Saturday Afternoon selected in Sydney Film Festival
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's Saturday Afternoon will be taking part in Sydney Film Festival- 2019. The film will be screened on June 10 and 13 respectively at 2.15pm and 8.30pm local time at Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1. It was only last month that the film bagged two jury awards in the 41st Moscow International Film Festival. The awards named 'Russian Federation Film Critics Jury Award' and 'Kommersant Award' have been the first achievements for the film. It may be mentioned that the film has been shot in just seven days.
About Farooki's film the Sydney Film Festival authority states: With virtuosic cinematography by Berlinale Silver Bear winner Aziz Zhambakiev, Saturday Afternoon takes us graphically into the attack on a Dhaka restaurant, with one impressive continuous shot. But Farooki is more interested here in the solidarity of the hostages: people of different backgrounds and religions who, in the face of abuse and violence, find a way to remain true to their fundamental beliefs, and try to save as many lives as they can.
Sydney Film Festival will run from June 5 to 16. This year around 250 films would take part from all over the world. The festival offers eight lucrative awards for the best works. Farooki in his social media post has confirmed that on behalf of Saturday Afternoon team he and his wife and actress of the film- Tisha would be in Sydney from June 10 and 13. They would also take part in question and answer session during the festival.
The film casts Jahid Hasan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Mamunur Rashid, Intekhab Dinar, Iresh Zaker, Gausul Alam Shaon, Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee, French-Australian actor Ellie Poussot, Palestinian star Eyad Hourani from Cannes Award winner and Oscar nominated film Omar and Swiss-Italian actress Selina Black among others.
Saturday Afternoon is a Bangladesh-India-Germany joint-production with producers like Abdul Aziz of Jaaz Multimedia, Farooki of Chabial on behalf of Bangladesh, and Russian-born Anna Katchko of Germany's Tandem Production. Previously Farooki's Television took part in the festival in 2013.