BFI Southbank Celebrates Master Filmmaker Satyajit Ray This Summer

The BFI announced a full programme for Satyajit Ray: The Language of Film, a season celebrating one of the true masters of world cinema. Satyajit Ray’s centenary in 2021, as well as 75 years of Indian independence, mark a timely juncture to showcase his complete body of remarkable work including his Pather Panchali (1955), The World Of Apu (1959), The Music Room (1958), The Lonely Wife (1964), Days And Nights In The Forest (1970) and many more. Programmed thematically by Sangeeta Datta, the season will include numerous restorations on 35mm from their archives to brand new 4K restorations.

One of the highlights of the season will be a BFI re-release of The Big City (1963), in selected cinemas UK-wide from 22 July and screening on extended run at BFI Southbank. There will also be an afternoon of talks and discussions offering different approaches to appreciating Ray, and looking at his influences and legacy: Satyajit Ray: His Home And The World on 16 July will welcome expert speakers who will trace key themes in his work including the city and what it represents, the women in his films, the use of music (often composed by Ray himself), and the development of his distinctive cinematic language.

BFI Members Book Club: Satyajit Ray will take place in the BFI Reuben Library on 15 August offering BFI Members a chance to explore, alongside the BFI’s expert collections team, the wealth of literature charting Ray’s impact on Indian cinema, alongside a journey through his fascinating life.

For full listings of the Satyajit Ray programme visit:


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