Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's seventh full-length film “Shonibar Bikel (Saturday Afternoon)” won two awards at the 41st Moscow International Film Festival.
The movie won The Russian film critics' award and also the 'Kommersant Weekend' weekly's prize of the festival this year, the filmmaker said in social media.
The movie is yet to be cleared by the Bangladesh censor board.
The cast includes Farooki’s wife Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee, French-Australian Ellie Poussot, Palestinian star Eyad Hourani from Cannes Award winner and Oscar-nominated film ‘Omar’, Zahid Hasan, Nader Chowdhury, Iresh Zaker, Intekhab Dinar, Mamunur Rashid, Gausul Alam Shaon and Swiss-Italian actress Selina Black among others.
Cinematography is by Aziz Zhambakiyev, who won the 2013 Berlin Silver Bear for Artistic Achievement for Kazakh drama "Harmony Lessons." He worked on "Saturday Afternoon" with Russian lenser Valerii Petrov ("Stalingrad," "The Duellist") serving as Steadicam operator.
The film is a Bangladesh, India, Germany joint-production with producers like Abdul Aziz of Jaaz Multimedia, Farooki of Chabial on behalf of Bangladesh, in tandem with Russian-born Anna Katchko of Germany's Tandem Production.
"Saturday Afternoon" is the first installment of Farooki's "Identity" trilogy. The second would be "No Land's Man," which has already secured grants from India's Film Bazaar and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy-Motion Picture Assn. film fund. The third is planned to be on the Rohingya ethnic group, who are facing ethnic extinction in Myanmar.