Busan Int'l Film Fest to screen Farooki's Television
There are good times ahead for popular filmmaker, ad maker and TV fiction director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki. His latest film “Television” will be screened at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, to be held in South Korea. A press conference was held in this regard at a restaurant in the capital yesterday.
One of the major highlights of this festival is the fact that Farooki's “Television” will be the closing film. Wall Street Journal's headline reads -- “At Busan Film Festival, starring roles for Hong Kong and Bangladesh”; AFP says “A Hong Kong action thriller and a rural drama from Bangladesh will open and close Asia's top film festival”; and the famous Screen Daily says -- “Busan to open with Cold War and close with Television”.
The executive programmer of the Busan Film Festival sent a video message which was played for the audience. In the message he said that for a long time, Bangladeshi cinema was not ready to be featured or highlighted in international film festivals, but the recent advent of young and coming of age filmmakers is changing this idea. It is the youth who will bring Bangladeshi films forward and make a mark in the international arena.
“This is my fourth film. I have tried to make a good film. Impress Tele-film Limited and others should come forward to produce more films, especially digital ones, so that young filmmakers get a boost,” said Mostafa Sarwar Farooki.
Managing director of Channel i, Faridur Reza Sagar; litterateur and dramatist Anisul Hoque; Mostafa Sarwar Farooki; actors -- Mosharraf Karim, Chanchal Chowdhury and Tisha; noted directors -- Giasuddin Selim, Morshedul Islam, Mezbaur Rahman Suman and others were present at the press conference. Satellite TV channel Banglavision aired the press conference live.
“I usually get emotional after watching any TV play or film adapted from my story,” said Anisul Hoque.
“We are all familiar with Mostafa Sarwar Farooki's works. I'm elated to know that the film 'Television' is going to Busan International Film Festival,” said Faridur Reza Sagar.
Asked when the film will be released, Farooki said, “I hope the audio tracks will be released soon. The film may be released either in November or December this year.”
World premiere of the film “Television” will be held in Busan where director of the film Farooki will take part.
There's more good news for Bangladesh. Young filmmaker Abu Shahed Emon's “The Container” is also competing in the Wide Angle Section of the festival, which means that this year there are two Bangladeshi films to be shown at the Busan Film Festival.
Busan International Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Asia, will start on October 4. A total of 304 films from 75 countries will be screened at the festival. The festival will come to an end through screening of the film “Television” on October 13. The films that are generally screened both on the opening and on the concluding days are thought to be remarkable ones. It is worth mentioning that for the first time, a Bangladeshi film is going to be screened on the concluding day of the Busan International Film Festival.