The film is playing in 62 theatres in France, seven theatres in Denmark, and one theatre in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal
Made in Bangladesh, directed by Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain, is being screened in theatres across Europe. The film is playing in 62 theatres in France, seven theatres in Denmark, and one theatre in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Rubaiyat told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “Our film’s distributor Pyramide Films is distributing the film in French territories. The film was released in 53 theatres across France in the first week of its release on December 4.
“After the positive response from the audience, it was extended to 62 theatres throughout France. Made in Bangladesh is also playing in Denmark and Portugal, and we are hoping it will hit theatres in other parts of the world as well.”
When asked which countries the film will hit next, Rubaiyat replied: “Our distributor has already confirmed US, Canada, and Poland. We are also discussing the release in Japan, UK, and Germany.”
Rubaiyat also spoke about her plans for the film’s Bangladesh release. She said: “We will hopefully release the film in Bangladesh around April next year. This will be done keeping Pohela Boishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, holiday in mind.
“Initially we wanted to target Eid but later changed the decision, as the Bangladeshi audience usually likes to watch commercial films during the Eid holidays. We still wanted to focus on a holiday as the traffic conditions in major cities of the country is horrible during working days. Hence we decided to target the Bengali New Year, and hopefully we will release the film around that time,” she added.
Talking about the film distribution in Bangladesh, Rubaiyat said: “We still do not have proper distribution channels in Bangladesh for nationwide release. So independent film-makers have to rely on the multiplexes like Star Cineplex and Blockbuster Cinemas. Star Cineplex is expanding and opening new theatres and I heard they will open more; that is great news for films like Made in Bangladesh.”
Story behind the film
Rubaiyat’s latest feature received its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIIF), under the Contemporary World Cinema category last September.
The story of the film revolves around a character named Shimu, who portrays a worker in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector. The character was based on a real woman who helped the team out with dialogues and other important details.
The film also depicts the struggles and successes of female RMG workers and explores how the garments industry of Bangladesh has helped to empower women and has provided them socio-economic independence.
This is Rubaiyat’s third feature length film after Meherjaan (2011) and Under Construction (2015). The project was co-produced by Bangladesh, France, Denmark, and Portugal. It was financed by France’s CNC fund, Norway’s Sørfond Plus, the EU’s Eurimages fund, and Denmark’s Danish Film Institute fund.
The film is produced by François d'Artemare (Les Films De L’apres-Midi) and Ashique Mostafa (Khona Talkies)
The film was also financed by Pyramide Films and Pyramide International, the French distributor and international sales agent for the film.
Production of the film began on April 17 last year, and were shot in different locations of Dhaka and Gazipur over 36 days.
Made in Bangladesh features Rikita Nandini Shimu, Deepanwita Martin, Mayabe Rahman, Novera Rahman, and Parvin Paru in the lead roles, along with Mustafa Monwar, Shatabdi Wadud, Joyraaj, and Momena Chowdhury.
Rubaiyat went to Cannes Film Festival this year as the producer of Mahde Hasan’s Sand City. She had previously attended Locarno Open Doors three times and attended the Script Station at Berlinale.