Pather Panchali at San Francisco Festival


MUMBAI: The Satyajit Ray classic Pather Panchali will be screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, (SFIFF) which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


The festival that will take place from 26 April to 10 May 2007, is the longest-running festival in the Americas, says a release.


Interestingly, Pather Panchali was screened at the very first SFIFF in 1957 and had  earned Ray the Golden Gate Award for Best Film and Best Director. Ray was the recipient of the festival’s Akira Kurosawa Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing, in 1992 too. However, the filmmaker passed away a few weeks before the festival; and actor Sharmila Tagore accepted the award on his behalf.


During the festival’s 50 year history, 15 of Satyajit Ray’s films have been shown at the festival, which has honoured directors Sally Potter (’93), Artur Aristakisian (’94) and Moufida Tlatli (’95) with the Satyajit Ray Award, given to ‘young filmmakers of exceptional promise.’