‘Mulaqat’, a Pakistani short film made it to the Venice Film Festival

Gaining Accolades

Pakistani short film Mulaqat has made it to the 78th Venice Film Festival. The 20-minute short film will be screened at the prestigious film festival in September. The short film stars Parizae Fatima and Hamza Mushtaq in lead roles and is directed by Seemab Gul, who is a London-based Pakistani. “Sandstorm (Mulaqat) will have its world premiere at the festival in the Orrizzonti short films competition. Delighted to be part of cinema history in the oldest film festival in the world!” shared Seemab on her Instagram. The director went on to thank the entire cast and crew. Hamza Mushtaq also took to Instagram to share the big news. “Delighted to be a part of the cinema history in the oldest film festival in the world! Shot in Karachi and a year in the making in this turbulent time,” he wrote, thanking for the opportunity to be part of this huge project. Produced by Abid Aziz Merchant, the short film has been shot in Karachi during the pandemic. Mulaqat will be up against Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers and Pablo Larrain’s Spencer.