The five-day film event titled ‘Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh 2018’ ended on Thursday at Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi with screening of Italian documentary film Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea).
The documentary, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, depicts the migrant crisis showing migrants undertaking the deadly Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary lifestyle of islanders of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.
Fuocoammare won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
Goethe-Institut, in participation with Dhaka DocLab and the International Film Initiatives of Bangladesh, hosted the five-day event that featured interactive and information sessions and film screenings.
Berlinale delegates Dorothee Wenner and Berlinale South Asia consultant Meenakshi Shedde introduced the opportunities Berlinale and its diverse sub-programmes offer to filmmakers in Bangladesh in the information and interactive sessions.
‘The Berlinale Spotlight Bangladesh aims to connect the Berlin International Film Festival with filmmakers in Bangladesh, and provides a platform for information and meetings’, said Dorothee Wenner, delegate to the Berlin Film Festival for South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
‘Bangladesh in the past few years has sent very interesting films and people to our country. Of course, we have been following what’s going on in the country’s cinema industry. We have got the impression that the film industry here is getting a new shape,’ added Dorothee.
Local filmmakers and film enthusiasts also welcomed the initiative of Berlinale which, they think, will encourage local makers to connect to the global film scene.