Bangladeshi film “Mritika Maya” (Earthen Love), an emotional tale of an old potter, is part of an eclectic package of films being shown at a film festival here organised by Cine Central, the country's oldest and largest film society.
Directed by Gazi Rakayet, “Mritika Maya” is scheduled to be screened at the International Forum of New Cinema in the festival, which was inaugurated last Sunday.
Apart from that, there will be representative films from countries like France, Turkey and Netherlands among 17 nations in the festival which will end on November 21, a Cine Central official said.
The Cine Central is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, the official said.
Besides bagging the silver crest at the SAARC Film Festival held in Sri Lanka in May, “Mritika Maya” bagged awards in 17 categories at the National Awards presentation in Bangladesh in 2013.
The awards included the best director, best music director, best supporting actor, best actor in a negative role, best story, and best art categories.
Other countries being represented in the festival are: Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Peru, Netherlands, Slovenia, Vietnam and India.
The inaugural film on November 15 was “Quiet Bliss” (2014), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winsphere, that dealt with three generations of women whose lives are affected by recession and the relentless bureaucratic hurdles. The Cine Central started its journey with veteran film director Madhu Bose as the president and Satyajit Ray as the vice-president.