Five local films selected

Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 10:54pm on May 17, 2018

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Stills from Akhi O Tar-Bondhura (left), and Haldaa, which will be screened at SAARC Film Festival in Sri Lanka.

Three Bangladeshi feature films and two shorts will be screened at the 8th SAARC Film Festival, which will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from May 22 to 26.
The three films are namely Akhi O Tar Bondhura directed by Morshedul Islam, Khacha directed by Akram Khan and Haldaa directed by Tauquir Ahmed. The two shorts are Josim Ahmed’s Daag and Mrittika Goon’s Kalo Megher Bhelay.
This year, a total of 26 films have been submitted by the SAARC countries for screening at the festival. All the five films submitted by Bangladesh have been selected, said communication coordinator (Bangladesh) of SAARC Film Festival - 2018 Monjurul Islam Megh quoting SAARC Film Festival official Mahinda Sundanaskara, also SAARC culture centre Sri-Lanka’s senior officer.
Ankhi O Tar Bondhura will be screened at the festival on May 25, Khacha will be screened on the second day of the festival and Haldaa will be screened on the concluding day of the festival. The two shorts namely Daag and Kalo Megher Bhelay will respectively be screened on May 24 and 25, added Monjurul Islam Megh.
Both Haldaa and Khacha will compete for the best screenplay award at the festival, while Ankhi O Tar Bondhura will be screened at the master film section.
Mentionable, last year Tauquir Ahmed won the best screenplay award at the SAARC Film Festival for his acclaimed film Oggatonama (The Unnamed).
‘The screening schedule for Bangladeshi films might change depending on film selection process of the SAARC Film Festival,’ Monjurul Islam Megh told New Age.