Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ has been nominated for screening at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival in the New Talent Award section. Actress of the film Azmeri Haque Badhon shared the news on her social media handle.
The film will be screened in November at the festival in two slots, the first will take place at Palace IFC on November 6 and the second at Broadway Cinematheque on November 13 in Hong Kong.
The film became the first Bangladeshi feature to be selected for Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.
Director Abdullah Mohammad Saad pulls no punches in this harrowing portrait of a woman seeking justice, no matter the cost. Medical school professor Rehana Maryam Noor is a rigid taskmaster who hears a student being assaulted by a senior professor in a neighboring office. Unable to get the student to come forward with her experience, Rehana finds her righteous resolve spiralling into obsession, and she ultimately goes to extremes by telling the tallest of tales to ensure justice is done.
Claustrophobic with its bluish hues and immersive in its camerawork, Saad concocts a discomfiting cinematic powder keg that explores the enraging abuse perpetrated by sexist men, and also how the single-minded pursuit of justice can lead us into darkness: shared by the official website of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.