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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Padma Nadir Majhi

Fortnight 1993, Feature film, 2 h 06

Synopsis

 » Padma Nadir Majhi  » is a saga about man’s eternal struggle against hostile nature, against oppressive society, and against his own dark and irrepressible desires. Its locale is the mighty river Padma that meanders through the heart of Bengal; its characters brave boatmen who challenge its dangerous waters for survival. Set in an India before partition of 1947, it is a contemporary classic by the Bengali novelist Manik Bannerji. Around Kuber the boatman is woven an elemental tapestry of situations and characters. His crippled wife Mala, his voluptuous sister-in-law Kapila, his adventurous employer Hossain Mian, his children and his neighbours are caught in a vortex of passion and poverty, lust and love, dreams and desperation. Always, there is the river Padma, whose banks are constantly eroding and reforming, mercurial as the men who live on them. And where the river meets the sea, stands Hossain Mian’s Moina Island. Is it the promised land, the last refuge, the ultimate paradise, or yet another vortex, another inferno ?

Director

Goutam Ghose

He graduated in Calcutta, he started his carreer in theater. He sometimes was a photojournalist and made documentaries. His documentary and fictional work was many awarded all over the world. His film Dakhal was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight in 1982. Le Batelier de Padma is his fifth feature film: he was best director of the year in 1993 in India.

Adul Khaer
Asaad
Champa
Hasan Imam
Rabi Ghosh
Rupa Ganguly
Utpal Dutt

Screenplay
Goutam Ghose d’après le roman de Manik Bannerji

Image
Goutam Ghose

Sound
Anup Mukherji

Editing
Moloy Bannerji

Music
Goutam Ghose & Aauddin Ali

Set decoration
Ashoke Bose, Mohiuddin Faroque

Production : Government of West Bengal, Calcutta, Inde Vente à l’étranger : Fortissimo Film Sales, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

Title in Original Version : Le Batelier De Padma

Awards

Prix du CICT