March 18, 2019

Rima Das Bags Best Director Award at Dublin International Film Festival

In a heartening news, Rima Das has been honoured with the Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) award for Best Director for her film ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ at the 2019 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

Shot in the stunning setting of her home village in India, Rima Das’s film is a moving drama about coming of age, sexuality and personal identity. It centres on Bulbul and her two closest friends, Samu and Bonny, who find themselves challenged by convention, tradition and expectation in their communities as they reach their teens. When outraged locals shame them for their acts, their friendships and very sense of self is put to the test.

I’m delighted to win Dublin Film Critics Circle Jury Award for Best Director for ‘Bulbul Can Sing’. It’s amazing that a film based in a small village in Assam, India, is winning hearts in another part of the world. Thanks Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland for the honour,” Rima said in a statement.

The third Assamese feature of writer-director-producer Rima Das, the film follows up the wonderful ‘Village Rockstars’ with another powerful story of a young woman fighting to be independent  whilst under the scrutiny of  Assamese tradition. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018, followed by the South Asian premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and Indian premiere at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival.

The film won the Golden Gateway Award in the India Gold category at the 20th Jio MAMI Film Festival. It also got a Special Mention from the Generation 14plus International Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.

Manoranjan Das, the actor who played the character of Suman in the film also bagged the Best Performance Award at the Singapore International Film Festival last year.

‘Bulbul Can Sing’ was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It also had its European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Directed and written by Rima Das, the film stars Pakija Begum, Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das and Bonita Thakuria.

The Dublin International Film Festival was held in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland from February 20 to March 3.

Prantik Deka