The Apu Trilogy: The Unvanquished

Archival Presentations

SIFF Says:

Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to PATHER PANCHALI, but after the film’s international success he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. THE UNVANQUISHED, also known as APARAJITO, picks up where the first film left off, with Apu (Pinaki Sen Gupta) and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Benares. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager (now played by Smaran Ghosal), we watch the formation of a life that grows ever richer in moral and emotional complexity, in regards to both his studies and his relationship with his mother (Karuna Banerjee). This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu. A stunning new 4K restoration of this masterpiece of Indian cinema.

Stranger Says:

: Part two (don’t worry about seeing them out of order) follows our hero from age 10 until he’s offered a scholarship to a university in Calcutta, in an innovative documentary style. Apu is always being forced to decide whether to devote himself to his family or indulge in what he wants to do and where he wants to go, and the struggle is as relevant today as it was in India in 1958. Beatles fans note: music by Ravi Shankar. (ANDY SPLETZER)

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Film Credits
Satyajit Ray
Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal
SIFF 2015