Rubaiyat Hossain given 50,000 Euros for Upcoming Film

Independent director Rubaiyat Hossain has received 50,000 Euros for her upcoming film ‘The Difficult Bride’.

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"We are hoping to start shooting"

Acclaimed Bangladeshi director Rubaiyat Hossain has received a 50,000 Euro grant from the 37th Berlin World Cinema Fund.

The independent filmmaker received the grant for her upcoming production The Difficult Bride.

Rubaiyat said: “The budget of my film is 1 million Euros.

“This was the first grant we applied to for this project and received a large sum of 50,000 Euros.

“We will also be applying for grants in France, Sweden, Denmark, and Bangladesh, as well. We are hoping to start shooting for the film in September of next year.”

The film follows Novera, a bride-to-be in modern-day Dhaka who is in love with the groom and the idea of a fairytale wedding, but secretly struggles with her body, which does not appear to comply with the wedding rituals.

She visits the beauty salon on a regular basis and uses home remedies to “cure” her body.

A mysterious woman with long hair begins to visit Novera in her imagination as stress, anxiety, and emotional pain take root in her.

Stating that it will be a supernatural film, Rubaiyat continued:

“The movie dwells on the psychological journey of a bride-to-be, who has to deal with the pressures of marriage.

“While going to the beauty parlour, the movie takes a turn towards the supernatural.”

While talking about the film, Rubaiyat shared how she had been inspired by an installation of Habiba Nowrose.

She continued: “An installation photography shot by Habiba Nowrose really inspired me when planning for this film, and I may even use this photograph in a scene for the film.”

Directed and written by Rubaiyat Hossain, Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed is the producer.

A third of the budget was raised from Bangladeshi entities and the project hoped to attract further financiers, a sales agent, technical crew heads of departments and European post-production packages while at Berlin.

The Berlin World Cinema Fund received submissions of a total of 176 films from 51 countries, from which only 11 were selected by the judges.

In addition to The Difficult Bride, films from Argentina, Venezuela and The Central African Republic received funding under the Production Funding category.

Rubaiyat Hossain’s last film Shimu premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was successfully released theatrically in many countries including France, Japan and Portugal.

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