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Satyajit Ray's Pratidwandi to be screened at Cannes Film Festival

Published: 7th May, 2022


Satyajit Ray’s 1970 movie, ‘Pratidwandi’ (The Adversary), which tells the story of an educated middle-class man caught in the turmoil of social unrest, was selected to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.


Cannes Film Festival:

  • Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1946 and the invitation-only festival is held usually in May every year.
  • Cannes is also one of the Big Three major European Film Festivals, alongside the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany and Venice Film Festival in Italy.
  • Cannes 2022:
  • India has been chosen as ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche’ Du Film at the Cannes Film Festival 2022.
  • As Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2022 with India being the country of honour, the festival will screen Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi in Cannes Classic Selection.
  • The 1970 film has been restored under the National Film Heritage Mission which is a project undertaken by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
  • Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone has been announced as part of the competition jury of the Cannes Film Festival 2022.

Satyajit Ray:

  • Satyajit Ray, Bengali film director, novelist, and illustrator best known for Pather Panchali (The Song of the Road) and its two sequels, collectively known as the Apu Trilogy.
  • Ray was known for his humanism, versatility, and careful control over his films and their soundtracks as a director.
  • He was regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of the twentieth century.
  • His outstanding film works include "Pather Panchali," "Charulata," "Aparajito," and "The World of Apu," which changed the course of Indian cinema and earned him the Padma Bhushan, Bharat Ratna, and an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in

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