From June 5 to 16 this year, a wide range of films from across the world will be presented at the Sydney Film Festival (SFF). Saturday Afternoon or Shonibar Bikel, a film by internationally acclaimed director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, will be screened at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney, on June 10 and 13, as a part of the festival.
The film is a Bangladesh-Germany joint venture, produced by Abdul Aziz from Jaaz Multimedia and Farooki from Chabial. Anna Katchko of Tandem Productions (Germany) is the co-producer. Farooki, along with Nusrat Imrose Tisha, one of the stars of the film, will be leaving for Sydney from Dhaka on June 9.
With virtuosic cinematography by Berlinale Silver Bear winner Aziz Zhambakiev, Saturday Afternoon takes us graphically into a terrorist attack at a Dhaka restaurant, with one impressive continuous shot. In the film, Farooki shows how the hostages of the attack, people of different backgrounds and religions, find a way to remain true to their fundamental beliefs, and try to save as many lives as they can in the face of abuse and violence. Recently, the film won two independent jury awards, the Russian Federation of Film Critics Jury Prize and the Kommersant Prize, at the 41st Moscow International Film Festival. Alongside Tisha, the film stars Zahid Hasan, Iresh Zaker, Mamunur Rashid, Nader Chowdhury, Intekhab Dinar, Gousul Alam Shaon, Palestinian actor Eyad Hourani, Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee and others.