Five day Bhutan Film Fes­ti­val be­gins in Dhaka

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Cel­e­brat­ing the 60th birth an­niver­sary of Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy in Dhaka has ar­ranged a five-day film fes­ti­val at the Kabi Su­fia Ka­mal Au­di­to­rium of Bangladesh Na­tional Mu­seum.

The fest, run­ning from Oc­to­ber 2 till 6, has been ar­ranged in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Cul­ture of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Na­tional Mu­seum.

Cul­tural Af­fairs Min­is­ter Asaduz­za­man Noor in­au­gu­rated the fes­ti­val as chief guest in pres­ence of Bhutanese Am­bas­sador in Dhaka, Pema Cho­den; BNM di­rec­tor gen­eral Faizul Latif Chowd­hury; and some other for­eign am­bas­sadors and high com­mis­sion­ers.

Fol­low­ing the brief in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, fea­ture film “The CUP” was screened at the fes­ti­val.

The plot re­volves around the fi­nal match of 1998 FIFA World Cup which took place in France. Half way around the world, the serene at­mos­phere of a Bud­dhist monastery is dis­rupted by the football fever of a young Bud­dhist monk and soc­cer en­thu­si­asts.

The film, shot on lo­ca­tion and with a cast drawn mainly from the Bud­dhist monastery, won Spe­cial Jury Award at Mu­nich Film Fes­ti­val 1999. Also, it bagged Alpe d’Huez In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Film Fes­ti­val 2000 award.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture a to­tal of six Bhutanese fea­ture films: “The CUP”, “Trav­ellers And Ma­gi­cians”, “Chorten Kora”, “Lengo-I & II” and “Echung Lhamo”. The fea­tured doc­u­men­taries and trav­el­ogues are: “School Among Glaciers”, “Price of Let­ter”, “The Red Door”, “Nazhoen Ex­press”, “Price of Knowl­edge”, “The Cost of Cli­mate Change” and “Lingzhi: The Land of Medic­i­nal Herbs”.

Most of the films and doc­u­men­taries have been screened at some of the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals in dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

Screen­ings will be daily at 10:30am, 1pm, 3:30pm and 6pm. The fes­ti­val is open to all. (Cour­tesy : The Daily

Star )

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