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BD turns on “Television” for Oscar race

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Update: 2013-09-21 23:21:26
BD turns on “Television” for Oscar race

DHAKA: A selection committee formed by the Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies has chosen helmer Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Bengali-language “Television” as the country’s entry in the Academy Awards’ foreign language category.

Produced by Bangladeshi shingle Chabial with German co-producers, the film follows events in an island governed by an Islamist cleric who bans television, but who is challenged when the community’s lone Hindu family buys a TV set.

In 2012, “Television” played at the Cinemanila fest in the Philippines, closed the Busan fest, and won a Muhr AsiaAfrica Special Mention at the Dubai fest.

“The film has travelled around the world. On its way, it was well received by a varied audience. Now it is representing Bangladesh at the 86th Oscars. I hope a few Asian titles find place in the shortlist this year,” Farooki told Variety.

The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies appears to be a unified body this year. In 2012, the Federation split into two factions with each group submitting a different film, resulting in no film being accepted as the country’s official entry.

Source: variety.com
BDST: 0915 HRS, SEP 22, 2013
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