Cannes 2022: Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi screening to celebrate India

Mumbai: With the Cannes Film Festival celebrating its seventy fifth version this yr and India being the Country of Honour, the competition will display screen Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed film ‘Pratidwandi’ (1970).

‘Pratidwandi’ has been formally chosen for a particular screening within the Cannes Classic part this yr.

Based on a novel by the identical title by Sunil Gangopadhyay, the movie unfolds the story of Siddharta, an informed middle-class youth caught within the turmoil of social unrest, coping with his struggles to discover a job.

The movie is understood for experimenting with particular strategies comparable to photo-negative flashbacks. It bagged three National Awards, together with Best Direction, in 1971. It additionally gained a nomination for the Gold Hugo Award on the Chicago International Film Festival in 1971.

Last yr on the event of Ray’s beginning centenary, NFDC-NFAI kickstarted a mission of digitally restoring his movies in 4K decision. ‘Pratidwandi’ was one of many first movies chosen for the aim.

Ravinder Bhakar, Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), mentioned, “Ray set out many firsts on this planet of cinema. ‘Pratidwandi’ is understood for experimenting with strategies comparable to photo-negative flashbacks, amongst others. The NFAI (National Film Archive of India) has been diligent about this whereas restoring the unique destructive. We are happy to roll out the primary of the ‘Calcutta Trilogy’ of Ray on the Cannes Film Festival.”

Seemabaddha (1971) and Jana Aranya (1976) have been the subsequent two movies directed by Ray that shaped his ‘Calcutta Trilogy’.

The seventy fifth version of the Cannes Film Festival will happen from May 17 to 28.


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