The Festival’s Patron

Since 2012, Île Courts Festival invites a great independent filmmaker, hailing from Africa or Asia, to be the patron of the festival. After the Senegalese director Moussa Touré, it’s in 2014 the turn of one of the leaders of Indian independant cinema, Anurag Kashyap, to come share with us his vision of filmmaking.

With the support of the Culture & Avenir unit of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Anurag Kashyap

Patron of the 7th edition of Île Courts Festival

The masterclass, is an opportunity for Mauritian directors and film buffs to challenge their ideas about cinemaby meeting a major filmmaker. The Indian scriptwriter, director and producer Anurag Kashyap’s fascination with cinema started from a very early age. He is the director of many critically-acclaimed films which have been praised for their bold visual style and innovative narrative structure. His films have turned him into a iconic figure of the new wave of Indian cinema around the world. In Mauritius, Anurag Kashyap hopes to share with us, in a most candid way, his own deeply personal vision of the seventh art.

anurag_kashyapAnurag Kashyap sets the foundation of his career by writing the script of Satya (1998), an unapologetically and brutally realistic gangster film directed by Gopal Varma. In 1999, he writes and directs a short film, Last Train to Mahakali, which earns itself the Special Jury Award at the at 8th Star Screen Awards.

It’s in 2000 that he makes his first steps into feature-length filmmaking with Paanch, which remains up to this day unreleased because of objections from the Indian Censor Board. He then directs Black Friday, a film inspired by the 1993 Mumbai bombings. It earns him the Grand Jury Prize of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2005 as well as a nomination for the Golden Leopard (for best international film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival in 2004.

In 2009, he writes and directs Dev. D, a modern reinterpretation of Sarat Chandra Chattaopadhyay’s classic novella Devdas. The film is heralded around the world, mainly because of its audaciously original visual style, experimental soundtrack and innovative narrative structure. It is internationally recognized as a revolutionary Indian film..

Anurag Kashyap next directs No Smoking (2007), Return of Hanuman (2007), Gulal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). In addition, he produces Udaan (2010), an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. Following this, he produces Shaitan in 2011 and co-produces Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna in 2012. His film Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II) is selected for the Director’s Fornight and his production Peddlers, first film of Vasan Bala, for the Semaine de la Critique of Cannes 2012. Peddlers is later honoured with the festival’s prestigious Caméra d’Or award.

In 2013, Anurag Kashyap has no less than five of his films, either directed or produced, selected at Cannes: Ugly for the Directors’ Fortnight, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, Bombay Talkies the collective work of a team of five Indian directors, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox (2013) and Ari Folman’s The Congress.

He is a jury member of the 66th Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and, more recently, of the Marrakech International Film Festival side by side with Martin Scorses, the president of the jury of the prize for the best feature film. Kashyap’s films have made him a leading figure of the new wave in Indian cinema at numerous prestigious events around the globe.

In 2013, he is made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, in a ceremony held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Listen to an interview from May 25, 2014 of Anurag Kashyap in French on France Inter’s show Cosmopolitaine.



1999 . Last Train To Mahakali (short film)

Non distribué . Paanch

2004 . Black Friday

2007 . No Smoking

2007 . Return of Hanuman

2009 . Dev. D

2009 . Gulaal

2011 . That Girl in Yellow Boots

2012 . Gangs of Wasseypur . 1

2012 . Gangs of Wasseypur . 2

2013 . Bombay Talkies

2014 . Ugly

Upcoming . Bombay Velvet


2010 . Udaan . Vikramaditya Motwane

2011 . That Girl in Yellow Boots . Anurag Kashyap

2011 . Shaitan . Bejoy Nambiar

2011 . Trishna (co-producer) . Michael Winterbottom

2012 . Gangs of Wasseypur . 1

2012 . Gangs of Wasseypur . 2

2012 . Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana . Sameer Sharma

2012 . Aiyya . Sachin Kundalkar

2013 . The Lunchbox . Ritesh Batra

2013 . Lootera . Vikramaditya Motwane

2013 . Shahid . Hansal Mehta

Post production . Michael . Ribhu Dasgupta

Post production . Monsoon Shootout (co-producer) . Amit Kumar

Post production . Peddlers . Vasan Bala

Post production . Haraamkhor . Shlok Sharma

Post production . Vakratunda Mahakayaa . Punarvasu Naik

Post production . Tasher Desh . Q

Post production . White Lies . Danis Tanovic

Post production . The Congress (co-producer) . Ari Folman

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.