• Friday, Jun 05, 2020
  • Last Update : 12:25 pm

Made in Bangladesh hits theatres across Europe

  • Published at 07:34 pm December 14th, 2019
Made in Bangladesh poster
Official poster of Made in Bangladesh | TIFF

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.”



Bangladesh release

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. 

66
59
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail