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Have you seen the trailer for Usman Mukhtar’s Bench?

Another short-film is heading to the virtual Palm Springs ShortFest

Reporting | - Posted: Jun 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
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Posted: Jun 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Have you seen the trailer for Usman Mukhtar’s Bench?

Photo: Official poster

The trailer of Bench, a short-film made by actor and director Usman Mukhtar has been unveiled on Youtube.

The film was previously nominated in the best short film category at the Independent Short Awards festival in Los Angeles, USA.

The film explores the struggles faced by a coupled played by Rubya Chaudhry and Mukhtar. At the moment, the film is doing festival rounds. It will be screened in Pakistan soon.  

The film is directed by Usman Mukhtar and written by Ali Mudar.

Another Pakistani short film to look out for is Stray Dogs Come Out at Night‘s.

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Karachi, Pakistan. Iqbal, a maalishwala, cannot come to terms with his illness. He convinces his uncle to take a day trip to the beach, desperate for respite. The Arabian sea beckons. Official Selection (In-Competition): Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival 2020 Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020 Tampere International Short Film Festival 2020 REGARD International Short Film Festival 2020 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 2020 Fribourg International Film Festival 2020 BFI Flare International Film Festival 2020 Director: @hamzabang Starring: @madhashmi @tipudiary Executive Producer: @minz252 Producer: @carol92 DOP: @yasirkhanpakistan Production Designer: @huzkhan AD: @nabeelhere SFX Make: @danialshahzadkhan Titles: @silllooo @silllustrates Colourist: mo_sha_hu VFX: bilalghouri

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The film has been selected to be showcased at the Oscar-qualifying Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films 2020. It has also been nominated for two awards as part of the festival — Best Live Action Short and Vimeo Staff Pick Award.

The film revolves around ideas of toxic masculinity, migration and urban loneliness.

The short film had its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival in France. Stray Dogs Come Out at Night was the first Pakistani film to be selected in the history of the festival.

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