Payal Kapadia, from the Film and Television Institute of India is the director of the 13-minute film Afternoon Clouds which has made it to the official line-up in Short Films Competition and Cinefondation Selection categories at the 70th Festival de Cannes (May 17-28). The film is among the 14 features and two animation films picked up from 2600 works submitted in the category that is open to student films from around the world. 70th Festival de Cannes (May 17-28).
Afternoon Clouds was also selected for the FIPRESCI Award and the critics were of the opinion that the film ‘needs only a few shots to portray a cycle that transcends individual nature’.
Inspired by her grandmother, Payal’s film takes place over the course of one afternoon in a 70-year old woman’s house played by Usha Naik. The lady of the house lives with her Nepali maid and a cat she adores.
The film explores ideas about single womanhood pre and post-marriage which Payal discussed with her team members to evolve into a well developed plot.
Art Director Darpan Chawla, DOP Mayank Khurana, Sound Designer Shreyank Nanjappa and Editor Ghanshyam Shimpi have shaped up the film with suitable colours, texture and design to leave an imprint that provides meaning to the story.
Payal a St. Xavier’s Mumbai Alumni considers her admission into FTII’s direction course her best made decision. ‘Last Mango Before the Monsoon’ a film she made in her free time was made with the aim of creating a structure like an elliptical whole rather than one that begins and ends.
Amit Dutta has been an inspiration for the filmmaker who based his films on mythic and folktale like structures. That motivated Payal to take an entirely different approach to cinema – rooted in the personal, where memories, myth, fantasies and dreams can merge into a seamless whole. The FTII student’s primary interest is to bring together a painterly approach to filmmaking especially in relation to time.