1. Pather Panchali: The debut movie of the genius filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Every frame a phenomenon, every character genuine, the music exhilarating, the story poignant, and the movie itself that flows like a poem. This simple story of Apu and Durga born in a poor family in rural Bengal ultimately stands out as a Magnum Opus.
  2. The Song of the Sparrows: Directed by Majid Majidi, The Song of Sparrows tells the story of an ostrich rancher who gets fired because one of the ostriches runs away from the farm. And when he accidentally gets a new job in the chaotic town of Tehran, he faces difficulties coping with the urban life while still nestled in his rural home. Lyrical, metaphorical and bittersweet.
  3. Masoom: The tranquil life of a happily married couple is disturbed when the husband comes to know he has a son from a brief affair he had with another woman. Directorial debut of Shekhar Kapoor and penned by Gulzar  based on Erich Segal’s novel Man, Woman and Child, this movie is truly innocent as the title suggests and sentimental.
  4. Taste of Cherry: Mr Badii is planning to commit suicide but he needs someone to bury him in the grave he has already dug out  in the mountains. Abbas Kiarostami directs this simple and beautiful moving allegory.
  5. Ran : literally means Chaos in Japanese is an epic masterpiece directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear and set in the jidaigeki period, this is a story of lust for power, treachery and madness.

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