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Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”
The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham,
The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.
The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon,
By Raymond Benson
I’ll bet many of you cinephiles out there have heard of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed trilogy of films from the 1950s (Pather Panchali, aka Song of the Little Road, 1955; Aparajito, aka The Unvanquished, 1956; and Apur Sansar, aka The World of Apu, 1959), but have never actually seen them. Here is your chance to rectify that egregious error. Quite simply put, anyone interested in film history needs to have this trio of motion pictures under the belt.
Satyajit Ray, who received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, began his career as an illustrator of books. One of these was Pather Panchali, a classic of Bengali literature (1928) written by Bibhutibushan Bandyopadhyay, and its sequel, Aparajito (1932). They comprise the story of the growth of a boy from infancy to adulthood over the course of twenty-five years or so (from the 1910s to the 1930s
Written and directed by Satyajit Ray
The Criterion Collection set of Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy has been one of the more eagerly anticipated releases in recent years. These masterworks of world cinema, widely acclaimed for decades, have been long overdue a much-deserved superior treatment on home video. Now though, benefitting from a 4K digital restoration by the Academy Film Archive and L’Immagine Ritrovata, and with a wealth of bonus features, these exceptional films are available in the superb presentation so many have been waiting for.
But to start at the source, such a treatment would not have been warranted in the first place were the films themselves not so remarkable, and that they most certainly are. As no less an authority than Akira Kurosawa puts it, “To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without
One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality
The film has been released on social media and it has gained widespread recognition and eyeballs of the proportions that may not have been possible were this short film had been released in a movie hall. The success of Ahalya has underlined the fact that as a filmmaker one need not feel despaired if one is not getting screen to display the films, the options have really
The film has been released on social media and it has gained widespread recognition and eyeballs of the proportions that may not have been possible were this short film had been released in a movie hall. The success of Ahilya has underlined the fact that as a filmmaker one need not feel despaired if one is not getting screen to display the films, the options have really
“The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. … I feel that he is a “giant” of the movie industry. Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”
This is especially true of the final film in the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar. In it, Ray gives us an adult Apu – alone in the world after the death of his mother, leaving his studies because he no longer can afford them,
Following an incredible seven-year restoration program, Janus Films proudly releases The Apu Trilogy in North American theaters beginning in New York followed by releases in several other major cities throughout May and June allowing film lovers of all generations to experience one of India’s greatest masterpieces on the big screen. Additional cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Vancouver.
These delicate masterworks – Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished
Suchitra Sen Film Festival- a tribute.
Screening of acclaimed films of Suchitra Sen like Harano Sur, Bombai Ka Babu, Aatmiyo Swajan, Aandhi, Guerrilla and Lal Tip.
The festival is being organised by the Entertainment Society of Goa.
Free and open to all.
About the event:
List of films
Harano Sur (11 April)
Director: Ajay Kar
(1957, 162min, B/W)
Cast: Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, Pahari Sanyal, Utpal Dutta.
Aloke Mukherjee (Uttam Kumar), mentally imbalanced, following a train accident, is rescued on escaping from the asylum by Doctor Roma Banerjee (Suchitra Sen). There, while treating him at her home they fall in love, and marry. But a second accident makes Aloke recall his past life as a rich businessman in Calcutta and forget Roma. Could Aloke ultimately remember the days he spent with wife Roma?
Bombai Ka Babu (12 April)
Director: Raj Khosla
Cast: Suchitra Sen,
Cinema in India has now split up into several pan-Indian categories. Apart from the mainstream Hindi film we have the ‘indie’ cinema represented by films like The Lunchbox and Ship of Theseus as well as the documentary (Fire in the Blood), which has become commercially viable, as it was not. Apart from these categories, there is the regional art film which, unlike its popular counterpart, is pan-Indian rather than local – because it is aimed at audiences at film festivals and other pan-Indian cultural gatherings, and cannot be imagined without subtitles in English. The pan-Indian art film is gaining ground across India and well-known film critics were also recommending the Indian Panorama
Privileged to have worked with the master in the early phases of their career, Chatterjee and Tagore recalled how the meticulous director ingrained in them the basic tenets of acting that guided them in their celluloid sojourns through decades and still continues to resonate long after his death.
"Every time you see his films, you discover something.
Congratulations poured in through the day for the thespian, who starred in 14 celluloid classics of Satyajit Ray.
Equally at ease in films and on stage, he is renowned for his elocutionary prowess and last year, his doodles and sketches were also exhibited.
Bengali superstar Prosenjit who considers Chatterjee his "uncle" tweeted: "Happy Birthday to Soumitra Kaku, my guardian, philosopher and father. many happy returns of the day."
The actor flagged-off the celebrations at the Academy of Fine Arts here.
As part of the evergreen.
But the "kiss" that the iconic actress spoke of, was not in a literal sense.
Roy, then a reporter with Uni, had approached Sen with a questionnaire on the issue of the kiss in Indian films, which had become a raging debate in the late 1970s.
"The issue was whether it was right to have kissing scenes in Indian films or not. The matter was fiercely debated in parliament also. So, I prepared a set of questions, and sent it to filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen and actors Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterjee. I had given a set to Suchitra also.
Filmmaker Aparna Sen recalled how, at a party, Sen had playfully mimicked a scene from "Saat Paakhe Bandha" - the film that fetched her the Silver Prize for best actress at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, the first international recognition for a Bengali actress.
"Asit Chowdhury had thrown a party after she won.
"He was such a colossal figure, there can be no alternative to Manna da. People like him evolve into banyan trees on the strength of their work. I am at a loss for words," said Chatterjee, who has lipped a large number of popular songs of Dey in Bengali films over the decades.
The actor said while in college, he attended some functions where Dey accompanied his uncle - the celebrated singer Krishna Chandra Dey..
With the arrival of her brother-in-law, the Bohemian poet Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), Charulata begins to realise her yearning for something different both in finding her voice as a writer and her unfulfilled romantic longings in the lighter more attractive brother. Ray takes the conventional premise of the desperate housewife and creates something astonishing, a subtle and measured examination of frustration,
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