Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique will represent worldwide rights for Cannes Un Certain regard selection ‘Rehana.’
The film, originally titled ‘Rehana Maryam Noor,’ is written and directed by Bangladeshi director Abdullah Mohammad Saad and produced by Jeremy Chua of Singapore’s Potocol, in association with Bangladesh’s Metro Video, reports Variety.com.Saad’s debut feature ‘Live from Dhaka’ won best director and best actor at the Singapore Int’l Film Festival in 2016, and went on to screen at other festivals including Rotterdam and Locarno.
The story of film ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ is about Rehana, an assistant professor at a medical college, who struggles to keep the harmony between work and family, as she has to play all the complex roles of a teacher, doctor, sister, daughter, and mother. One evening, she witnesses a student storming out of a professor’s office, crying. Deeply impacted by this event, Rehana’s life starts to spiral out of control. She gradually descends into obsession, seeking retribution, just as she receives a complaint from the school about her six-year-old daughter’s unusual behavior.
‘Rehana’ is co-produced by Sensemakers (Bangladesh) and associate produced by Girelle Production (France). Rajib Mohajan, Saydul Khandaker Shabuj and Adnan Habib serve as co-producers, Ehsanul Haque Babu as executive producer and Johann Chapelan as associate producer.
The last film from Bangladesh at Cannes was the late Tareque Masud’s Director’s Fortnight title ‘The Clay Bird’ in 2002, which won the FIPRESCI award.