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Hamza Bangash’s feature-film-in-development MARIAM is headed to the Berlin International Film Festival 2020. MARIAM has been selected for the Berlin Talent Project Market, where the team aims to raise international support for the film.

Writer-Director Hamza Bangash’s feature-film-in-development, MARIAM, is headed to the Berlin International Film Festival!

The film, produced by Anam Abbas, has been selected for the Berlinale Talent Project Market 2020. Only 10 feature-film projects from across the globe have been selected. The projects are to be presented to experienced international co-producers and financiers attending the Berlinale Co-Production Market, in aims of raising international support for their films.

The ten selected projects also compete for a prize. Three will be nominated for the VFF Talent Highlight Award, worth €10,000, and their projects will be pitched publicly at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The winner will be announced during a Pitch and Award Ceremony at the Berlin House of Representatives.


Bangash’s feature film, MARIAM, is inspired by his 2018 critically-acclaimed short, Dia. The film is produced by Berlinale Talent alumni, Anam Abbas, Apoorva Chauran & Mina Husain. MARIAM also won the MPA-AFA award for Best Pitch at Busan international film festival 2019. The film is slated for a 2021 release, and is currently raising development funds. The film is art-house horror/thriller described as ‘In Pakistan, a young woman’s grief becomes a nightmarish reality.’


Dia (2018) starring Nida Khan, Baktawar Mazhar and Zarrar Khan was selected for the 2018 Locarno Film Festival. The short film serves as the inspiration for the feature, MARIAM.

The last Pakistani film to be selected for the Berlin Talent Project Market was Mo Naqvi’s documentary film, Shame, in 2004.

After a period of 16 years later, another Pakistani team returns to Berlin – this time with a fiction film project. MARIAM is the first Pakistani fiction film to be selected as part of the Berlin Talent Project Market.

The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978 and is one of the “Big Three” alongside the Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. 

2020 is the year the Pakistani New Wave comes into it’s own!

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