Bangladesh dials ‘Number’ for Oscars

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's pic played Pusan

Helmer Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “Third Person Singular Number” is Bangladesh’s submission in Oscar’s foreign-language category.

The Bengali-language film is based on Syed Manzoorul Islam’s novel, “Tin parber jibon o kichhu bastab Case Study,” and looks at a woman who defies traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before marriage. When he is suddenly jailed, she must come to terms with how Bangladesh society treats single women as outcasts.

Produced by Impress Telefilm, pic had its world premiere at the Pusan Film Festival in 2009 and went on to play this year at Rotterdam, the Afro-Asian-Latin fest in Milan and the Dhaka Festival where Farooki won best director.

Farooki is the founder of Bangladesh’s avant garde cinema movement Chabial.

Submissions for the foreign language Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.