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Satyajit Ray – THE HERO at Berlinale

filminquiry.com
 2021-03-18

Cover picture for the articleThe year 2021 will find special mention in the annals of Berlinale history for giving us the first-ever virtually programmed edition of the largest film festival in the world. Something else is also unique about this year as May 2nd will mark the birth centenary of an auteur whose name pops up more than any other filmmaker in the seventy-year history of the Berlinale. I’m referring to India’s greatest known filmmaker Satyajit Ray who is hero-worshipped in Berlin for being one of only four filmmakers to win the Silver Bear for Best Director more than once and for receiving a record number of seven Golden Bear nominations. In this piece, I’ll be reflecting on one of Ray’s Golden Bear nominated films, The Hero, which won the Special Jury Award and the Critics’ Prize (UNICRIT Award) at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1966. Perhaps, it is only fitting that this article’s heading – Satyajit Ray – The Hero at Berlinale – alludes to a dual reference of the filmmaker and his film.

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