70 Directors for Venice 70
- SHEKHAR KAPUR
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Shekhar Kapur is not only the Indian filmmaker who enjoys the greatest international prestige, he is also a refi ned intellectual humanist interested in social issues, in the transformations brought about by the diffusion of new media and the exploration of the convergence between innovative technologies and original content. He moved to Great Britain in 1970, and began his film career as an actor in the film Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) followed by Toote Khilone (1978) and in several Bollywood productions. Shekhar Kapur made his directing debut in 1983 with the family drama Masoom, and won public acclaim in 1987 with Mr. India. His consecration by critics came with Bandit Queen (1994). Following a series of productions in Bollywood, he achieved international recognition with Elizabeth (1998), inspired by the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England and nominated for seven Academy Awards. In 2002 came The Four Feathers, an anti-colonialist interpretation of the homonymous novel by Alfred Edward Woodley Mason. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) won two more nominations for the Academy Awards and public and critical acclaim. In 2009 Shekhar Kapur filmed an episode in the collective film New York, I Love You, starring Julie Christie, John Hurt and Shia LaBeouf. Also in 2009, he directed Passage, a short film about the reunion of three sisters (Lily Cole, Julia Stiles, Haley Bennett). In 2012 he is working on his new feature Paani.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
1998 – Elizabeth – Out of Competition (director)
2012 – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film (President)