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69th Venice Film Festival forgets Satayajit Ray in the 100th year of Indian cinema

July 27, 2012 11:13:49 AM IST
By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
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The 69th Venice International Film Festival has unveiled its line up and given a short shrift to Indian cinema which is celebrating 100 years of its existence. Alberto Barbera, the artistic director of the festival, seems completely unaware of this fact. It is understandable that Berbera and his team of selectors could not find any Indian film worth inclusion in the festival's Competition or Orizzonti (Horizons) programmes but what is surprising and even appallingly shocking is that they picked up the Los Angeles based filmmaker Michael Singh's VALENTINO'S GHOST, a 2012 documentary, for their Venice Classics section. Singh has made a few video shorts and documentaries in the past. Now, suddenly, his name features among great names of world cinema like Ingmar Bergman, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles.

This is a serious error of judgment and an unimaginable faux pas by the oldest and the most prestigious film festival of the world. Alberto Berbera and the other Venice Film Festival authorities seem to have completely ignored an Indian name of world cinema none can ever forget - Satyajit Ray. His 1956 film APARAJITO, the second film in his Apu Trilogy, had won a Golden Lion at Venice in 1957. Ray was also awarded the Golden Lion Honorary Award in 1982. His film and name is missing in the Retrospective list of the festival as well.

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)


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