Bangladesh Turns on ‘Television’ for Oscar Race

"Television' Bangladesh's Oscar entry

Light drama has rated well at world's festivals

LONDON — 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 film category.

Produced by Bangladeshi shingle Chabial with German co-producers, the film follows events on 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 traveled 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.

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    • Manzurul H. Farrukee says:

      Once again, this will be great surprise events and will be turning point for Bangladesh to make an unforgettable historical legendary likewise our famous “The great man who has won the “Oskar” three times in his life time” the Magic of Bangla film maker and the Master of fine Arts His Excellence “Sattajed Roy” it seems to be come back in our Bengali classical film’s achievement again if it is do so.

    • A.D. says:

      One correction…While it is true that the Bangladeshi federation had a rift last year, one film was ultimately accepted and screened by the Foreign Language Film committee in Los Angeles, namely “Pleasure Boy Komola”, by the late Humayun Ahmed.

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