Abu Sayeed directed film titled ‘Ekjon Kobi-r Mrittyu’ is set to be premiered at Kolkata International Film Festival of this year. The film is about a nature-loving poet who is unable to gaze at the stars in the sky over Dhaka due to a haze caused by air pollution.
The film, much applauded for its making, was submitted to the censor board in October 9th. Within a few days, it was cleared and permitted to be released.Labeling his creation as an ‘experimental film’, the director revealed that it has been picked up in the category of “Innovation in moving image”.
The film will compete against international films at Kolkata International Film Festival, scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.Sayeed said that the ensemble cast of lead expert actor Jayanta Chattopadhyay and actress Irin Sultana, as well as him will attend the 19th edition of film festival.
The best film category’s winner will be chosen by a five-member international jury. The jury board will pick three films Golden Royal Bengal Tiger awards for best film, best director and a special award. The awards entail cash prizes of Rs 70 lakh and Rs 30 lakh for the best film and best director respectively.
Among other films in the competition category are “A Sort of a Family” (Argentina-Brazil-France-Poland production), “Good Manners” (Brazil-France), “Los Perros” (France-Chile), Hungarian film “1945”, Indian entries “The Holy Fish” and “Nocturnal Times”, Iranian entry “Kupal” and Polish film “Birds are singing in Kigali”.
Notably, The Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is the second oldest international film festival in India. The festival is organized by the West Bengal Film Centre under the West Bengal Government.