has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival in the ‘La Cinef’ category?

a) “The Rooster’s Prophecy”
b) “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Bloom”
c) “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know”
d) “The Elderly Woman’s Tale”

Correct answer: c) “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know”

Question: Who directed the film “Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know”?

a) Suraj Thakur
b) Manoj V
c) Chidananda S Naik
d) Abhishek Kadam

Ans : c) Chidananda S Naik

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