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INDIA ON FILM @BFI 33 SUN 10 DEC WED 20 DEC 17:30 NFT3 18:05 NFT3 SUN 10 DEC SAT 23 DEC 20:10 NFT3 17:40 NFT3 SUN 10 DEC MON 11 DEC 14:50 NFT3 18:10 NFT3 The Unvanquished Aparajito India 1956. Dir Satyajit Ray. With Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Smaran Ghosal. 110min. Digital. Bengali with EST. U Evocatively shot by novice cameraman Subrata Mitra, who famously used bounced natural light when forced into a studio, this second film follows the development of Apu as he grows up in busy Varanasi (Benares) and, later, Calcutta. His intellectual curiosity takes him through a series of doorways, away from his mother, towards a new life as an adult. The film won multiple festival awards including the Golden Lion at Venice. Pather Panchali Song of the Little Road India 1955. Dir Satyajit Ray. With Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee. 125min. Digital. Bengali with EST. U Adapted from a popular novel, Ray’s directorial debut was several years in production and fraught with funding problems. Shot mainly on location in a small village, with an inexperienced crew and mostly amateur actors, its sincere naturalistic style still wins the hearts of audiences worldwide. Our young hero Apu is introduced as his eye is uncovered from his blankets; this powerful story of rural life is carried significantly by his vision of the world. The World of Apu Apu Sansar India 1959. Dir Satyajit Ray. With Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty. 105min. Digital. Bengali with EST. U Winning the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival, this final instalment of the Apu Trilogy sees Apu set out to become a writer and a husband. Soumitra Chatterjee features in his first role for Ray and is joined by a teenage Sharmila Tagore; both give moving performances which traverse love and grief. Apu Sansar is a deeply observed and highly accomplished film, with music, again, by the formidable Ravi Shankar. TALK FREE Seniors’ Free Talk: Mamoun Hassan on Pather Panchali TRT 90min Author Arthur C Clarke once said: ‘There is cinema and there is Pather Panchali.’ The film is unique. It may be imperfect, but it catches the stuff of life. Satyajit Ray went on to make half a dozen masterpieces but none match his first film – it haunted him and it will haunt you too. Join filmmaker Mamoun Hassan on an exploration of the many layers of this newly restored work. Free for over-60s (booking by phone or in person only), otherwise normal matinee price Prior viewing of Pather Panchali is recommended See p26 for a seniors’ archive free matinee MON 11 DEC 14:00 NFT2


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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