Entertainment’s Grand Classics series proudly
featured award winning director and producer Ismail
who presented one of his favorite films, The World of Apu,
by Lifetime Achievement Oscar winning filmmaker Satyajit
told the audience of movers and shakers at Soho House “Satyajit
Ray is one of the masters of our time - his work connects the heart and the
minds. These films were made almost 60 years ago, but still have enormous
power. The characters are so rich and so beautiful.”
“Satyajit Ray gave us a guiding light in our lives - he has been our mentor.
He promoted the idea of young filmmakers coming into the foray. He is such
a humble man - his name is listed in the phonebook, unlike Martin Scorsese
Ford Coppola! James [Ivory] called
him years ago, and told Ray ‘I
student of film’ and Ray invited him for a cup of coffee in Calcutta.
Our relationship has gone on now for 42 years."
power of cinema moves the minds and the hearts. I had never
seen a Ray film in India, until I came here to study at NYU.
I cried and said this
is the kind of film I want to do.
Among those riveted by Ismail and his favorite film at this powerful and moving
evening, sponsored by super-hip newsmag The Week, Stoli and cool fitness
company Marika, were Rosie Perez (a past Grand Classics host), Helena
Christensen, Jacob Johanson, actress Sarita Choudhury ("Mississippi
Perfect Murder"), actress Natasha Lyonne, Daniel Benedict, Coco
Brandolini, Isabella Rattazzi, Matthew Modine, Olivia Chantecaille and Eric
Villency, Leslie Stevens, Jeffrey Slonim, designer Behnaz
Sarafpour, hotelier Vikram
Chatwal, Phoebe Gubelmann, Marika CEO Donald Schumacher, The
Week’s Carolyn Kremins and Justin Smith, and Indyssey
Entertainment execs Katrina Pavlos, Vanessa Wingate, and Andrew
The Grand Classics evenings benefit the American Film Institute.