A romantic comedy with a huge heart and charm to match, promising director Phaim Bhuiyan’s debut is a fresh and spirited portrait of the complications of young love caught between very different beliefs.
Phaim (played by the director himself) is a twenty-two-year-old Muslim boy born in Italy of Bangladeshi origin. He lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighbourhood, works as a museum steward and plays in a band. When he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli, Suburra: Blood on Rome), his exact opposite, she is not how he imagined his ﬁrst girlfriend would be: Asia is impulsive and lives on instinct. Despite this, the attraction between them is immediate, and Phaim must ﬁgure out how to reconcile his love for her with the most sacred of Islam’s rules: no sex before marriage.
Based on the director’s own experiences and brimming with witty observations, Bangla is an endearing and relevant story about integration and identity.
Phaim Bhuiyan (1995, Italy) is from a Bangladeshi family and studies Video Design and Film at the Istituto Europeo di Design. He worked as an assistant director on several films and has directed music videos and an episode of the Italian TV series Yoroi (2017). Bangla, is his debut feature ﬁlm, which enjoyed a world premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019.