Three Bangladeshi films have been selected for the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) to be held at Haeundae, Busan in South Korea from 6-15 October. Rehana Maryam Noor directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, No Land’s Man directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Paayer Tolay Mati Nai (No Ground beneath the Feat) by Rabby Mridha have been included in the section named ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ of the festival.
No Land’s Man by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has been nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award of the festival.
The BIFF commended the selection of three Bangladeshi films by saying that what stands out in the selection of 3 films is that Bangladesh till now was considered to be on the cinematic periphery.
The film Paayer Tolay Mati Nai stars Mostafa Monwar, Priyam Archi and Dipanita Martin. The film narrates the life story of an ordinary man who walks through conflicts in his life involving work, family and morality.
Rehana Maryam Noor revolves around the life of a teacher at a medical college played by popular Bangladesh actor Azmeri Haque Badhan. This film was chosen for Bangladesh’s maiden entry in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. It has also been shown at the Melbourne Film Festival earlier.
No Land’s Man stars Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui along with popular Bangladeshi singer-actor Tashan Rahman Khan. It is a story of social discrimination in the name of race, religion and nationality. Renowned Indian music composer A R Rahman has given music for this film.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is one of the most prestigious film festivals of Asia. Started in 1996, it focusses on new films and first time directors, especially from Asian countries.