Top South Indian Films That Made An Impact At Cannes

The journey of Indian films at Cannes started with Chethan Anand’s post-World War film Neecha Nagar, which won Grand Prix du Festival International du Fim (now known as Palme d’Or).

Swaham (Malayalam, 1994)

Swaham is written, produced and directed by Shaji N Karun. This is the first ever South Indian Film to compete for the Palme d’Or.

Marana Simhasanam (Malayalam, 1999)

The Malayalam satirical drama Marana Simhasanam directed by Murali Nair, is a milestone in 20th Century Indian Cinema. It won the Caméra d’Or (Golden Camera) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

Piravi (Malayalam, 1989)

Piravi, Directed by Shaji N Karun, received a special mention in the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989. The movie tells the poignant story of a father, Raghava Chakyar, who waits for his son Raghu’s return to celebrate his daughter’s engagement.

Veyil (Tamil, 2006)

Veyil, produced by Shankar, is the first Tamil film to be screened at Cannes as part of the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde section.

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