Jalaler Golpo goes to Oscars

Cultural Correspondent
A still from Jalaler Galpo.

A still from Jalaler Galpo.

Director Abu Shahed Emon’s award-winning film Jalaler Galpo has been selected as Bangladesh’s official entry to the 88th Academy Awards, popularly known as Oscars, for a nomination in its Best Foreign Language Film category.  The decision was announced at a press conference at Hotel La Vinci on Wednesday.
Habibur Rahman Khan, filmmaker and chairman of the nine-member Oscars Bangladesh Committee, made the announcement on behalf of the Federation of Bangladesh Film Societies, which selects Bangladesh’s entries to Oscars.
The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Jalaler Galpo emerged victorious after competing with two other films, Shahnewaj Cacoly’s Nodijon and Akram Khan’s Ghashphul, all produced by Impress Telefilm Films.
Impress has been dominating the list of Bangladesh’s Oscars contenders for the past few years.
Jalaler Galpo follows a rootless boy, found as an infant in a floating bowl driven ashore, who is led from one village to another as he embarks on a journey to get a foothold in society. It stars Mosharraf Karim, Moushumi Hamid, Touqir Ahmed and Shormi Mala in leading roles.
Earlier, the film received Asian Cinema Fund at the 19th Busan Film festival and premiered as the first Bangladeshi film at the festival’s New Currents section. It has also been screened at the 45th International Film Festival in the Indian state of Goa, at the 7th Jaipur Film Festival, and also at the 33rd edition of Fazar International Festival in Iran.
At the Jaipur Film Festival, it won the best debutant director award.
Abu Shahed, outside of the country at the moment, shared his feelings about the selection via a Facebook past, saying, ‘I don’t know how to express my feelings. The love I have received for my film at home and abroad is the greatest gift I could expect as a filmmaker.’
Bangladesh has been sending films to Oscars since 2002. However, no film has managed to get Oscars nomination till date. Films in other countries are generally sent to Oscars by their respective governments but, in Bangladesh, entries for Oscars are selected and sent by the private organisation Federation of Bangladesh Film Societies.

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