Farooki's Busan connection
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's bond with the Busan International Film Festival seems to be getting stronger. After his family satire “Television” closed the festival last year, Farooki's latest venture “Pipra Bidya” has made it to the 30-film list for the 2013 Asian Project Market (APM), the arthouse film financing event that takes place during this year's edition of the festival from October 7-10.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Naomi Kawase, and Kim Jee-woon, among other top Asian filmmakers, will headline the APM. Makhamalbaf will present his first English feature, “The President” at APM in addition to showing his film “Ongoing Smile” about Busan Festival founder Kim Dong-ho at the festival, which runs will October 3-12 in the South Korean port city.
This year's selection also includes a rare English remake of the Korean film “End of Animal”, which is to be directed by Eron Sheean. Others include Indonesia's emerging indie director Edwin and Korean-Chinese filmmaker Zhang Lu, as well as Korea's Sundance winner O Muel and Yeon Sangho.
”Pipra Bidya” is in the post production stage, and Farooki hopes to release it at the end of this year or the beginning of next. The cast of the film includes Sheena Chohan, Noor Imran, Mukit Zakaria, Sabbir Likhon and Mohini Mou. The film is being produced by Chobial and co-produced by Impress Movies.