"I can’t wait to see this film break down barriers"
Pakistani cinema has been going from strength to strength recently and the latest success is In Flames.
The horror film won ‘Best Feature’ at the International South Asian Film Festival Canada (ISAFF Canada).
The news was shared on Instagram via a clip by director Zarrar Kahn and Mohammad Ali Hashmi, where the team went on stage to accept the award.
The caption read: “We won Best Feature!
“Thank you ISAFF Canada for this incredible honour! It means the world!
“We are so grateful to be part of South Asian excellence in Canada and worldwide. This award goes to the entire team, we did it guys!”
The news was met with comments from delighted followers who said they were eagerly waiting to watch the movie.
One individual commented: “Congratulations! So well deserved!
“I can’t wait to see this film break down barriers and reach new heights!”
Another said: “I’m not crying, you’re crying! Congratulations to a well-deserved team of visionaries!”
In Flames follows the aftermath of the family patriarch’s death.
It rips Mariam (Ramesha Nawal) and her mother’s precarious existence apart.
They must find strength in each other if they are to survive the malevolent forces that threaten to engulf them.
The film initially premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight stream, which took place at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
It went on to premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.
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In Flames has been recognised for its ability to engage the audience purely with a captivating storyline as opposed to modern fashion and trending music.
The film has been produced by Anam Abbas, whilst Shant Joshi, Todd Brown and Maxine Cottray are listed as the executive producers.
It stars Ramesha Nawal, Bakhtawar Mazhar, Mohammad Ali Hashmi, Adnan Shah Tipu and Omar Javaid.
As the film has been recognised internationally, it is a testament to the evergrowing industry and the recognition that Pakistani cinema continues to garner on a global level.
Anurag Kashyap, who is known for his work on projects such as Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur and Black Friday, highlighted his appreciation for the film and said that it was more than just a “moody horror film.”
He applauded the way that the film tackled societal issues and gave the audience a clear-cut insight, leaving a lasting impact on viewers.