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'Rehana Maryam Noor' bags New Talent Award at HKAFF

Published : 16 Nov 2021 10:08 PM | Updated : 17 Nov 2021 12:50 PM

Director Abdullah Mohammad Saad's film titled ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ added another feather to its cap – "New Talent Award" at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) 2021 on 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), and ‘Increasing Echo’ (Taiwan), Shankar’s Fairies (India)’ and ‘White Building’ (Cambodia).

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"'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.

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.    -UNB

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