'Paradise,' co-written by Bijon & Arif, will be the first film from Bangladesh at the major international film market
Bangladeshi director Bijon Imtiaz and producer Arifur Rahman’s upcoming feature film “Paradise” has been selected for the 16th edition of the renowned Berlinale Co-Production Market.
After the international success of the film-making duo’s debut film “Matir Projar Deshe - Kingdom of Clay Subjects,” they have joined hands with prominent German producer Roman Paul (known for “Waltz With Bashir” and “Wadjda”), making “Paradise” a Bangladesh-Germany co-production.
“Paradise,” co-written by Bijon & Arif, will be the first film from Bangladesh at the major international film market. The Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime contacted Arifur Rahman and asked him about the recent achievement.
Arif said: “The film is set in the postmodern period, where every aspect of human life is ruled by consumerism, and is nothing but commerce and politics. As a film producer, I have to be very strategic with how I show this outlook.”
“This is the 16th edition of this major film co-production market and our film will be the first Bangladeshi screenplay there. We had to work very hard to make that possible,” he added.
“Previously, we went to Locarno Film Festival, Goa’s Film Bazaar, and Motion Picture Academy’s film co-production market with Paradise and created a considerable amount of buzz among international producers and financiers,” Arif further said. “We had a short meeting with Roman Paul at Film Bazaar 2017 in Goa. We shared the synopsis of Paradise with him and he showed interest in the project. Later on, our company Goopy Bagha Productions Limited officially signed with Paul’s Germany based production company Razor Films to co-produce this project. I am hoping to go to Germany to attend the event on February 6, after all the visa procedures are complete.”
The storyline of “Paradise” is based on life on Saint Martin’s Island.
37 feature film projects from around the world have been selected for the 16th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The event will be held from February 9 to 13, as part of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.
Each year, this market invites 600 international film producers and financiers to come together to explore new partnerships. In more than 1,300 arranged one-on-one meetings during the Berlinale Co-Production Market, international co-producers, representatives from world sales companies and broadcasters, distributors, and financiers from all over the world meet with film producers from the selected projects.