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.
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.
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA AND PARTY (at the REC ROOM): $30
OPENING PARTY TICKET AT THE REC ROOM: $10
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.
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, sensational Montreal musician Denique Leblanc and Bollywood Blast will be performing. Party at The Rec Room starting at 9pm.