Magazine article Screen International

Filmatique in Locarno Open Doors Tie-In

Magazine article Screen International

Filmatique in Locarno Open Doors Tie-In

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EXCLUSIVE: Five films to screen on streaming platform in August.

New York-based streaming platform Filmatique has curated an August selection in partnership with the Locarno Festival.

Filmatique will screen five features that screened under the auspices of the Locarno Open Doors international co-production initiative in 2016.

The programme runs from 2016-2018 and is designed to help South Asian filmmakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Locarno Festival opened this week and runs through August 12.

The selections on Filmatique include: Deepak Rauniyar’s Highway (pictured), which charts the lives of passengers aboard a bus from Darjeeling to Kathmandu; Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain’s exploration of religious fundamentalism and patriarchy in her second feature, Under Construction; and Burmese filmmaker Maw Naing’s The Monk, about a young man’s crisis of faith deep in the countryside of Myanmar.

Rounding out the five are two films about contemporary Sri Lanka: Rasanna Jayakody’s 28 and Vimukthi Jayasundara’s The Forsaken Land. …

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