Nuhash Humayun’s Moving Bangladesh is the only film from Bangladesh to be selected in the festival’s Tokyo Gap Financing Market Section.
The Tokyo International Film Festival is regarded to be one of the most prestigious film festivals in Asia. It will be held as an in-person event this year, from October 30 to November 8, and two impressive selections have made it to the festival, namely, Nuhash Humayun’s Moving Bangladesh and rising Japanese director Keisuke Yoshida’s select films. Yoshida is the ‘Director in Focus’ in the festival’s new Nippon Cinema New section, wherein a selection of his films will be shown.
Humayun’s debut directorial is the only film from Bangladesh that made it one of the 14 full-fledged selected features in the Tokyo Gap Financing Market (TGFM) section. 20 films selected in the section, of which 14 are full-fledged features, three are animated films, there’s one TV series and two Animated TV series. The section will run from November 1 to 3.
The Tokyo International Film Festival is significant as it not just premieres films, but encourages good scripts and provides a platform for filmmakers to connect with sponsors from around the world. Expanding the global market for cinema is one of the key goals of this festival
Speaking to The Daily Star, Nuhash said that he finds it ‘exciting seeing the momentum for ‘Moving Bangladesh.’ The film was also selected in the Cannes' Marché du Film section.
And Keisuke Yoshida, is noted for this 2016 breakthrough feature Himeanole, and two of his upcoming projects, the boxing drama Blue and the drama-thriller Intolerance, that premieres in Japan. The Nippon Cinema Now section has replaced the Japan Now section and aims to encourage and showcase emerging Japanese filmmakers rather than well-known ones.
The festival issued a statement, lauding Yoshida’s filmmaking as his ‘talent for depicting the madness of human relations between a diversity of characters,’ adding that his films deserve greater attention at international film festivals along with those in Japan.
Yoshida is a graduate from the Tokyo Visual Arts film school, who debuted with the youth drama Raw Summer, which won him the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival’s Grand Prix. He wrote a novel and adapted it into a father-daughter comedy Café Isobe. Yoshida said that while preparing himself to be a film director, he always knew that the Tokyo International Film Festival was one festival he wanted his film to be featured in.