“Dheepan” wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

French director Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan”, a drama about a family of Sri Lankan refugees in Paris, was the surprise winner of Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Other awardees:

  • French actor Vincent Lindon was named the best actor for his role of a common man in “The Measure of a Man”.
  • Emmanuelle Bercot was named the best actress for “Mon roi”.
  • Laszlo Nemes’ Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” received the Grand Prix award, the competition’s runner-up prize.
  • Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien won the best director award for “The Assassin”, a martial-arts drama set in ninth-century China.
  • The jury prize went to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Lobster”
  • Mexican writer-director Michel Franco received the screenplay award for “Chronic”.
  • The Camera d’Or for best first film was awarded to Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s well reviewed “Land and Shade”, about a Colombian family dwelling in a flame-engulfed farmland.
  • French film director Agnes Varda was presented with the honorary Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony. She is also the first female filmmaker to ever receive the award.

2015 Cannes Film Festival- Quick facts:

  • It was the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
  • It is annually held in Cannes, France.
  • It previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.
  • Founded in 1946, it is considered as the most prestigious film festival in the world and is one of the most publicised.
  • The invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
  • The Palme d’Or (also known as Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.

Advertisements

High point in Indo-French strategic ties

The 14th edition of the Indo-French naval exercise (Varuna) recently concluded at Goa.

It was a 10 day long exercise and included both a harbour and sea phase.

  • VARUNA aims at deriving mutual benefit from the experiences of the two navies.


France

India

https://i2.wp.com/www.indiastrategic.in/image/Indo_French3.jpg

Details:

  • The scope of Exercise VARUNA included the entire gamut of maritime operations ranging from
    • Aircraft Carrier Operations,
    • Anti Submarines Warfare Exercises,
    • Maritime Interdiction Operations
    • multi-ship replenishment exercise.
  • The confidence gained through such exercises helps develop Standard Operating Procedures, particularly in the fields of Joint Maritime Air Operations Planning with exchange of Carrier Operational Capabilities.
  • The exercise goes a long way in enhancing interoperability between the two navies and also showcases the close ties between the two countries.

Sources: The Hindu.

Indo – French Naval Exercise Varuna Commences at Goa

Fourteenth (14th) edition of Indo-French naval exercise (VARUNA) has begun at Goa.

  • VARUNA aims at deriving mutual benefit from the experiences of the two navies.
  • The confidence gained through such exercises helps develop Standard Operating Procedures, particularly in the fields of Joint Maritime Air Operations Planning with exchange of Carrier Operational Capabilities.
  • The other joint exercises include Coordinated Anti-Submarine Exercises, Surface Exercises, Cross Deck Flying, Damage Control and Fire Fighting, Air Defence,
  • Firing Drills, Air to Sea Firing, Tactical Exercises and Visit Board Search and Seize Operations, which further hone the fighting efficiency of the two combat forces.
  • The scope of Exercise VARUNA includes the entire gamut of maritime operations from Aircraft Carrier Operations, Anti Submarines Warfare Exercises, Maritime
  • Interdiction Operations to multi-ship replenishment exercise.

Sources: PIB.

India, France sign deal for Jaitapur N-project

India and France recently signed an agreement to fast-track the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

Details:

  • The Jaitapur project, where French company Areva is to set up six nuclear reactors with a total power generation capacity of about 10,000 Mw, is stuck for long because of differences over the cost of electricity to be generated.
  • The agreement signed between India’s Larsen and Toubro and France’s Areva is aimed at cost reduction by increasing localization, thereby improving the financial viability of Jaitapur project.

Sources: BS.

India, France agree on deal for 36 Rafale jets

Indian PM, during his visit to France, has announced that the Indian Air Force (IAF) would buy 36 Rafale fighters in fly-away condition.

Details:

  • These will equip two IAF squadrons with 18 aircraft each.
  • However, the announcement is silent about the plan to build the Rafale at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a central part of the tender. So far, this multi-billion dollar procurement, conceived as a springboard for the modernisation of India’s aerospace sector, will only benefit that of France.
  • The recent announcement underlines the continuing failure by India and France to take to a logical conclusion the IAF’s August 2007 tender for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), of which 18 were to be supplied fully built and 108 built in India by HAL.

Sources: BS.

India, France to co-develop naval missile

The Defence Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with MBDA of France.

  • The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force.
  • The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because the DRDO’s Akash missile system has similar functions.
  • The Army and the Air Force have expressed satisfaction with the capabilities of Akash, but the Navy has made it clear that Akash is not suitable for installation on warships.

Project Maitri:

  • The Maitri missile project is a next-generation quick-reaction surface-to-air missile with a lethal near-hundred per cent kill probability under development by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • It is a short-range (15 km, 9.3 mi) surface-to-air point defence missile system.

Sources: The Hindu.