Shonibar Bikel and Iti, Tomari Dhaka participates in LIFF

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 22,2019


A still from Shonibar Bikel.

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s unreleased film Shonibar Bikel and omnibus film Iti, Tomari Dhaka will participate in the on-going Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) in the UK.

The festival commenced at London on June 20 and Birmingham on June 21. It will begin at Manchester on June 26.

The film Shonibar Bikel will be respectively screened in London on June 25 and Manchester on June 29.

The film was also screened in Sydney Film Festival in Australia and Munich International Film Festival in Germany recently.

‘I will leave Dhaka for London on June 24. The film will also be screened in Munich Film Festival in Germany where it will compete with four films which won awards in Cannes Film Festival in different categories. I hope the film lovers will find the film entertaining,’ Mostofa Sarwar Farooki told New Age.

Bangladesh Film Censor Board earlier banned the film’s release, both at home and abroad, after watching it twice on the grounds that the film will tarnish the country’s reputation.

According to an AFP report, the title of the film translates to ‘Saturday Afternoon’ and dramatizes the July 2016 attack on an upmarket cafe by extremists, who killed 22 of their hostages, including 18 foreigners.

Shonibar Bikel has been produced by Jaaz Multimedia and Chabial. Anna Katchko of Tandem Productions (Germany) serves as the co-producer.

The film stars Zahid Hasan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, popular Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee and others.

Iti, Tomari Dhaka, a collection of 11 short films themed on Dhaka made by 11 directors, features diverse aspects of the megacity Dhaka including its heritage and traditions, people and professions, dreams and nightmares through eleven short films directed by Nuhash Humayun, Tanvir Ahsan, Rahat Rahman, Krishnendu Chattopadhyay, Mahmudul Islam, Golam Kibria Farooki, Mir Mokarram Hossain, Rabiul Alam, Saleh Ahmed, Ahmed Shawki and Tanim Noor.

Fazlur Rahman Babu, Intekhab Dinar, Tisha and others have acted in the films.

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