Italian Film Festival


Info: Italy, 2019, 84 mins, DCP

Language: Italian, Bengali with English Subtitles

Director: Phaim Bhuiyan

Cast: Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Simone Liberati


  • Saturday January 4, 2020 - 4:15 pm

"An impressive feature debut that offers a multicultural romance with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. It’s the perfect film for a light, fluffy evening at the cinema with your better half." Charlie David Page, Switch

Phaim Bhuiyan’s debut rom-com has a fresh, left-field energy which is immediately appealing. And while many Italian dramas and documentaries in recent years have tackled the subject of immigration, this is still a relatively rare film from a (second generation) Italian immigrant perspective.

Phaim, who also wrote the screenplay and directs, stars as a twentysomething Bengali Muslim in Rome, an aspiring musician who gets the hots for an Italian girl (Carlotta Antonelli) but isn’t sure how to balance his desires with strict religious orthodoxies around celibacy and abstinence. With its quirky humour, adventurous camerawork and fun music, Bangla was named the Best First Feature at Italy’s Golden Globes Awards earlier this year.