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Dhaka International Film Festival starts today

Published : Friday, 12 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 106
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Organisers at the press conference to announce the opening of the festival

Organisers at the press conference to announce the opening of the festival

A scene from Blood and Moon

A scene from Blood and Moon

A  still from Sunflower

A still from Sunflower

The Dhaka International Film Festival or DIFF is set to start right from today. Turkish film Zer will open the screening session at 5pm today after the inauguration. Zer is the story of a Kurdish boy grown up in New York and his journey back home to trace his ancestral past after he listens to a peculiar song of mystery and nightmare from his grandmother on her deathbed. Prior to the screening of the film Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the festival at the Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla are also expected to be present during the inauguration. Afterwards Indian film Bhasmasur will be screened. The festival will end on January 20 at 4pm at the Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar has been invited for the closing ceremony.
Highlights of this year's festival are the Conference of Asian Film Critics, and the Bangladesh Panorama. Conference of Asian Film Critics a regional programme by international film critics association FIPRESCI is being held for the first time in Asia in its ninety-five years' history. The conference will be held on January 15 and 16 at Hotel La Givenci, Kawran Bazar.
This year two hundred and sixteen films from sixty four countries will be screened during the festival. Ten films will be screened in the Bangladesh Panorama section.
Films from around the world, Asian films and Children's films will be screened at Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) while Short-Independent films, Spiritual films, Women makers' films and Cinema of the World entries would be screened at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of BNM. Films at BNM would be screened everyday at 10.30am, 1pm, 5pm and 7.30pm. Films from all the mentioned categories along with the Bangladesh Panorama will be screened at Public Library Auditorium observing the almost same schedule. The remaining Spiritual Films would be screened at Russian Center of Science and Culture at Dhanmondi while the films in the Retrospective category would be screened at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Dhanmondi. Some from Asian Cinema's category would also be screened at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.







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