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Farooki to cast Palestinian actor next

  • Published at 09:48 pm October 18th, 2017
Farooki to cast Palestinian actor next
Filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki will start shooting his new film Saturday Afternoon from December. The film according to Farooki is “a thriller where the lives of several people collide on one fateful day.” Farooki disclosed some of the details of his new project on Tuesday in a facebook post on his verified profile. He posted the details of his upcoming film through a report titled Saturday Afternoon in Variety. Farooki’s facebook post, quoting the report from Variety, stated that Nusrat Imroz Tisha has been confirmed as one of the leads of Saturday Afternoon while Palestinian actor Eyad Hourani is in advanced stage negotiations. The production will use both Bangla and English as language mediums. Actor Eyad Hourani, who starred in the Palestinian film Omar (nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards) told Variety: “I read the script and like it. And I am happy that we are gradually going closer to be on board with this really interesting project. The script dissects the world order in a very balanced way,” says Hourani. Casting for the other roles is in progress according to Farooki’s facebook post. The budget of Saturday Afternoon is $500,000 and is a Bangladesh, India and Germany co-production.The film is being jointly produced by Abdul Aziz for Jaaz Multimedia, Bangladesh; Shyam Sundar Dey for Greentouch Entertainment, India; Farooki for Chabial, Bangladesh alongside Anna Katchko of Tandem Production, Germany who joined on board as co-producer. Katchko has previously produced award-winning south Asian films like  Harmony Lesson and The Black Hen. Aziz Zhambakiev, who won the Berlin Silver Bear for Harmony Lessons at the age of 26, will be the Director of Photography for the project. According to Farooki’s statement on the project in his facebook post, Zhambakiev “is a real talent” and he is thrilled to have him on board. According to the report published in Variety, Saturday Afternoon will be the first film of a trilogy by Farooki titled “Identity”. The second film will be No Land’s Man, which has grants from India’s Film Bazaar and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy-Motion Picture Association film fund. The third will be on the Rohingya ethnic group, who are currently facing ethnic extinction in Myanmar. In the same report Farooki told Variety: “Identity seems to be the biggest puzzle now. It can bring you fortune or terror. It no more depends on what you do or did. In this new world order, it depends on who you are, what religion you belong to, what color of skin you have. Depending on this, you might be favored or terrorized,” says Farooki.  “It sounds medieval in this digital age. But our human values are going in completely the opposite direction to our technological achievements.” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Doob (No Bed of Roses), starring Irrfan Khan, is playing in the 2017 A Window on Asian Cinema strand of Busan Film Festival and will be simultaneously released in Bangladesh and India on October 27.