'We are hoping that everything will go well at the censor board and our audiences will get to see the film on the big screen next month'
Director Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s second feature “Rehana Maryam Noor” was selected for the 74th Cannes Film Festival as the first Bangladeshi and the only South Asian film at this year’s “Un Certain Regard” section.
The film was finally submitted to the Bangladesh Film Censor Board on September 12.
Producer Ehsanul Haque Babu told the media, “We have been preparing for the censor board since August. But we got a bit delayed and could not prepare the necessary documentations in due time. Finally, we submitted the film last Sunday, on September 12.”
“We are eyeing a late October release. Hopefully, everything will go well at the censor board and our audiences will get to see the film on the big screen next month.”
He added, “Audiences will see the exact version screened at the Cannes. We did not add or delete any scenes.”
Earlier, the film was selected at the Debate section of the 2021 BFI London Film Festival. Lead actor, Azmeri Haque Badhon broke the news on her Instagram handle. The 65th BFI London Film Festival will take place in person and online across the United Kingdom from October 6 to October 17.
After Cannes, “Rehana Maryam Noor” was invited to Melbourne, Busan and London Film Festival.
The film’s premise revolves around a private medical college teacher, Rehana, who singe-handedly wages a fight for justice on behalf of her 6-year-old daughter and one of her college students.
“Rehana Maryam Noor” boasts an ensemble cast of Azmeri Haque Badhon, Afia Hahin Jaima, Afia tabassum Borno, Kazi Sami Hossain, Yasir Al Haq, Saberi Alam, Abrodit Chowhdury and others.
Rajib Mohajan, Sydul Haque Khandaker, Adnan Habib co-produced the film. Cinematographer Tuhin Tamijul shot the film. Ali Afjal Uzzal and Sayba Talukder completed the production design and the sound design, respectively.
The first trailer for “Rehana Maryam Noor” was unveiled on July 2