Marché du Film, literally translates to ‘Film Market’, which is the commercial counterpart of the prestigious festival. All a filmmaker has to do to have their film screened at the Marché du Film is pay a fee. This is totally different from the Official Selection at Cannes, where a dedicated Selection Committee chooses the films to be screened from thousands of entries. There are three sub-categories for these films – Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard. So even though ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ screened at Cannes, it didn’t go through any jury selection process.
A Twitter user brought this to light and tweeted: “I recently learned that you can basically rent rooms in Cannes and say your movie premiered in Cannes. It’s not part of the official selection of the Cannes jury. Madhavan’s Rocketry is an example of this.”
I learned recently that you can basically rent theaters in Cannes and say your movie premiered in Cannes. This is not normal… https://t.co/92823uqut7
— Ramesh (@rmshnt27) 1653111678000
As his tweet started to get considerable attention, he even elaborated on how he ended up digging into it. “I saw the 10 minute standing ovation for Rocketry and the video that was shared. It was mostly Indians cheering – I wondered why that was. Then I went to the website from Cannes and searched the movie selection and couldn’t find Rocktery,” he later tweeted.
‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is a film based on the life of Padma Bhushan-winning scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan. R Madhavan is also starring, co-producing and also making his directorial debut with the film which also stars Simran, Rajit Kapur, Gulshan Grover among others. It has an appearance from Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya and everything is set for a theatrical release on July 1, 2022.
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