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‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ Review: The Bangladeshi movie screened in 74th Cannes Film Festival
An individual has to make diverse decisions throughout life. When a person stays firm about a decision knowing that he will have to pay the ultimate price in the future, the person has to be at his strongest. Rehana Maryam Noor is such a stubborn character. Written and directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, Rehana Maryam Noor has made history by representing Bangladesh in the 'Un Certain Regard' section at the Cannes International Film Festival. 'Rehana Maryam Noor (2021)' Movie Review Although Rehana is the main character in the movie, the story revolves around the harassment of her student, Annie. In whose name the movie, Rehana Maryam Noor is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl. Raising a daughter alone, taking care of father, mother, and brother, raising expenses - all she has to do single-handedly. Nevertheless, such people have to be strong! But we see how persistent she is as she always wears her husband's watch. Read Rehana Maryam Noor screened at Cannes amid standing ovation Rehana is a 37-year-old- medical college teacher. To prove the insistence of this medical college teacher, the director showed that she was sitting next to the student to catch cheating in the exam hall, and she became successful in that too. The talented director Saad depicted all these small but meaningful incidents to create the context of the story.
Rehana Maryam Noor screened at Cannes amid standing ovation
Rehana Maryam Noor’, a film directed by Bangladeshi director Abdullah Mohammad Saad, screened at the 74th Cannes Film Festival's prestigious 'Un Certain Regard' section on Wednesday. The screening took place at Bangladeshi time 3:15 pm at the Sal Dubusi Theater in Cane Pale Do Festival building. The film has received 'Standing Ovation' from the audiences. READ: Asia in Cannes: Spotlight on Asian Movies in 74th Cannes Film Festival Director Abdullah Mohammad Saad, actress Azmeri Haque Badhan, Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua, cinematographer Tuhin Tamizul, production designer Ali Afzal Ujjal, sound engineer Shaib Talukder, colorist Chinmoy Roy and executive producer Ehsanul Babu attended the screening on Wednesday at the festival. The second Bangladeshi film ever being showcased in a competitive section of arguably the most prestigious and celebrated film showcase in the world, Rehana Maryam Noor has created buzz among the movie lovers and critics all over the world. A large number of audiences were spotted outside the festival venue, cued to enter the screening, according to the local media. Read Best Movies Preview: The Anticipation on the Run for Cannes Film Festival 2021 There will be a total of three screenings of the movie at the festival. Both of the screenings will take place tomorrow, July 8 at 12:30 pm and 2 pm (Bangladeshi time) at the festival. It is of course the first from Bangladesh to be chosen for Un Certain Regard, which translates to 'From Another Angle' in French, and features films that stand out for their unusual styles and often non-traditional storytelling. Previously, late Tareque Masud-directed Matir Moina (2002) was the first Bangladeshi entry to be screened in competition at the festival, coming away with a prestigious FIPRESCI award. Read Cannes Film Festival 2021: Movies and Filmmakers under the Limelight The second directorial venture by talented filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad, 'Rehana Maryam Noor's storyline narrates the tale of the eponymous private medical college teacher who becomes the witness to an unexpected incident while leaving the college one day. Being awestruck with the incident, Noor starts to protest against the incident and the system, as the story moves forward. The ensemble cast of the film features prominent actors including Saberi Alam, Azmeri Haque Badhan, Afia Zahin, Kazi Sami Hasan, Afia Tabassum, Yasir Al Haque and more, in the major roles. READ: Rehana Maryam Noor: The Bangladeshi Film in the prestigious list of Cannes Alongside Un Certain Regard, other segments of this year's festival are 'In Competition', 'Out of Competition', 'Midnight Screenings', 'Cannes Premiere' and 'Special Screenings'. Officially began yesterday as the first offline film festival during the pandemic era, this year's festival is scheduled to take place from July 6 to 17 in Cannes, France.
Asia in Cannes: Spotlight on Asian Movies in 74th Cannes Film Festival
The waiting is over and the curtain 74th Cannes film festival is about to fall. This film festival will be celebrating from 6 July at the Palais De Festival Center in Cannes, the coaster city of southern France. Spike Lee, the president of the juries, will announce the name of the Palme d’Or 2021 winner in the ending ceremony on 17 July. Like the previous years, a remarkable number of Asian films will also enlighten this time the big screen of Cannes. Are you waiting for the dazzling carnival of Asian movies at Cannes film festival 2021? Let’s get some idea about those films. Asian movies in 74th Cannes film festival Chinese Movies Na Jiazuo’s ‘Streetwise’ in Un Certain Regard Na Jiazuo, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, made his directorial debut in this crime-drama film. Here the story follows a young man working for a debt collector. His miserable life takes a drastic turn when he loses his two important people in one night. Read:Best Movies Preview: The Anticipation on the Run for Cannes Film Festival 2021 Wen Shipei’s ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ in Special Screening A mystery continues to grow around a road accident by mistake that happened a few years ago. It gradually reveals a connection among the car driver, the dead man’s wife, and the detective working on the case. This psychological thriller of the young director Wen Shipei was produced by the talented director Ning Hao. Wei Shunjun’s ‘Ripples of Life’ in Directors’ Fortnight This drama depicts the different stages of life through a nice presentation of the life of a man. Wei Shunjun keeps the same production unit for this movie that he used for his film ‘Striding into the wind’. And it was in the official selection of Cannes. Read Cannes Film Festival 2021: Movies and Filmmakers under the Limelight Japanese Movies Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Drive My Car’ in Competition This film actually is an adaption of Haruki Murakami’s short story titled ‘Drive My Car’. In this film Hamaguchi has tried to show the relationship of an actor-director with his female driver on the way to Hiroshima to make a movie. Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’ in Premier Mamoru Hosoda got popularity after his last work ‘Mirai’ which received the nomination in both of Oscar and Golden Globes. This time Hosoda has come with his new animation film Belle. It is about a 17-year-old girl who becomes a singer in a virtual world even after she is not used to singing in real life. Read Greatest Love Stories in Celluloid: Hollywood’s Best Romantic Movies of All Time Irani Movies Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’ in Competition Asghar Farhadi is the writer of the Oscar-winning films ‘A Separation’ and ‘The Salesman’. He won the best screenplay award at Cannes in 2016 for ‘The Salesman’ movie. This time Farhadi presents a thriller film titled ‘A Hero’ made by his own direction. ‘A Hero’ covers the major contemporary issues of modern societies. Panah Panahi’s ‘Hit the Road’ in Directors’ Fortnight This interesting drama directed by Panah Panahi is a story of a family on a road trip. Every member of the family plays their own weird behavior except the older brother. Panahi got awards in Cannes: Camera d’Or for White Baloon (1995) and Un Certain Regard for Crimson Gold (2003). Read Suman Ghosh’s Film Searching for Happiness is to Feature in London Indian Film Festival 2021 South Korean Movies Han Jae-rim’s ‘Emergency Declaration’ in Out of Competition The talented filmmaker Han assembled Song Kang-ho (one of the Cannes juries), Jeon Do-Yeon, and Lee Byung-hun in this mid-flight disaster-action film. It follows the incident of the unconditional landing of an airplane due to an unprecedented disaster. Eventually, it can spread quite thrill in Cannes’ festive palace. Hong Sang-soo’s ‘In Front of Your Face’ in Premiere The veteran filmmaker Hong Sang-soo won Prix Un Certain Regard for his comedy dram ‘Hahaha’ in 2010. Hong often highlights domestic realism in his films which will remain unchanged this time in this vivid family movie. It will be his 11th entry in Cannes. Read Top 10 English Comedy Movies released in 2021 Indian Movies Rahul Jain’s ‘Invisible Demons’ in Cinema for the Climate Delhi-based director Rahul Jain has elaborated his experience of pollution in Delhi in this documentary. The unseen diseases occurring due to various pollutions are defined as invisible demons. It will be Jain’s debut to be at the international film festival. Bangladeshi Movies Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ in Uncertain Regard This Bengali film directed by the young director Abdullah Mohammad Saad features a contemporary social issue of Bangladesh. A college teacher pursues justice for a female student victim of sexual assault. Her child also faces misconduct at school. Noor stood against those injustices by going against all the social obstacles. Read Rehana Maryam Noor: The Bangladeshi Film in the prestigious list of Cannes Asian Movies in joint production Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Memoria’ in Competition The Thai director Weerasethakul has made his name by winning Palme d’Or for ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ film. The greatest indie actress Tilda Swinton stars Memoria. This character portrays a Scottish woman who experiences some supernatural phenomena while heading to her sister’s home. Multiple talents’ ‘The Year of the Everlasting Storm’ in Special Screening This is an anthology film covering 7 stories from different directors around the world. Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul made their magnificent contribution to this film chronicles in the background of the ongoing pandemic situation. Read Best Bengali Thriller Movies in 2021 Zhao Liang’s ‘I Am So Sorry’ in Cinema for the Climate This is another masterpiece of the documentary filmmaker Zhao Liang. It delivers an interactive discussion on the impact of using nuclear energy across the world. The director himself poses as a guide who draws attention by exploring the consequences of mass destruction. C.B. Yi’s ‘Moneyboys’ in Un Certain Regard The plot of this Taiwanese-Austrian drama movie highlights cultural conflicts between town and village through the eyes of a street hustler. He keeps struggling to take care of his family but soon he realizes that his family won’t accept his homosexuality. This is Yi’s first feature film, and he made it with the production unit full of European professionals. Read Free Online Movies: Best Netflix Alternatives for Streaming Movies in 2021 Pilling up Undoubtedly, Cannes film festival 2021 will be a milestone for Asian movies to walk on the road to world-class cinema. These movies demand the appreciation to make their way to succeed financially in their own local movie industry. The audience as well as the critics have to come forward to make it happened. Thus, it will be possible for Asian films to continue occupying the top chart in international film fests. Read Female filmmakers of Bangladesh have made their mark in the industry
Rehana Maryam Noor: The Bangladeshi Film in the prestigious list of Cannes
Rehana Maryam Noor got a prestigious place at the 74th Cannes as the first Bangladeshi film to get. The Cannes Film Festival is going to be held from 6 to 17 July. And so, on June 3, the names of the selected films were announced on all social media of Cannes, including its official website. The name of Rehana Maryam Noor of Bangladesh has come up in the list of 18 films of the Un Certain Regard in Cannes. This is a huge achievement in the film industry of Bangladesh. Let's get to know the details of this new movie and its achievements. Background of ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ Rehana Maryam Noor, a 37-year-old teacher at a private medical college, was carrying on her work and family life in hundreds of troubles like others. Her life suddenly began to change when one evening she saw an unpleasant incident involving a college female student. From then on, she took the side of that female student and protested against the incident by standing against a fellow teacher. Meanwhile, her 6-year-old daughter experienced misconduct at school. In such unfavorable situations, Rehana was determined to make every effort to ensure justice for that female student and her child by breaking the shackles of the traditional rules. Read Female filmmakers of Bangladesh have made their mark in the industry Screenplay and direction by Abdullah Mohammad Saad Young filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad has written the screenplay and then turned it into a movie. While studying at the Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University, he started writing screenplays for TV dramas. He also made several short films. Saad wrote the screenplay for producer Wahid Tareq's 'Alga Nongor'. Earlier in 2009, Wahid Tareq directed some TV dramas with Saad's 'August-e Lekha Golposhomogro', 'Little Angel I Am Dying' and 'Akti Jothajotho Mrittu'. His first feature film 'Live from Dhaka' won the Silver Screen Award for Best Director and Best Performance (Mostafa Monwar) at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival. When it was fully featured as the first film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), it surprised the Bangladeshi film community. In addition, in 2017, the film was nominated as the best film at the Five Flavor Asian Film Festival. Through multiple vignettes, this black and white film portrays the suffering of a disabled person who is trying to leave Dhaka city. Eventually ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ was made under the banner of Protocol and Metro Video. The film has been produced by Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua and co-produced by Sensemakers Productions along with Rajiv Mahajan, Adnan Habib, and Saidul Haque Khandaker. Ehsanul Haque Babu is the executive producer. Besides, Tuhin Tamizul worked as a cinematographer, Nabila Haque as a costume designer, Masum Mehdi as an art director, and Shaib Talukder as a sound designer. Films Boutique, a German-based company, has already signed a contract with the director-producer for the international distribution of 'Rehana Maryam Noor'. Read Free Online Movies: Best Netflix Alternatives for Streaming Movies in 2021 Badhon in the title role of Rehana Maryam Noor Ajmery Haque Badhon, the runner-up of 'Lux Channel I Superstar 2006', played the lead role in Rehana Maryam Noor. More regularly on the small screen, the actress has starred in only one movie titled Nijhum Oranye (2010). Badhon started working on Rehana Maryam Noor movie taking a one-and-a-half year break from the media. She thinks that working in this movie was the best decision of her career. Bandhan and all the crew are being congratulated for this outstanding achievement. Apart from Bandhan, the other people who have acted in this 1 hour and 48 minutes movie are- Saberi Alam, Afia Zahin Jaima, Afia Tabassum Varna, Kazi Sami Hasan, Yasir Al Haq, Jopari Louis, Farzana Bithi, Jahed Chowdhury Mithu, Khushiyara Khushboo Oni, Avradit Chowdhury Etc. Read Best Bengali Thriller Movies in 2021 ‘Un Certain Regard’ of Cannes Among the four categories in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the next category to Competition is ‘Un Certain Regard’. This is considered to be the most important category after the Competition section. Unique and different films about the culture of different countries are mainly included in this category. The department was launched in 1978 to bring talented and promising young filmmakers from around the world to the limelight. Un Certain Regard is a French word means 'from another point of view'. The festival is held annually at the Palais De Festival center in the coastal city of Cannes in southern France. In the hall of this building, there is an exhibition of films of the Un Certain Regard section in the Debussy Auditorium. This year, 18 films from 15 countries including Bangladesh have been selected in the category. On the last day of the festival, July 17, Judges President Spike Lee will announce the name of the Golden Palm winner. Read Bengali OTT Platforms for Watching Movies, Web Series, Musical Shows A big step in making world-class films Earlier, the late producer Tareque Masud’s film 'Matir Moyna' was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. It was selected in 2002 at the 55th Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight of Parallel section. It also won the Fipresci Award for Best Film. In 2021, Bangladesh went one big step further through the inclusion of Rehana Maryam Noor under the Un Certain Regard Division. This achievement will now be attached to the poster of the movie and will carry the value of Bangladesh in every exhibition. All in all, this will prove that world-class filmmaking is now possible in Bangladesh as well. In the past, however, some Bengali films and directors have proudly uplifted Bengali films in some prestigious places, including Cannes. But after the birth of Bangladesh, if Bengali movies made by Bangladeshi producers are named, there will be none but Tareque Masud's 'Matir Moyna' and Abdullah Mohammad Saad's 'Rehana Maryam Noor'. Read Best Iranian Movies 2021 to Watch during Ramadan Fasting Verdict Rehana Maryam Noor, produced by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, is a film centering on a contemporary situation in Bangladesh. Besides focusing on some complex issues of our society, this film conveys a message of salvation. The prestigious position at the 74th Cannes Film Festival is encouraging the filmmakers to address the problems of society through quality films.
First Bangladeshi film in Cannes' Un Certain Regard: After Matir Moyna, 'Rehana Maryam Noor' makes history
The 74th Cannes Film Festival has officially announced its selection of young Bangladeshi director Abdullah Mohammad Saad's 'Rehana Maryam Noor', as one of the 18 films to be featured in its prestigious 'Un Certain Regard' section this year. Following Thursday's (June 03, 2021) announcement, 'Rehana Maryam Noor' is set to become just the second Bangladeshi film to be showcased in a competitive section of the storied festival, arguably the most prestigious and celebrated film showcase in the world. It is of course the first from Bangladesh to be chosen for Un Certain Regard, which translates to 'From Another Angle' in French, and features films that stand out for their unusual styles and often non-traditional storytelling. Read Top 10 English Comedy Movies released in 2021 Previously, late Tareque Masud-directed Matir Moina (2002) was the first Bangladeshi entry to be screened in competition at the festival, coming away with a prestigious FIPRESCI award. The second directorial venture by talented filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad, 'Rehana Maryam Noor's storyline narrates the tale of the eponymous private medical college teacher who becomes the witness to an unexpected incident while leaving the college one day. Being awestruck with the incident, Noor starts to protest against the incident and the system, as the story moves forward. The ensemble cast of the film features prominent actors including Saberi Alam, Azmeri Haque Badhon, Afia Zahin, Kazi Sami Hasan, Afia Tabassum, Yasir Al Haque and more, in the major roles. Also read: Antonio Banderas grateful for a later-in-life Cannes award Apart from being the director, Saad also wrote the screenplay. His maiden directorial venture was the much-acclaimed film 'Live From Dhaka' (2016). On this historic and prestigious inclusion in one of the major segments of the festival, popular television director Ashfaque Nipun congratulated the film and its associates on social media, writing - "What a great day for Bangladeshi Cinema and Bangladesh! Filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad's 2nd feature film 'Rehana Maryam Noor’ has been officially selected in Cannes Film Festival's "Un Certain Regard" competition! This is the first time any Bangladeshi Film has been nominated in one of the two most significant and important competitions at the "Cannes Film Festival"! A huge huge shout out to Saad and Team 'Rehana Maryam Noor’! You guys have made us proud." Also read: With Brad and Leo, Tarantino debuts a fairy tale in Cannes Official website of Cannes stated that on Thursday, noted French journalist Pierre Lescure and Cannes and Lumiere Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux presented the Official Selection of the 74th Festival de Cannes at the UGC Normandie in Paris. This year's festival is scheduled to take place from July 6 to 17 in Cannes, France. Alongside Un Certain Regard, other segments of this year's festival are 'In Competition', 'Out of Competition', 'Midnight Screenings', 'Cannes Premiere' and 'Special Screenings'. Read Best Bengali Thriller Movies in 2021