Rehana Maryam Noor
2021, the year a stricken film industry rose like the phoenix
After suffering the wrath of the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 for the majority of the past two years, the film industry in Bangladesh finally made its long-awaited glorious comeback this year with a handful of quality films and queues for tickets outside the cinema halls. The “almost dying industry,” according to many tired and retired moviegoers and industry-experts, observed the return of the cinephiles at the multiplexes and cinema halls across the country, celebrating a few major releases - which set the year on a restarting mode, seeking an even better future. According to the data collected from the producers, distributors and cinema hall authorities across the country, there are less than 60 active cinema halls currently showcasing films in Bangladesh. The number is astonishingly poor, considering the fact that Bangladesh had approximately 250 active cinema halls before the pandemic, and more than a thousand running halls back in the 90’s. It is an undeniable fact that the cinema industry around the world suffered the havoc of the pandemic; however, the situation in Bangladesh had been worsening for such a long time even before the pandemic. The industry drastically drowned during the pandemic lockdown without the presence of in-house audiences, the bloodstream in the vessels of the entertainment industry through the cinema halls. That being said, there was a lack of quality content over the years which did not thrive the moviegoers to the theatres, and thankfully that situation got slightly improved this year with the arrival of a good number of quality movies. Read: Rickshaw Girl: A Movie by Amitabh Reza won Award in International Film Festival Undoubtedly, the trailblazing film for this year has been the much talked about and several accolades conquering film ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’. The second directorial venture of talented filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad earned the glory of becoming the first Bangladeshi film showcased in the prestigious Un Certain Regard category at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival this year. After being screened at the Sal Dubusi Theater in the Cane Pale Do Festival building on July 7, the film finally hit the silver screens across the country on November 12, and till now the Azmeri Haque Badhon starrer film is enthralling the local and international cinephiles and bagging awards all over the world, namely the "Best Actress" award for Badhon at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for her stellar performance, while director Saad received the “Jury Grand Prize”. The film has also bagged the "New Talent Award" at the HongKong Asian Film Festival 2021, “Best Actress” award for Badhon at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2021 and more, while also being nominated for the official nomination from Bangladesh for the Oscar 2022. Another film which has similarly created the buzz around the world was young filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's maiden film 'Nonajoler Kabbo’ (The Salt in our Waters), released for the moviegoers in Bangladesh on November 26. Regarding the film's unique and heart-warming promotional activities, Sumit told UNB: "We have successfully organised 3 screening sessions on November 23 and 24, as part of our coastal screening in Patuakhali, honouring the fact that the film is made on the life of our coastal fishing community - so they were the first ones to watch it in the country, as per my commitment to the community. The area which we used for the shooting, a remote fishing community in Patuakhali, has lost its existence due to river erosion. They were as emotional to see the land and story of their lives unfold on the silver screen, and it was emotional for me as well, also because of my 7 years long journey behind this dream project.”
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival: 'Rehana Maryam Noor' bags New Talent Award
Abdullah Mohammad Saad's film "Rehana Maryam Noor" added another feather to its cap – "New Talent Award" at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2021 – Monday. The festival jury board officially announced the movie as the winner of this special on its social media channels. Other movies that competed in this category were "Ballad of a White Cow (Iran)," "Costa Brava (Lebanon)," "Kim Min-young of the Report Card (South Korea)," "Increasing Echo (Taiwan)," "Shankar's Fairies (India)" and "White Building (Cambodia)." Also read: 'Rehana Maryam Noor' hits theatres "'Rehana Mariyam Noor' creates a vividly claustrophobic and oppressive environment in which an individual is pushed to the edge of her sanity. Driven by dynamic handheld camerawork, the cinematography plunges the viewer into the protagonist's difficult situation," the festival's jury board said. "Azmeri Haque Badhon's superb performance evokes her character's heightened, intense emotional state, as she obsesses over her fight for her idea of justice." Recently Saad, director of the film, won the Jury Grand Prize at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Badhon received the award for the best actress. The film was released last Friday in Bangladesh and is now successfully running across the country. Nominated as the first Bangladeshi film to be screened in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the film received a standing ovation at its premiere. Also read: 'Rehana Maryam Noor': Badhan, Saad win accolades at Asia Pacific Screen Awards After Cannes, "Rehana Maryam Noor" was invited to Melbourne, Busan and London Film Festivals. The film has been officially nominated for the upcoming Oscars 2022 as the official movie of Bangladesh.
'Rehana Maryam Noor' hits theatres
After conquering several accolades worldwide, acclaimed filmmaker's Abdullah Mohammad Saad much-anticipated film ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ was released in 12 theatres across Bangladesh on Friday. Azmeri Haque Badhan, who plays the title character of the film, greeted the audience at Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City, in the capital, according to the organisers. Talking to UNB, Ehsanul Haque Babu, the executive producer of the film, said, “We have been receiving great feedback and reviews from home and abroad for our film, but we are really looking forward to seeing the reactions of our home audience. As always, we are still pursuing a slow-moving policy. We want to go to other districts next week, depending on the interest of our home audience." Marking the release, the team of ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ briefed the journos, along with director Saad, for the first time on Thursday evening at the Bangladesh Film Archive in the capital. READ: 'Rehana Maryam Noor': Badhan, Saad win accolades at Asia Pacific Screen Awards Expressing his gratitude to his team members, Saad said, "I am truly lucky to have such a team, every member of my team has given their best, and as a result, our film has come to this stage. I am grateful that these people believed in me, and we are looking forward to the reactions of our audience.” “Rehana’s stubbornness seeking justice, frustration with the society and struggles as a widowed working mother is easily relatable, as it’s a common scenario in our society and I personally have had similar experiences, but the visionary of the character was Saad who crafted the role and extensively guided me through the process,” Badhan said. A special press screening of the film was arranged at the SKS Tower branch of Star Cineplex, Mohakhali, in the capital on Wednesday night. "We wanted our press to watch the film before the theatrical release because your opinion is important and valuable for us,” Saad said at the event. The film follows the everyday life of Dr Rehana Maryam Noor, a 37-year-old assistant professor at a medical college in Dhaka. Badhan won the 'Best Actress Award' at the 14th Asia-Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) on Thursday for her stellar performance, while director Saad received the 'Jury Grand Prize'. It was nominated as the first Bangladeshi film to be screened in the 'Un Certain Regard' section of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, earning a standing ovation at its premiere. After Cannes, 'Rehana Maryam Noor' was invited to Melbourne, Busan and London film festivals. It has received an uncut certificate from the Censor Board of Bangladesh and has been officially nominated for the Oscars 2022 as the official movie of the country. READ: Rehana Maryam Noor is one of the most powerful films from South Asia: Anurag Kashyap Produced by Jeremy Chua under the banner of Metro Video and co-produced by Sensemakers Productions, ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ was internationally distributed by Germany's Films Boutique. Alongside Badhan, the cast of the film includes Saberi Alam, Afia Zahin, Kazi Sami Hasan, Afia Tabassum and Yasir Al Haque
Badhon's performance in RMN gets Best Actress nomination at 14th APSA
‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ famed popular actress Azmeri Haque Badhon has been nominated for the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in the "Best Actress" category. The official website announced the nominations for the upcoming edition of the award on Wednesday featuring Badhon for the particular category, who got the nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in Abdullah Mohammad Saad's second directorial venture "Rehana Maryam Noor." Badhon will compete against Alena YIV for "Asia," Valentina Romanova Chyskyyray for “Scarecrow,” Leah Purcell for "The Drover's Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson," and Essie Davis for "The Justice of Bunny King," have all been nominated for "Best actress." Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, and, for the first time, Vietnam, are among the 25 Asia Pacific countries that got nominations in the 14th edition of APSA. Read: Azmeri Haque Badhon: Starring the Title Role of 'Rehana Maryam Noor' Film Premiered in 74th Cannes The winners of each category will be announced at the 14th ASPA Ceremony on Lakeside Room, HOTA Home of the Arts, Surfers Paradise in Australia's Gold Coast on November 11th which will be broadcast live throughout the world. APSA website mentioned the accolades of Badhon on its ‘Nomination Detail’ section, which said, “Azmeri Haque Badhon is a well-known model and television actress in Bangladesh whose career took off after winning the runner-up prize in a popular beauty pageant (Lux-Channel i Superstar 2006). Rehana Maryam Noor is her first major role in a feature film that went on to become the first Bangladeshi film ever to be selected in an Official Competition at Cannes.” “Formally trained in dental surgery, Badhon is a single mother, living in Dhaka with her 10-year old daughter. She is an advisor to a non-profit organization that works for youth and has been a consistent vocal about women’s empowerment, gender equality and mental illness,” it added. Read: ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ Review: The Bangladeshi movie screened in 74th Cannes Film Festival The first Bangladeshi film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section, ‘Rehana Maryam Noor” has recently received uncut censorship from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board. Co-produced by Sensemakers Productions and produced by Jeremy Chua of the Singapore-based film firm Potocol under the umbrella of Metro Video, the film is expected to release in the last week of this month.
Three Bangladeshi films selected for Busan International Film Festival
For the first time ever, three Bangladeshi films - Abdullah Mohammad Saad's "Rehana Maryam Noor". Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's "No Land's Man", and Mohammad Rabby Mridha's "Paayer Tolay Mati Nai", have been selected to be showcased at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2021. The selection of the film "Paayer Tolay Mati Nai" (No Ground Beneath The Feet) was confirmed on Wednesday, which will be screened on October 7, 8, and 13 in the “A Window on Asian Cinema” section of the festival. Read ‘Mission Extreme’ is set to release worldwide on December 3rd Scheduled to be run from October 8 to 15, this year’s festival has enlisted these films as part of its “A Window on Asian Cinema” section, where Farooki's upcoming movie "No Land's Man", has been nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award. “What stands out is the selection of 3 films from Bangladeshi cinema, which has been considered until now to be on the cinematic periphery,” the BIFF website highlighted Bangladesh’s history-making participation at this year’s festival. Produced by acclaimed director-producer Abu Shahed Emon, "Paayer Tolay Mati Nai" is presented by Box Office and Golpo Rajjo films, and the film is co-produced by Impress Telefilm Limited and Batayan Productions. Read Web Series "Boli": Chanchal Chowdhury Again in an Unprecedented Character Mir Mokarram Hossain is the executive producer of the film, alongside its co-producers Faridur Reza Sagar, Managing Director of Impress Telefilm, and Tahrima Khan, Batayan Productions. Starring Mostafa Monwar, Priyam Archi, and Dipannita Martin are in the lead roles among others, “Paayer Tolay Mati Nai” narrates the story of an ordinary man named Saiful, who has embraced his miseries while walking through various conflicts in his life with his two wives, family, work, morality, and sociality. Farooki’s “No Land’s Man” stars noted Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and popular Bangladeshi singer-actor Tahsan Rahman Khan in the lead roles, narrating the theme of social discrimination in terms of race, religion, and nationality. Read Networker Baire Review: Story of joy, tragedy, travel, and unexpected event The joint venture by the US company Dialectic and Bangladesh's Chabial, in association with India's Magic If Films, Bangladesh's Sun Music & Motion Pictures, and Bongo BD, “No Land’s Man” also has teamed up with the Oscar-BAFTA-Grammy-famed world-famous Indian composer A R Rahman for its music. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Anjan Chowdhury, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Shrihari Sathe, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, A R Rahman, and Faridur Reza Sagar are co-producing the film, which was the recipient of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards' Script Development fund in 2014. It was part of the Asian Project Market at Busan and was the Best Project at India's Film Bazaar that year. Bangladesh's maiden entry at the prestigious “Un Certain Regard” section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, 'Rehana Maryam Noor' is scripted, edited, and directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad as his second directorial venture. The film was also showcased at the Melbourne International Film Festival and is now scheduled for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. Read Holey Artisan Victim Faraaz's Heroism is Now on the Silver Screen The story of this 1 hour and 48 minutes long film revolves around Rehana Maryam Noor, an assistant professor at a private medical college, played by popular actress Azmeri Haque Badhan. For the past 26 years, the Busan International Film Festival has been organized in South Korea every year, featuring films from aspiring young Asian and global filmmakers. The festival was held online last year for the first time, due to the ongoing global pandemic of Covid-19. Organized by Busan City and the Korean Film Council, in collaboration with the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the festival has earned its global recognition as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Read Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana to make Bollywood debut soon?
Rehana Maryam Noor is one of the most powerful films from South Asia: Anurag Kashyap
Renowned Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap praised the much-talked-about Bangladeshi film 'Rehana Maryam Noor' in the first show at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, after watching the film at its premiere. In a recent chat with the film's producer Jeremy Chua and actress Azmeri Haque Badhon, the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’-famed popular filmmaker said, “‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ is one of the most powerful films that came out from our part of Asia. It's been completely supreme and I saw the film.” Read Azmeri Haque Badhon: Starring the Title Role of 'Rehana Maryam Noor' Film Premiered in 74th Cannes “What a wonderful job altogether - the acting, dialogues, the way the film was shot, the writing, the lighting design, music, direction - everything is great. My congratulations to Bangladesh for its entry to Cannes, the actress (Badhon), the producer, the director and everyone associated with the film,” Kashyap said. Badhon posted some parts of Anurag Kashyap's chat with the 'Rehana Maryam Noor' team on her social media handles, including the 20-25 minute chat where 'Rehana Maryam Noor' producer Jeremy Chua and executive producer Ehsanul Haque Babu were present, alongside Kashyap and herself. Also read: Rehana Maryam Noor screened at Cannes amid standing ovation Anurag Kashyap is a recipient of four Filmfare awards and widely regarded for some of his critical and commercial success in Bollywood including "No Smoking," "Gangs of Wasseypur," "Dev.D", "Black Friday" and others. Bangladesh's maiden entry in the official selection at the Cannes film festival, 'Rehana Maryam Noor' is scripted, edited and directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad. The story of this 1 hour and 48 minutes long film revolves around Rehana Maryam Noor, an assistant professor at a private medical college, played by Badhon. Read: ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ Review: The Bangladeshi movie screened in 74th Cannes Film Festival Other cast members are Saberi Alam, Afia Zahin Zaima, Afia Tabassum Varna, Kazi Sami Hasan, Yasir Al Haq, Jopari Louis, Farzana Bithi, Jahed Chowdhury Mithu, Khushiyara Khushbu Oni and Abhradit Chowdhury.
Azmeri Haque Badhon: Starring the Title Role of 'Rehana Maryam Noor' Film Premiered in 74th Cannes
Azmeri Haque Badhon is a popular actress on the TV screen in Bangladesh. The actress came into the limelight as a runner-up in the Lux Channel I Superstar competition in 2006. Since then, she has worked in numerous television dramas as well as two movies. Recently she played the title role in the film 'Rehana Maryam Noor' and was praised at the Cannes Film Festival 2021. Today we will get to know some unknown facts about Badhon and her role in 'Rehana Maryam Noor.' Badhon's Early Life, Family, and Education Badhon was born on October 28, 1983, in Bikrampur Munshiganj. However, she grew up in different parts of Bangladesh as her father was a government job holder, and he used to move to different locations due to transfer. Therefore, Badhon has studied in multiple schools in her childhood. However, during childhood she lived in Rajbari for three years. Other than that, she stayed in Dhaka most of the time after she became Lux Channel I Superstar. Later she studied in Bangladesh Medical College and completed BDS, and became a dentist in 2009. However, Badhon was more focused on the media and television industry.
‘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.
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.