I'm putting on a night of Bengali cinema at a new arts space called DIG in Lewisham next wednesday. Come along.
An Evening of Bengali Cinema.
Starting with* ‘Kahanni’ (2012), Directed by Sujoy Ghosh*
In Kahanni we are taken on a visceral journey through contemporary Kolkata; as seen through the eyes of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant non-resident Indian (NRI) In search of her missing husband.
Vidya occupies a grey area between insider and outsider as she struggles to penetrate the heady world of Kolkata. This allows the audience to share in her discoveries as over the course of a hot and bustling 122 minutes the city reveals itself.
However at heart Kahanni is thoroughly a Thriller. From the first scene to the last, the story unfolds furtively from one waypoint to the next. Yet unbeknown to us beneath the surface the cogs have been set in motion towards an inescapable conclusion.
Following Kahaani will be;
‘Pather Panchali’ (1955), Directed by Satyajit Ray
A true classic not only of Bengali, but of world cinema. Satyajit Rays renowned career began with this his first film. Set in a remote village at the beginning of the twentieth century, it tells the simple story of a family and its children. Moments of joy and despair are both treated with the same understated clarity.
Simple, Intimate and beautiful.