The two-month celebrations kicked off at BFI Southbank on Wednesday in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who have restored many of the titles to be screened in new prints. (Agencies)
"Ray is probably India's finest cultural export and his unique cinematic legacy is renowned and revered by directors across the world. This is a season that will inspire and move audiences and promises to be just too good to miss," a BFI statement said.
An illustrated talk by Manishita Dass, lecturer in World Cinema at Royal Holloway, University of London, will set the scene, followed by screenings of "Pather Panchali", "Aparajito" and "Apur Sansar" among others.
"Two decades ago Ray received an Academy Award for his Lifetime Achievement just before his death in Calcutta. Since then India has become vastly wealthier but the director's films have lost none of their power, humanity, humour and topicality for both Indians and the world," the BFI statement added.
The film season is accompanied by an exclusive exhibition of his poster designs, to highlight the versatility of the Kolkata-born filmmaker who also wrote his scripts, designed sets and costumes, acted out the roles for his actors, operated the camera, edited each frame and then composed the music.
The retrospective concludes in October with newly restored prints of films from the latter part of the Bengali master's career including "The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha", "The Golden Fortress" and "The Stranger".
The two-month celebrations kicked off at BFI Southbank on Wednesday in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who have restored many of the titles to be screened in new prints.