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Mon 4 May 2015, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $165.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

The Elephant God (Joi Baba Felunath)
Director: Satyajit Ray - India · 1977 - 120 mins · DCP - PG (violence)
In Bengali with English subtitles
Screenplay: Satyajit Ray, based on his novel
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee (Pradosh Mitter, “Felu”), Santosh Dutta (Lalmohan Ganguli, “Jotayu”) Siddharta Chatterjee (Tapesh Mitter)

Ray brings his detective Feluda, hero of an extremely popular series of pulp novels written by the director, to the big screen in this engaging and atmospheric adventure tale.

“Attempting to track down a missing statue of the elephant god Ganesh, our wry detective encounters body-builders, holy men, young children, and even a smuggling ring as he criss-crosses the holy city of Benares (Varanasi), with each meeting only opening up further mysteries.

“A further example of the great director’s entertaining detours into that most unexpected of all genres, pulp fiction, The Elephant God can also be appreciated for its glimpses into the teeming bywaters and alleyways of Benares, one of the world’s most atmospheric and fascinating cities. Similar to Graham Greene and Carol Reed’s Vienna in The Third Man, the city is one where appearances are not what they seem, and where every shadow holds a different definition of light.”
—Jason Sanders, Pacific Film Archive

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