Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap‘s upcoming film “Kennedy” has been selected for the Midnight Screening at the 76th Cannes Film Festival 2023, making it the sole Indian film chosen for this highly anticipated event. The announcement was made by film distributor Iris Knobloch and Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, at the official press conference on April 14. “KENNEDY by Anurag KASHYAP #SéanceDeMinuit / #MidnightScreenings #Cannes2023,” read the post on Twitter.
Produced by Zee Studios and Good Bad Films, “Kennedy” is a police noir film directed by Anurag Kashyap, known for his unique and bold storytelling style. The film revolves around an insomniac ex-cop who is long thought to be dead but is still operating within the corrupt system, seeking redemption. The lead roles are played by Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone, who have taken on the challenge of portraying complex characters in this deeply personal crime/police drama.
Expressing his excitement about the film, Shariq Patel, CBO of Zee Studios, said, “It’s always a creatively enriching experience collaborating with Anurag Kashyap. With Kennedy, we are reaffirming our commitment to conveying Indian stories globally. We are thrilled that Kennedy happens to be the only Indian film premiering at the 76th edition of Festival De Cannes.”
Director Anurag Kashyap shared, “It’s a film and genre I always wanted to explore. It’s more polar than noir, inspired by the crime writing of Patrick Manchette and his comic book collaborations with Jacques Tardi, and the cinema of Melville. It’s also a deeply personal crime/police drama, and I am so grateful to Zee Studios, my team, and my partners in crime for helping me shape it.” He also expressed his gratitude to Rahul Bhat, Sunny Leone, and the rest of the cast and crew for their dedication to the project.
Ranjan Singh, the producer from Good Bad Films, added, “It’s always fun and enriching to make a film with Anurag, especially the ones that come from his heart. Kennedy’s journey has been similar and yet different, as the film was conceived in lockdown and shot a year later. And Zee Studios has been the best partner for the film, and now we’re excited for the film’s journey to begin with its Midnight Screening premiere at the Festival De Cannes.”
“Kennedy” is written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, with Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone in the lead roles. The film’s cinematography is by Sylvester Fonseca, and the music supervision is by Ashish Narula. The film’s editors are Tanya Chhabria and Deepak Kattar. This is not Anurag Kashyap’s first time at Cannes, as his previous films, including “Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Bombay Talkies,” “Ugly,” and “Raman Raghav 2.0,” have also been screened at the prestigious festival in the past.
The 76th Festival de Cannes will commence with the opening ceremony on May 16, and the premiere of “Kennedy” is expected to be a highlight of the event, showcasing Indian talent on a global platform.