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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Pather Panchali

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1h 55

Synopsis

Nishchindipur, in the heart of Bengal, 1910. Harihar Ray’s family – his wife Sarbojaya and daughter Durga – live poorly in the ancestral house. Indir, an elderly widow and distant relative of Harihar, lives with them. Sarbojaya gives birth to a boy, Apu. Six years later. Harihar leaves in the hope of making money. Sarbojaya stays alone with her children, in growing misery. When Monsoon breaks out Durga catches a cold and dies. Harihar returns and decides to leave the village with his family…

Director

Satyajit Ray

He was born in India. He was a director, a producer and a screenwriter as well as a composer, a writer and graphic designer. He was a towering figure in the world of cinema. He studied at the university in Calcutta and later joined Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s university to study art. He began his career as a commercial artist. He founded Calcutta’s first film society in 1947 and made his first film, Pather Panchali, in 1955, while working at an advertising agency. Pather Panchali was an immediate success and won Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. Pather Panchali with his Aparajito and Apur Sansar are known as ‘Apu Trilogy’. His later films include Jalsaghar , Kanchenjunga, Charulata, Ashanti Sanket and Agantuk (The Stranger) among others. Ray also edited Sandesh, a children’s magazine and wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction works. In 1992 he received an honorary Academy Award. He died in 1992.

Kanu Banerjee
Karuna Banerjee
Subir Banerjee
Uma Das Gupta

Screenplay
Satyajit Ray, d’après le roman de Bibhutibhusan Banerjee

Image
Subrata Mitra

Sound
Bhupen Ghosh

Editing
Dulal Dutta

Music
Ravi Shankar

Set decoration
Bansi Chandragupta

Production : Government of West Bengal Distribution : Merchant Ivory