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Nonajoler Kabbo to be premiered at Busan Film Fest

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Promising director Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s feature film ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ (Nonajaler Kabya) will have its Asian Premiere at the 25th Busan International Film Festival.

The 10-day festival will begin in South Korea on October 21.

Sumit made the discloser in his Facebook post on September 14. “I’m thrilled that my first feature film ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ (Nonajaler Kabya) will have its Asian Premiere at the 25th Busan International Film Festival”, he said.

“I’m grateful and humbled by this invitation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my cast and crew members. I would also like to make an earnest request to everyone – please help us spread the news! The bigger the audience, the bigger the impact, Sumit’s post reads.

‘The Salt in Our Waters’ is an audacious story about the effects of climate change and the clash between beliefs, set in a tiny fishing community on the Bangladeshi coast (Patuakhali).  The main character is Rudro, a 32-year-old sculptor from the city who moves to this remote place after the death of his father, and who is accused by the inhabitants of the village of being cursed. The movie has been produced jointly by Bangladeshi and French production companies namely mypixelstory and ARSAM International. For his latest art installation, Rudro journeys to a remote mangrove isle on the Bangladeshi Delta, a day's boat ride and a world away from modern, crowded Dhaka. Welcomed by the local fishermen and their leader.

Chairman, Rudro's modern ideas and lifelike sculptures enchant the village boys and his landlord's daughter. But when the local Ilish catch proves elusive, the elders blame Rudro’s “idolatry” for the curse of empty nets. In this vanishing land where sea and sky merge, a storm is brewing and change –welcome or not—is coming.

Popular Bangladeshi filmmaker Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s production company Half Stop Down is the line production partner of the film.

The cast of the film include Fazlur Rahman Babu, Titas Zia, Shatabdi Wadud, Dulari Tahim, Tasnova Tamanna and Ashok Bepari.

The film also won Bangladesh’s National Film Grant in 2017, and a writing grant from Director Spike Lee in 2016.

It may be mentioned that The Salt in Our Waters will be premiered at the 64th BFI London Film Festival on October 7.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF), held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in the world. The first festival, held from 13 to 21 September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The main focus of the BIFF is to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

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