Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

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In 1920, in Benares, the ten-year old boy Apu lives happily with his mother and his father. When his father dies, Apu and his mother move to a village with her uncle. Soon Apu asks his mother to study in the local school where he becomes a distinguished student. When Apu is a teenager, the headmaster offers a scholarship to him to study in Calcutta and her mother gives her savings to him to support his new life. Apu works at a printing press at night to support himself in Calcutta while his mother misses him. But soon he neglects his mother and the college. When he learns that his mother is sick, he returns to the village where she is to visit her, but it may be too late.

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International Film Festivals

Venice Film Festival

  • Winner – 1957 – Golden Lion of St. Mark for Best Film – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
  • Winner – 1957 – Cinema Nuovo Award – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
  • Winner – 1957 – Critics Award – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Berlin International Film Festival

  • Winner – 1960 – Selznick Golden Laurel for Best Film – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

British Film Institute Awards, London Film Festival

  • Winner – 1957 – FIPRESCI Award – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
  • Winner – 1980 – Wington Award – Apu Trilogy (for each film)

San Francisco International Film Festival

  • Winner – 1958 – Golden Gate for Best Picture – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
  • Winner – 1958 – Golden Gate for Best Director – Aparajito (The Unvanquished) – Satyajit Ray
  • Winner – 1958 – International Critics’ Award – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Bodil Awards (Denmark)

  • Winner – 1967 – Best Non-European Film – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

British Academy Film Awards (United Kingdom)

  • Nominated – 1959 – BAFTA Award for Best Film – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
  • Nominated – 1959 – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress – Aparajito (The Unvanquished) – Karuna Banerjee

Other awards

  • Winner – 1958–1959 Golden Laurel for Best Foreign Film (United States) – Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

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