The39th World Montreal Film Festival (MWFF) is set to start from August 27 in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. The Bangladeshis movies 'Jalaler Golpo' by Abu Shahed Emon and 'Under Construction' by Rubaiyat Hossain will be screened in the 'Focus on World Cinema' category in the festival which is the only North American festival recognised by International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). 'Jalaler Golpo' is Emon's first movie while while 'Under Construction' is Rubaiyat's second movie.
'Under Construction' is about a girl named 'Roya' lost in her alienation in the modern Dhaka city. The movie was recently premiered in 'The New Directors' Showcase' category in the Seattle International Film Festival that ran from June 25 to July 16. It was released on July 31 in Bangladesh. The film features Indian actors Shahana Goswami and Rahul Bose beside Bangladeshi artistes Rikita Nandini Shimu, Rahman, Toufikul Islam, Shohel Mondol and Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed.
Jalaler Golpo on the other hand has already received immense acclamations worldwide after its release on October 5 last year though has not been released in the country as yet. The trailer of the movie was aired recently and hopefully it will be released throughout cinema halls of the country in September 4. Jalaler Golpo is about the struggles of a boy dreaming to become a man of reckoning in the society. Like the prophet Moses this boy also gets rescued from a river at his infancy and like the unpredictable waves of rivers through the tortuous ripples of life goes on to become a gangster. Jalaler Golpo has been produced by Channel i's managing director Faridur Reza Sagar. The cast of the film includes Arafat Rahman, Mohammad Emon, Toukir Ahmed, Mosharraf Karim and Moushumi Hamid among others.
In July Jalaler Golpo won the award for the best film and best actor at the 19th Avanca International Film Festival organised by Portugal. Mosharraf has won the best actor award for the film. In the Busan film festival the movie won the 'Asian Cinema Fund' as the first Bangladeshi movie while competing against Japan, China, South Korea, India and Iran.