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Opening Weekend films to see at DIFF

  • Published at 10:17 pm January 2nd, 2019
Scene from 'Komola Rocket'
A scene from 'Komola Rocket' | IMDb

The film, which is also known by the names 'Aleppo to Istanbul: The Guest' and 'Misafir,' will open this year’s Dhaka International Film Festival. With the exception of a few professional actors, such as Jordanian star Saba Mubarak, who plays Meryem, the cast themselves are refugees. The Dhaka Tribune Showtime's Sadia Khalid takes a look into the films to watch out for at DIFF 2019

Syrian refugees act in 'The Guest'

Date: January 10, Thursday

Time: 5pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Museum

Section: Asian Competition    

Plot: Eight-year old Lena,who has lost her family members in a war, wends her way with her little sister, their neighbour and other immigrants. The film’s plot evolved from research into hundreds of real-life stories involving refugee families, women and children.

Director: Andac Haznedaroglu

Writer: Andac Haznedaroglu

Stars: Saba Mubarak, Yesim Ceren Bozoglu, Muhammed Refki

Duration: 89 munites

Country: Turkey, Jordan

Language: Turkish, Arabic


Victor Banerjee wows in 'Dev Bhoomi' ('Land of the Gods')

Date: January 10, Thursday

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Museum

Section: Retrospective

Plot: After a long exile, Rahul (Victor Banerjee) returns to his village in the Himalayas. It causes commotion among the villagers, who have never forgiven him for his sins in the past.

Director: Goran Paskaljevic

Writers: Goran Paskaljevic, Victor Banerjee

Stars: Victor Banerjee, Geetanjali Thapa, Uttara Baokar

Duration: 93 min

Country: India, Serbia

Language: Hindi, English


Tauquir Ahmed plots his escape in 'Komola Rocket' ('An Orange Ship')

Date: January 11, Friday

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Museum

Section: Asian Competition

Plot: A corrupt garments factory owner tries to escape on a ship that has passengers from all walks of life. As the ship gets stuck in the middle of the river, the people on board are forced to face each other, no matter which class they belong to. 

Director: Noor Imran Mithu

Writers: Shahaduzzaman (story and screenplay) and NoorImran Mithu(screenplay)

Stars: Mosharraf Karim, Tauquir Ahmed, Samia Syed

Duration: 96 min

Country: Bangladesh

Language: Bengali


Srijit Mukherji is coming to Dhaka with 'Ek Je Chhilo Raja'

Date: January 13, Sunday

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Museum

Section: Asian Competition

Plot: Mahendra Kumar Choudhuri, the middle prince of the Bhawal Estate (also known as Bikrampur Estate), was affected by syphilis and was taken to Darjeeling for treatment, along with his wife Chandrabati Devi, brother-in-law Satya, and a family doctor, Ashwini. He apparently died in Darjeeling and was cremated there as well. After 12 years, a sanyasi shows up at the estate, arousing people's curiosity and leading to rumours that he is the lost prince of the Bikrampur Estate.

Duration: 148 min

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Writer: Srijit Mukherji

Stars: Jishu Sengupta, Jaya Ahsan, Anirban Bhattacharya