Satyajit Ray was an Indian Bengali filmmaker, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Born in Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature, Ray started his career as a commercial artist. He was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica’s Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London. Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. He authored several short stories and novels, primarily aimed at children and adolescents. Feluda, the sleuth, and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fiction stories, are popular fictional characters created by him. Ray’s first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many awards, including 36 National Film Awards by the Government of India, and awards at international film festivals. At the Berlin International Film Festival, he was one of only four filmmakers to win the Silver Bear for Best Director more than once and holds the record for the most Golden Bear nominations. At the Venice Film Festival, where he had previously won a Golden Lion for Aparajito (1956), he was awarded the Golden Lion Honorary Award in 1982. Ray is the second film personality after Charlie Chaplin to have been awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France in 1987.The Government of India awarded him the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1985, Padma Bhushan in 1965 and the highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, shortly before his death. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Ray an Honorary Award in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement.
Year of production : 1989
Language : Bengali
Length : 100 mins
Subtitles : English & French (separate versions)
Venue : online from 19th to 28th 2021
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Synopsis : This is an adventure story of the fictional genius scientist and inventor Professor Shonku visiting the heart of the Amazon forests in search of the mythical city of El Dorado. One day, a typical Bengali gentleman Nakur Chandra Biswas alias Nakur Babu comes to meet him in Shonku’s house in Giridih. He lives in Makardaha. Shanku realises that Nakur Babu has a supernatural power having the ability to read other’s minds and see the future.
Duration: 93 mins
Subtitles: Bilingual (English and French)
Venue: Cinémathèque Québécoise, on 26th Nov at 19h00
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The screening at Cinémathèque on 26th Nov, will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and other distinguished panelists. The following are the details of the panelists :