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LIFF19 Bangla

A romantic comedy with a huge heart and charm to match, promising director Phaim Bhuiyan’s debut is a fresh and spirited portrait of the complications of young love caught between very different beliefs.

Phaim (played by the director himself) is a twenty-two-year-old Muslim boy born in Italy of Bangladeshi origin. He lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighbourhood, works as a museum steward and plays in a band. When he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli, Suburra: Blood on Rome), his exact opposite, she is not how he imagined his first girlfriend would be: Asia is impulsive and lives on instinct. Despite this, the attraction between them is immediate, and Phaim must figure out how to reconcile his love for her with the most sacred of Islam’s rules: no sex before marriage.

With a script based on the director’s own experiences and brimming with witty observations, Bangla is an endearing and relevant story about integration and identity. 

AWARDS

WINNER: Best First Feature, Golden Globes Italy, 2019
WINNER: Best Comedy Film, Nastri d’Argento Awards, 2019
NOMINATED: Big Screen Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019

REVIEWS

"A promising first effort, Bhuiyan takes his own story and develops it with this decent debut that has an honesty to it and some really funny lines." - FILMUFORIA

MOVIE INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE
Tuesday 17th September

DURATION
84 min

RATING
M

CAST
Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli

GENRE
Film Festival

LANGUAGE
Italian and Bengali with English subtitles

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS
Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso

Event starts
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Venue
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues
Location

National, , Various venues

Website
Palace Cinemas (opens in new window)
Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs