Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast includes: Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta
Satyajit Ray's birth centenary celebration
125 Min / 1955 / India, subtitles

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With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. This is your opportunity to see on the big screen this extraordinary depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism.

This naturalistic, but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir - vivid, multifaceted characters all.

With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

Pather Panchali is the first in the 'Apu' trilogy of films by Satyajit Ray. The second film of the trilogy, Aparajito, will screen on Sunday 12th September. Book now for Aparajito >>

The third film in the trilogy, Apur Sansar, will screen on Sunday 19th September. Book now for Apur Sansar >>

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