The Cloud-Capped Star

The Cloud-Capped Star

Dir: Ritwik Ghatak|India|1960|126 min|PG

An undisputed arthouse classic that introduced a new vision of Indian cinema to the world. Writer/director Ritwik Ghatak’s story of a post-partition Bengali family is a dark melodrama, full of expressionistic beauty and showing a rare empathy for its female characters.

In a refugee camp on the outskirts Calcutta in the late 1950s, Nita (Supriya Choudhury) works diligently to support her parents and siblings, who have been forced to move from East Pakistan following Partition. Nita is willing to sacrifice everything for her family: her happiness, her education, her money and her health. Exploited by the society that surrounds her and taken for granted by her own family, Nita is forced to bear the consequences of political upheaval.

A visually sublime, provocative and deeply personal account of poverty and exile, The Cloud-Capped Star is a bitter critique of the harsh social and economic conditions arising from Partition.

'A searing piece of work, resonant and beautifully structured...' Time Out 

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Booking information

Available formats
35mm/DVD
Booking email
programming@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk
Booking phone
0207 079 0476
Costs
35mm: 35% / £135 MG + print transport
DVD: 35% / £100 MG

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