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‘Under Construction’ in two major South American film festivals

8Under Construction has been invited to participate in two major film festivals in South America; Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil and the Festival de Cine de Bogota, Colombia. Both festivals are recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
The 39th edition of Sao Paulo International Film Festival (a leading film festival in Latin America), also known as Mostra, took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from October 22 and will continue till November 4, screening 312 films from 62 countries in 22 venues. Bangladeshi feature film Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain has been enlisted in the New Directors Competition.
“The festival keeps a close eye on the future with the main competitive section being New Directors Competition, in which it aims to find and present names and propensities of worldwide cinema,” Renata de Almeida, director of the festival cited in the editorial on the festival website. The festival introduced many prospective filmmakers like Jafar Panahi, Bruno Dumont, Thomas Vinterberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Marcelo Gomes to the  South American audience.
The festival will open with My Hindu Friend, the most recent work of Hector Babenco. Rubaiyat Hossain has been invited to attend the festival’s opening ceremony and the Q&A session, which will take place prior to the screenings of her film Under Construction. The film will have four screenings at different venues including a show at Sao Paulo Museum of Image and Sound.
This year’s Bogota Film Festival is taking place in Bogota, Colombia from Oct 20 to 28. Besides giving acknowledgement to Colombian filmmakers, the festival also recognises filmmakers from other countries in Latin America, as well as Europe and Asia. The festival has showcased many notable film directors across the world, including the first international recognition of Pedro Almodovar as Best Director for his 1987 film, La Ley del Deseo.
Under Construction has been included in International Competition at the festival. This year the International Competition has enlisted 13 films to compete for the Pre-Columbian Circle award.
Earlier this year, the film had its world premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. Under Construction has also participated in Montreal World Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and Haifa Film Festival among others.
Under Construction will be released in Bangladesh on January 22, next year.

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