Pakistani short film, Mulaqaat has been selected to be screened at the 78th Venice film festival. Mulaqaat is 20 minutes long short film featuring Parizae Fatima and Hamza Mushtaq and directed by Seemab Gul, who was also the lady behind bringing this short film to a prestigious film festival.
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The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals, where many names proved themselves including Marlon Brando, Al-Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep to name a few. The festival is the showcase for the Oscars prospects.
There will be many big names who are going to showcase their work including Jane Campion with The power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer are the few names keeping an eye on the big price.
The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is a medieval epic that will be showcased at the festival along with highly anticipated sci-fi named Dune directed by renowned Denis Villeneuve starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya.
The Director of the Festival, Alberto Barbera hailed the return of the top stars of Hollywood, who were not to be seen last year. The films this year are of better quality compared to the previous year, most of them with 3 to 4 hours running time and some powerful female characters, he added.
“As if the pandemic was the reason for this creativity being stimulated all around the world”, he said in a virtual news conference. The audience will be restricted to 4,000 due to covid-19.
Needless to say that Pakistani short films being nominated among the arguably big names of Hollywood and that too in the Venice Film Festival is an achievement in itself.
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