9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Bangla (2019 Feature Film)

Phaim Bhuiyan | Italy | 2019 | color | DCP | 87′ | Italian, Bengali | e.s.

Based on the life of the filmmaker himself, this romantic comedy tells the story of a second-generation immigrant in Rome. When he falls in love, his butterflies clash with parental expectations. A playful debut that tackles complex themes such as integration, multiculturalism, religion, and identity without losing its light-hearted tone. 

Playful, charming debut about 22-year-old Phaim from the multicultural district of Torpignattara in Rome. When Phaim falls madly in love with the liberated Asia, he panics. According to his traditional parents, he must marry a Bengali woman, and according to Islam, sex before marriage is a sin. This is a clash of cultures which is everyday reality for many second-generation immigrants.

Phaim Bhuiyan based Bangla on his own life, playing the lead in a fictionalized version of himself. Comparisons with the recent cinema hit The Big Sick are easy to make and Bangla also proves that the tried and tested romcom formula lends itself perfectly to serious themes. In their own city, Phaim and his friends, who did not acquire Italian nationality until they were 18, are regarded as foreigners and they struggle with their parents’ expectations. An honest comedy about integration and identity.

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 13:15

Duration: 1:09

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 19:15

Duration: 1:32

Year in
Festival

2019

Director

Phaim Bhuiyan

Camera

Simone D’Onofrio

Cast

Phaim Bhuiyan
Simone Liberati
Pietro Sermonti
Carlotta Antonelli
Shaila Mohiuddin
Nasima Akhter
Rishad Noorani

Country

Italy

Editor

Roberto Di Tanna

Language

Italian
Bengali

Length

87′

Music

Dario Lanzellotti

Producer

Domenico Procacci
Annamaria Morelli

Production Company

Fandango
TimVision Production

Sales

Fandango

Scenario

Phaim Bhuiyan
Vanessa Picciarelli

Year of Production

2019

Phaim BHUIYAN (1995, Italië) komt uit een Bengaals gezin en studeert video-ontwerp en film aan het Instituto Europeo di Design. Hij werkte als regieassistent op verschillende filmsets, regisseerde videoclips en een aflevering van de Italiaanse tv-serie Yoroi (2017). Zijn eerste lange speelfilm Bangla beleefde zijn wereldpremière op IFFR 2019.
 

 

Filmography

Yoroi (TV series, 1 episode), Bangla (2019)