- Only student film from India to be selected at the esteemed film festival this year, amongst a stellar international lineup
Whistling Woods International’s (WWI) film, Nauha, is the only student film from India to make it to the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. It is among the 16 selected films in the La Cinef category amongst the 1528 entries received from various film schools across the world.
Nauha, a 26-minute film, written and directed by Pratham Khurana was made during the global pandemic as his final diploma film. Shot on the outskirts of Delhi, the film showcases the story of an ailing elderly person and his caregiver. As the title suggests – ‘Mourning the Loss’, while the film is primarily about the losses suffered, it also deals with urbanization, class divide, and the restricted use of the term ‘family’. Speaking about the recognition received by the film, Pratham Khurana, Writer-Director and Alumnus, WWI School of Filmmaking said, “It is a huge achievement. Being screened at the Cannes Film Festival has helped us convey the message of the film to a wider audience, internationally.”
This diploma film features the contribution of alumni and students from WWI’s School of Filmmaking, Actors’ Studio, School of Fashion & Costume Design, School of Design, and School of Music in various pivotal roles.