Shonibar Bikel to participate in film fest in Sydney

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 10,2019


A still from Shonibar Bikel. – IMDB

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s unreleased film Shonibar Bikel is going to participate in the upcoming Sydney Film Festival in Australia.
Earlier, Shonibar Bikel won Russian Federation of Film Critics Jury Prize and the Kommersant Prize in the 41st Moscow International Film Festival in Russia, which was held from April 18 to 25.
The film will be screened on June 10 and 13 respectively at Dandi Opera Cinema Hall in Sydney.
‘It is indeed great news that Shonibar Bikel will be screened in the Sydney Film Festival. I hope film lovers there will find the film entertaining,’ said Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, who along with Nusrat Imrose Tisha will fly for Sydney on June 9.
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.

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