2019 Lavazza Italian Film Festival – Bangla Movie Review

Phaim (Phaim Bhuiyan) have a fair bit to contend with. He’s a young man born in Italy to Bangladeshi parents, lives at home, fights with his sister, observes the Muslim faith and is falling in love for the first time. If that’s not complicated enough, he has raging hormones and an Imam that forbids him from acting out his feelings.

The humour in Bangla resides in the crazy things that happen in everyday life when cultures collide. There are no over the top histrionics and the touching moments feel lived in and real. As much as major cities, in this case Rome, are melting pots, there are still cultural differences bubbling under the surface. These moments are brought to life in a humorous way.



These kind of films make wonderful additions to the film festival circuit as they provide opportunities to see works not always seen in the English language market. They also entertain with humanity and humour. And hopefully along with the laughter will come a more pronounced sense of unity. Regardless of background we all face the same stumbling blocks on the road of life.
Rob Hudson

Bangla screenings in Brisbane:

Friday 27, September 8:40 PM
Sunday 6, October 5:45 PM
Monday 14, October 6:20 PM

Friday 4, October 6:30 PM
Thursday 10, October 8:30 PM
Sunday 13, October 3:45 PM

The 20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival celebrates Italian cinema and filmmakers at their very best. With a programme featuring 26 of the best new Italian films from the past year as well as classic cinematic gems, Special Presentations, aperitivo nights, receptions and galas, it is Palace’s biggest event of the year!

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Byron Bay from 17 September.

Click here more information about the program, or head to the official website for more information and to book your tickets!