‘Laal Moroger Jhuti’, ‘Chandrabati Kotha’ and ‘Ajob Karkhana’ claimed glory for Bangladesh

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January 24, 2022, 2:05 PM

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The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival ended on January 23. Photo: courtesy

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The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival ended on January 23. Photo: courtesy

The 20th Dhaka International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday, awarding Tamil director PS Vinothraj’s debut film and India’s official entry to the 2022 Oscars “Koozhangal” (Pebbles) as the best film this year.

As for Bangladeshi films, two periodical films were jointly awarded the audience award: “Lal Moroger Jhuti” directed by Nurul Alam Atique and “Chandrabati Kotha” directed by N Rashed Chowdhury, while the film “Ajob Karkhana” directed by Shabnam Ferdousi won the award for best film. FIPRESCI Jury Prize in the Bangladesh Panorama category.

A total of 17 awards were presented in different categories at the closing ceremony of the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, organized by the Rainbow Film Society at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Auditorium of the National Museum of Bangladesh.

The closing ceremony was joined by the Minister of Information, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, as the chief guest, while the Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liaquat Ali Lucky, and the President of Dhaka Club Limited, Khandaker Mashiuzzaman Romel, were present as special guests.

Chaired by Mofidul Hoque, member of the festival’s executive committee and administrator of the Liberation War Museum, DIFF director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal gave the welcome speech during the closing and award ceremony.

This year’s festival was mainly dominated by the strong showing of Asian films. Stories including from India, China, Nepal, Russia and Iran won multiple awards at the 20th edition of the global festival.

In the Asian Cinema Competition section, the Best Director award went to Sujit Bidari for the film “Ainaa Jhyal Ko Putali”, while the Best Actor award went to Jayasurya for the film “Sunny”, and the award for best actress went to Sussan Parva for “Botox,” an Iranian-Canadian co-production.

The Best Screenwriter award went to Indranil Roychowdhury and Sugata Sinha for the Indranil Roychowdhury-directed film “Mayar Jonjal” (Debris of Desire), a joint Bangladeshi-Indian production, which featured stellar performances by the actors seasoned Ritwick Chakraborty, Aupee Karim and more. The film is based on the two short stories by Manik Bandopadhyay, titled “Bishakto Prem” and “Shubala”.

The other prize in the Asian Film Competition section, the prize for best cinematography, was awarded to Zhou Wencao for “Cafe by the Highway” (China), directed by Shi Xiaofan.

As for the Women Filmmakers section, the Best Feature Award went to the Iranian film “Shahrbanoo”, directed by Maryam Bahrololumi, while the Best Documentary Award went to the Documentary directed by Antonia Kilian “Joen Toisella Puolen” ( Germany-Finland) and the prize for the best short film The film prize was awarded to the film directed by Alexandra Matheou ‘A Summer Place’ (Cyprus-France).

The Spiritual Films section rewarded this year’s entry with three special awards: Best Short Film Award went to Turkish film Fatma Kayaci’nin Bilinmeyen Hikayesn directed by Orhan Tekeoglu, Best Documentary Award went to Iranian Documentary” Nane Moghadas” directed by Rahim Zabihi and the Best Feature Award went to the Chinese production “Yangzhen’s Journey” directed by Chengxu Lan.

In addition, the Special Audience Award went to the Indian film “Semkhor” directed by Aimee Baruah and the Badal Rahman Award for Best Children’s Film was awarded to the Russian film “Africa” ​​directed by Daria Binevskaya.

The 20th DIFF featured a total of 225 films from 70 countries, and the films were screened at multiple venues in Dhaka, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Auditorium and Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum of Bangladesh, Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Alliance Française de Dhaka Auditorium, National Art Gallery Auditorium and Bangladesh National Center for Music, Dance and Recitation Auditorium Shilpakala Academy, Star Cineplex and, for the first time in two decades, the Auditorium of Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka.

Apart from the regular screenings, the festival also presented the “Eighth International Dhaka Conference on Women in Film 2022” at Samson Lounge, Dhaka Club from January 16-17 and “West Meets East: Screenplay Lab” from January 16-19. at the Alliance Française in Dakar.

Rainbow Film Society has organized the Dhaka International Film Festival since 1992 with the theme “Best Film, Best Audience, Best Society”. The next festival will take place from January 14 to 23, 2023.