Pather Panchali


Pather Panchali has won many national and international awards.[97] At India's 3rd National Film Awards in 1955, it was named Best Feature Film and Best Bengali Feature Film.[98] The next year, it competed for the Palme d'Or at Cannes,[99] where it won Best Human Document[97] and an OCIC Award – Special Mention.[100] More awards from film festivals across the world followed: the Vatican Award (Rome),[101] the Golden Carbao (Manila),[97] and the Diploma of Merit (Edinburgh) in 1956;[101] the Selznick Golden Laurel for Best Film (Berlin), the Golden Gate for Best Director and Best Picture (San Francisco) in 1957;[101] Best Film (Vancouver), and the Critics' Award for Best Film (Stratford) in 1958.[101][102] It also won several awards for best foreign-language film: at the National Board of Review Awards 1958;[103] at the Afro Arts Theater, New York, 1959;[101] the Kinema Jumpo Award in Japan, 1966;[101] and the Bodil Award in Denmark, 1969.[104] In 1958 it had been nominated for Best Film at the 11th British Academy Film Awards.[105]

Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute's (BFI) magazine, has included Pather Panchali several times in its Critics' Polls of the greatest-ever films. In 1962, it ranked 11th;[106] in 1992, 6th;[107] and in 2002, 22nd.[108] The magazine ranked the film 42nd in its 2012 list of "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time".[109] In 1998, in a similar critics' poll from Asian film magazine Cinemaya, Pather Panchali was ranked the second-greatest film of all time.[110] The Village Voice ranked the film at number 12 (tied with The Godfather) in its Top 250 "Best Films of the Century" list in 1999, based on a poll of critics.[111]

Pather Panchali was included in various other all-time lists, including Time Out's "Centenary Top One Hundred Films" in 1995,[112] the San Francisco Chronicle "Hot 100 Films From the Past" in 1997,[113] the Rolling Stone "100 Maverick Movies of the Last 100 Years" in 1999,[114] "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made" in 2002,[115] the BFI Top Fifty "Must See" Children's Films in 2005,[116] and BFI's "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time.[117] It was included in NDTV's list of "India's 20 greatest films",[118] and in 2013 in CNN-IBN's list of "100 greatest Indian films of all time".[119] The Apu trilogy as a whole was included in film critic Roger Ebert's list of "100 Great Movies" in 2001[120] and in Time's All-Time 100 best movies list in 2005.[121]

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