Actor and director Usman Mukhtar’s short film, Bench, has been making headlines ever since its trailer came out. The film has so far gained massive praise and international recognition.
Bench was shortlisted for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival in September.
“With great humility, joy and pride do we announce that Bench has been selected at the first Cannes International Independent Film Festival – CIIFF,” shared Usman taking pride in the achievement.
The film starring Usman along with the multitalented Rubya Chaudhry was screened yesterday at the Cannes International Film Festival.
“Pakistani short film Bench by Usman Mukhtar is being screened today at the Cannes International Film Festival taking place in France from October 18-20, 2020,” tweeted the Embassy of Pakistan in Paris, France.
Pakistani short film "Bench" by Usman Mukhtar is being screened today at the Cannes International Film Festival taking place in France from October 18-20, 2020. 👏🎬🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/7NWoyCfoU0
— Embassy of Pakistan, Paris, France (@PakinFrance) October 20, 2020
It is a dialogue-centric film that explores the struggles faced by the characters played by Rubya and Usman. “Bench is about a young couple who are at a crossroad of their relationship where leaving each other is just as difficult as staying together. They meet again at their favorite spot to resolve their conflict, once and for all.”
Have a look at the trailer below:
Usman’s directorial venture had also been chosen for a screening at the Independent Short Awards Los Angeles, 3rd South Asian Film Festival Kolkata, Prisma Awards in Rome, and South Asian Film Festival Toronto.