Festival de Cannes 70: Salaam Bombay!, 1988

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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A double winner at Cannes in 1998, Salaam Bombay! was honored with the Camera d’Or as well as the Audience Award. And audiences ought to be no stranger to the Oscar, BAFTA, César, and Golden Globe nominee, Mira Nair‘s extraordinary film depicts the street-lives of children in Bombay. Prominently shadowing young Krishna (a quite marvelous Shafiq Syed) through hardships, drug dealing, abandonment, this would appear to make this Cannes entry the third consecutive of the series to feature fantastic child performances. Nair directs with a true flair and emotive sensibility, this is neither trivial nor sentimental, rather a gritty, powerful tale of the troubles facing a young generation in an impoverished culture.

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