Ray Day: Cannes Film Festival to pay tribute to Satyajit Ray screening 10 films
- The Cannes Film Festival will display a special 10-film retrospective of Ray
- The 12-day Cannes Film Festival begins on May 17
- The Apu Trilogy - Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar - and Charulata are the four films expected to be included on the list
Cannes Film Festival 2022 will screen a special 10-film retrospective of Satyajit Ray to pay a tribute to the legendary film director on his 101st birthday. The Cannes organisers are already in talks with the Indian government on this matter.
The retrospective could be a delayed centenary tribute to Ray but it will be a fine tribute to India’s one of the greatest filmmakers. The Cannes festival, who was postponed in 2021, was rescheduled from May to July due to some logistical difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 12-day film festival begins on May 17. At this moment, the organisers are making a list of the 10 films that will be shown in the retrospective. The Apu Trilogy
- Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar - and Charulata are the four films expected to be included on the list.
It must be told that in 1956 Satyajit Ray had won the Best Human Document award at Cannes for ‘Pather Panchali’. This was also the first time a Satyajit Ray film won an award at any major international film festival. Now, as Cannes has decided to host a Ray retrospective it will be a fitting tribute to him. After ‘Pather Panchali’, ‘Aparajito’ won the Gold Lion award for Best Film in Venice. Then in 1973, ‘Ashani Sanket’ was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and in 1965, Charulata grabbed the Silver Bear honour.
‘Pather Panchali’ was Ray’s first film which won eleven international accolades.
Satyajit ray films that have been restored could also be part of the 10-film list. The final list of the 10 films will be announced soon.
The Government of India honoured Ray with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award in India, in 1992. Ray was also known for his written works, such as the Feluda Somogro, where he created one of the most famous detective characters for children, Feluda aka Pradosh Chandra Mitter. He is also known for his horror stories.