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The 24th edition of the biennial Europalia International Arts Festival in Europe will be dedicated to India to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.
The festival will be held in several cities of Belgium and The Netherlands including Brussels, Antwerpen and Den Haag from October 4, 2013 – January 26, 2014.
Five of Kashyap’s films will be screened under the Anurag Kashyap Focus – Cinematek section: Ugly (2013), Black Friday (2004), Dev D (2009), Gulal (2009) and Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012). Besides, three films recommended by Kashyap will also be screened at the festival: Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghorey Da Daan, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Satish Manwar’s Gabhricha Paus.
Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar and Jalsaghar will be presented as part of the Satyajit Ray Retrospective. Guru Dutt Retrospective will screen his films Baazi, Jaal, Baaz, Aar Paar, Mr. And Mrs. 55, Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam and Kagaz Ke Phool.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold special screening of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy using new prints of the films preserved by the Academy Film Archive.
Actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar) and Dilip Basu, Founding Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center collection at the University of California will be present as special guests for the screenings.
Satyajit Ray received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 1992 “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”
BFI London is about to begin a two month long Satyajit Ray season. Starting on the 14th of August 2013, Dr Manishita Dass of Royal Holloway will host an introductory talk that will not only discuss Ray’s films but ‘explore the lesser-known links between his filmmaking and his career as a writer and a commercial artist’ (BFI).
Born in 1921, Calcutta, Ray is regarded as one of the most prolific film makers of the world. He achieved numerous awards, including the Bharat Ratna , the highest civilian award from the Indian Government, an honorary doctorate by Oxford University and 32 National Film Awards by the Government of India. His very first film Pather Panchali alone won 11 international awards.
- Aashi Gahlot
The British Film Institute (BFI) is hosting a special two-month Satyajit Ray season, the first of which will be held in August. Ray’s films will be screened throughout the month in London, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ray received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement-just before his death in Calcutta-in 1992.
The films to be screened as part of Ray season in August are Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Mahanagar, Jalsaghar, Apur Sansar, Devi, Teen Kanya, Charulata, Kanchenjungha, Nayak, Kapurush, Chiriakhana, Abhijan and Parash Pathar.
May 3, 1913 went down in history as the release date of the first Indian film Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke. Exactly 100 years later releases a documentary Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur that leads us to the man responsible for finding and preserving whatever remained of India’s first film and the films that were made thereafter. The man who gave us our cinematic history by building the National Film Archive. DearCinema.com reproduces a detailed interview with P.K Nair. This interview was recorded in Pune in 2008 for Asian Film Foundation to mark his felicitation with Satyajit Ray Memorial Award.
What memories do you have of watching your first film?
It was in the early forties, at the height of war. I must have been hardly eight years old.
The venue: a Tent Cinema in Thiruvnanthapuram Putharikandam Maidan, almost the same venue of the present Padmanabha Theatre. Nearly half the »
- Bikas Mishra
Google is celebrating Satyajit Ray’s 92nd birth anniversary with a special doodle depicting the famous train scene from Pather Panchali, his most famous debut film from the Apu Trilogy. The film won an award for the Best Human Document at the Cannes film festival in 1956.
Ray, the most critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker, was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1992 “For his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures and for his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world”.
From March 12-28, nine films of Satyajit Ray will be screened at the Cinematheque de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. The retrospective programme includes the screening of Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar), Charulata, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Jalsaghar, Sadgati, Bala, Mahanagar and Satyajit Ray, a biopic on Ray by Shyam Benegal.
Organized by the Filmoteca de Catalunya, a film archive in Spain, in collaboration with ImagineIndia and Directorate of Film Festivals of India, the sixteen day programme celebrates Ray’s depiction of “the modern ideals of a society, that was also a colonized country. A filmmaker (Ray) who should be visited from time to time so as to not lose sight of what is essential,” states the Filmoteca de Catalunya website.
7 items from 2013
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