Opening Night Red Carpet Gala
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE | Italy | 80 min | Italian/Bengali PG | co-presented with Mississauga ItalFest
CAST: Phaim Bhuiyan, Simone Liberati, Pietro Sermonti, Carlotta Antonelli, Shaila Mohiuddin, Nasima Akhter, Rishad Noorani
When Phaim (22 years old) falls madly in love with the liberated Asia, he panics. According to his traditional parents, he must marry a Bengali woman, and according to Islam, sex before marriage is a sin. This is a clash of cultures which is an everyday reality for many second-generation immigrants. The film will be followed by the MISAFF19 opening party where Toronto's beloved band MOST PEOPLE and Montreal artist DENIQUE LEBLANC will be performing.
About the director: Phaim Bhuiyan based BANGLA on his own life, playing the lead in a fictionalised version of himself. Comparisons with the recent cinema hit THE BIG SICK are easy to make and BANGLA also proves that the tried and tested romcom formula lends itself perfectly to serious themes. In their own city, Phaim and his friends, who did not acquire Italian nationality until they were 18, are regarded as foreigners and they struggle with their parents' expectations. An honest comedy about integration and identity.
Screening: Thursday, August 1st, 6:00 PM, Cineplex Mississauga
Tickets are $30 and include the opening party or $10 for party alone. The MISFF film festival opening party is the most anticipated event following the red carpet opening gala and screening. Film lovers get to network with filmmakers from the GTA as well the film festival organizers and jury. Toronto band MOST PEOPLE will be performing along with an opening by the sensational Montreal musician Denique Leblanc. Party at The Rec Room starting at 9pm.
MISAFF19 Opening Film BANGLA Theatrical Trailer