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LIFF19 Bangla

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A romantic comedy with a huge heart and charm to match, promising director Phaim Bhuiyan’s debut is a fresh and spirited portrait of the complications of young love caught between very different beliefs.
Phaim (played by the director himself) is a twenty-two-year-old Muslim boy born in Italy of Bangladeshi origin. He lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighbourhood, works as a museum steward and plays in a band. When he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli, Suburra: Blood on Rome), his exact opposite, she is not how he imagined his first girlfriend would be: Asia is impulsive and lives on instinct. Despite this, the attraction between them is immediate, and Phaim must figure out how to reconcile his love for her with the most sacred of Islam’s rules: no sex before marriage.
With a script based on the director’s own experiences and brimming with witty observations, Bangla is an endearing and relevant story about integration and identity.


WINNER: Best First Feature, Golden Globes Italy, 2019
WINNER: Best Comedy Film, Nastri d’Argento Awards, 2019
NOMINATED: Big Screen Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019


"A promising first effort, Bhuiyan takes his own story and develops it with this decent debut that has an honesty to it and some really funny lines."


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 17th September


84 min




Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli


Phaim Bhuiyan


Film Festival


Italian and Bengali with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso