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21-hr-long Bangladeshi film selected at three international festivals

  • Published at 02:57 pm October 18th, 2019
Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo

The film was shot in Ishwardi, Pabna and a number of villages on the banks of Padma River

A Bangladeshi film, titled Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo - The Innocence, has been selected at three international film festivals.

Directed by Ashraf Shishir, the 21-hour-long feature film is scheduled to be screened in the competition segments of Colombia’s 36th Festival De Cine De Bogota on October 17, France’s Les Rimbaud du Cinema on October 19, and Croatia’s International Sound and Film Music Festival (ISFMF) between October 19 and 21.

The film, produced by Impress Telefilm, had its world premiere at Canada’s Regina International Film Festival on August 16.

Bangladesh Film Censor Board had cleared the black-and-white film on May 19, making it the longest running film in Bangladesh’s film history.

The film portrays the story of anti-liberation activists and how they reached to the peak of the political and social position during the post-Liberation War period of Bangladesh. It also focuses on a few revolutionary filmmakers during this timeline and their dreams with cinema and how they get shattered.

The film features more than 4,000 actors including Raisul Islam Asad, Sumana Soma, Shadhin Khasru, Masum Aziz, Pran Rai, Ayesha Mukti, Teresa Chaiti, Elina Shammi, Aranya Rana, and Dukhu Sumon.

The film was shot in Ishwardi, Pabna and a number of villages on the banks of Padma River.

Asked about his plan to release the film in local theatres, director Ashraf Shishir told Showtime: “We are working on a strategy and will inform the media very soon.”

Shishir's debut film Gaariwala had won the Bangladesh National Film Award and more than 25 international awards.

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