San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I


CLOUD-CAPPED STAR (Meghe Dhaka Tara)

11:30 am, Saturday November 12th, Castro Cinema
Admission: $9
Director: Ritwik Gathak
Country: India (1960)
Running Time: 134 mins; B&W 35mm Print from British Film Institute
In Bengali w/English Subtitles



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Ritwik Ghatak has come to be regarded as one of the greatest directors of Indian independent film. Satyajit Ray considered his rendering of powerful images, virtually unsurpassed in Indian cinema. With its spare script, audacious expressionist soundtrack and startling cinematic elegance, "Cloud-Capped Star" is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece -- infinitely compassionate while remaining resolutely unsentimental. The film is a bleak yet absolutely gripping portrayal of a daughter from a middle-class refugee family who sacrifices everything to keep her family afloat.

The film delves into Nita's life, the lives of her family and of those in exile, scarred and scattered by the 1947 partition of India. Ghatak's experimental style, manifests the deep tensions weighing on his characters from various directions. This is a rare screening and an opportunity not to be missed.

*Introduction by Professor Sudipto Chatterjee of UC Berkeley*



Exclusively sponsored by Center for South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley


FAF (Film Arts Foundation)
SF Cinematheque
Progressive Bengali Network (PBN)