Subarnarekha ( সুবর্ণরেখা / The Golden Thread) (1965)

  • May 5, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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2K Restoration
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Language: Bengali with English subtitles
Country: India
Runtime: 143 min
Rating: PG


Leaving their lives as refugees in East Pakistan, Ishwar lands a job in a factory and ekes out a humble living with his young sister Seeta and an orphaned boy Abhiram. Defined by his role as the patriarchal caregiver, Ishwar finds himself unmoored when Abhiram and Seeta defy him with their declaration of love for each other. Their wish to live life on their own terms unleashes a torrential maelstrom of emotions and events that hurtle into tragedy.

The third in a group of films, known as the Partition Trilogy (along with The Cloud-Capped Star and E-Flat), that explore the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India and its human toll, Ritwik Ghatak’s Subarnarekha is a sweeping and devastating parable of personal traumas and historical separations.

Apart from Ghatak’s groundbreaking artistic oeuvre, his work as an educator was of tremendous significance. In the mid-60s, he served briefly as the vice principal of the then newly-formed Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. His tenure deeply influenced filmmakers such as Mani Kaul and John Abraham who studied under his tutelage, and he is often regarded as a progenitor of Parallel Cinema.

The restoration of Subarnarekha was made possible by the National Film Development Corporation of India and the National Film Archive of India.

Subarnarekha (The Golden Thread) is part of the film programme Parallels: Indian New Cinema (1965-1981). For the full programme, please click here

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