Films Boutique, a Berlin-based sales agent, has bought the global rights to represent Bangladeshi filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad's film "Rehana Maryam Noor".
The film is written and directed by Bangladesh's Abdullah Mohammad Saad and produced by Jeremy Chua of Singapore's Potocol, in association with Bangladesh's Metro Video, reports Variety.
Saad's 'Rehana Maryam Noor' is the first Bangladeshi film to be selected and screened under the 'Un Certain Regard' section at the 74th edition of the festival.
The film follows 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.
The last film from Bangladesh that took part at Cannes was the late director Tareque Masud's "Matir Moyna" (The Clay Bird) in 2002, and won the FIPRESCI award.
"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.