Eminent Bangladeshi film director Mostafa Sarwar Farooki has become one of the five Official Competition Jury members at the 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) set to take place from Nov 13 to Nov 29 in Estonia.
Farooki shared the news recently on his official Facebook account, and the official website of the festival has also added him as one of the Jury members alongside four of his co-jurors in the Official Competition section: British film festival consultant and writer-reviewer Mark Adams (United Kingdom), producer and member of the European Film Academy Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik (Poland), theatre and film actress Ester Kuntu (Estonia) and renowned Director of Photography with double Oscar nominations for “L.A. Confidential” and “The Insider” and BAFTA nominee, Dante Spinotti (Italy).
"This is one festival I have always wanted to be in. Heard many great things about this festival from friends! So when the offer came to be on their Official Competition Jury, I didn't take much time to say "yes"!," Farooki wrote on Facebook.
Expressing his gratitude, he added, "Thank you PÖFF | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for having me! Looking forward to watch the films and work with my co-jurors!"
Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1,000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations, and is joined by 80,000 people on average annually.
As of 2014, the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world.
ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian content, on Monday released its first Bangladeshi original “Mainkar Chipay.”
Directed by Abrar Athar, the short film is a situational thriller and dark comedy starring Afran Nisho, Sariful Razz, and Shamol Mawla.
The movie showcases Nisho in an entirely new avatar who puts Sariful, an addict, and Shamol, a peddler, between a rock and a hard place.
The film has an entertaining and intense storyline which also shows how drugs can lead people into a deadly trap. It was completed in just four days across four locations during the lockdown.
Apart from having an interesting script and extremely quirky characters, the film has been given a unique treatment using camera lenses from the ‘60s to create an indie retro look.
“All the characters have a strong presence and it was important to treat the movie with a minimalistic approach to bring out their nuances. ‘Mainkar Chipay’ is not just an entertaining thriller, it is also a story about not falling prey to addictions that make you weak and lead you into difficult, no-win situations,” said Abrar.
Afran Nisho said, “All three characters are strongly defined and quite different from one another. I’ve played this kind of character for the first time.”
Sariful Razz said, “I’m thrilled that audiences around the world, especially younger ones, will get to experience this dark yet relatable movie.”
The film rightly captures things that can go wrong when one gives in to their addictions, said Shamol.
The 40-minute movie is co-presented by Godrej Household Products and can be watched for free on the ZEE5 app, and also on www.zee5.com.
“Mainkar Chipay” is the first of four Bangladeshi originals that ZEE5 Global will launch over the next few months, with more content in the pipeline, reads a press release.
Notable reactions to the death of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek:
“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him ... Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family — which, in a way, included millions of us.” — “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings on Twitter.
“So saddened to hear Alex Trebek has died. It was an honor to share the dinner hour with him. He fought his cancer battle valiantly,” — ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir on Twitter.
“It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life. You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex,” — “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer on Twitter.
“Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will,” — Actor Ryan Reynolds on Twitter.
“We mourn the loss of #alextrebek — a friend, a colleague, an icon. He graced us with warmth, wit & pure elegance, which is why we welcomed him into our homes night after night, year after year. We are deeply saddened for his wife Jean, his family & millions of Jeopardy fans,” — Walt Disney Co. executive chairman Robert Iger on Twitter.
“My heart breaks for the Trebek family upon hearing this heartbreaking news. Alex Trebek was a legend. There was no one like him. Kind, elegant, talented, good. Heaven just became brighter and we here on earth mourn him,” — Maria Shriver on Twitter.
“I was obsessed with Jeopardy as a nerdy kid growing up in Ohio. I’ve loved and revered Alex Trebek since I can remember. What an iconic career. RIP Alex Trebek,” — Musician John Legend on Twitter.
“We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss,” — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter.
“Couldn’t we have one nice weekend? A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek,” — Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter.
“RIP Alex Trebek. A true, true gentleman and courageous hero. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest,” —Actor Viola Davis on Twitter.
“I’m so saddened that Alex Trebek has passed. Growing up, he made me feel like my nerdiness was valuable and I loved learning from watching jeopardy. It was our family’s nightly pleasure,” — TV personality and author Padma Lakshmi on Twitter.
“Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life. I’m sending love to his family and fans.” — Comedian Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter.
“I am overwhelmed with emotion right now and my heart goes out to the Trebek family,” — “Jeopardy!” contestant Burt Thakur on Twitter.
“I’m honored to have known Alex Trebek, have a few meals with him, have him share some of his wisdom. On the @TCM cruise, he got me to swim w/ the dolphins. No one else could’ve done that. He was the best at what he did,” — TCM host Ben Mankiewicz on Twitter.
“Alex Trebek, you brought us so much knowledge, both important and fun, through the years. Your final battle with cancer was heroic, and we are heartbroken that it has taken you from us. I’ll take ‘Great TV Personas of Our Time’ for $800. The heavens have all the answers now,” — Actor George Takei on Twitter.
A Japanese documentary named ‘’Tagore Songs’’ has been screened recently at the Embassy of Japan here.
The film is directed by Mika Sasaki, her debut film showcased the lives of people who devoted themselves to Tagore’s ways of sensibilities and philosophy from a unique Japanese perspective, said the Embassy on Sunday.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki spoke at the online film screening.
Ambassador Ito mentioned “Mika Sasaki is a young and talented filmmaker, who was immensely inspired by one of the most celebrated literary figures in the world in the 20th century, Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was a great admirer of Japanese art and literature; and his love for Japan has helped forge a great cultural relation between our two countries.’’.
Organized by the Embassy of Japan on Bangladesh in collaboration with Japanese film company Nondelaico, the day-long online film screening event attracted a good number of viewers.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), was the first non-European to win Nobel prize. The great poet visited Japan at least five times.
Popular television actor Ziaul Faruq Apurba, who has been infected with COVID-19, showed signs of improvement on Saturday.
Apurba posted a video on his official Facebook account on Saturday night, where he was seen raising his hand showing 'thumbs up'.
"When the mercy of the Almighty Allah and all of your blessings are in my side.. nothing seems impossible," the actor wrote in the video caption.
According to various media personalities and television directors including Mizanur Rahman Aryan, Chayanika Chowdhury, Shihab Shaheen, Nazmul Roni and more - the actor was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, after testing COVID-19 positive the day before. The doctors decided to shift him to the ICU after his blood test report came out dissatisfactory.
He then received plasma therapy and was shifted into the cabin on Wednesday. According to his medical reports, 35 percent of his lungs got infected but the actor is now recovering.
One of the fan-favourites on television in recent times, Apurba made his debut as a model with the television commercial (TVC) of Nescafe under the direction of Amitabh Reza Chowdhury in 2004. The actor made his television debut with noted director Gazi Rakayet's fiction 'Boibahik' in 2006 and made his silver screen debut in Gangster Returns in 2015, directed by Ashiqur Rahman.
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