MUMBAI: Anurag Kashyap’s latest directorial project Gangs of Wasseypur will premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
Touted as a family drama, spread across three generations and six decades, the film is a tale of revenge, crime and love, set against the backdrop of Wasseypur, a small town near Dhanbad. The film has been reported to be inspired from the story of Jharkhand politician Suryadev Singh, Binod Singh, Sakeldeo Singh, and Birendra Pratap Singh, who was convicted of murder.
Directors Fortnight is a non-competitive section at the Cannes Film Festival. Since its inception, it has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach among others.
Indo-France co-production Chhatrak (Mushrooms), directed by Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, was part of the official lineup of Cannes Directors Fortnight last year.