'Rehana Maryam Noor,' a film directed by Bangladeshi director Abdullah Mohammad Saad, premiered in the prestigious 'Un Certain Regard' section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

The screening took held at the Sal Dubusi Theater in the Cane Pale Do Festival building at 3:15 p.m. Bangladeshi time.

The audience applauded and the film 'Rehana Maryam Noor' receives 'standing ovation' at Cannes .

The festival's screening on Wednesday featured director Abdullah Mohammad Saad, actress Azmeri Haque Badhan, Singaporean producer Jeremy Chua, cinematographer Tuhin Tamizul, production designer Ali Afzal Ujjal, sound engineer Shaib Talukder, colorist Chinmoy Roy, and executive producer Ehsanul Babu.

Rehana Maryam Noor, the second Bangladeshi film to be shown in a competitive part of probably the world's most famous and celebrated film festival, has sparked interest among moviegoers and critics worldwide.

According to local media, a big number of people were seen outside the festival location, eager to enter the screening.

There will be a total of three screenings of the movie at the festival. Both of the screenings will take place tomorrow, July 8 at 12:30 pm and 2 pm (Bangladeshi time) at the festival.

It is of course the first from Bangladesh to be chosen for Un Certain Regard, which translates to 'From Another Angle' in French, and features films that stand out for their unusual styles and often non-traditional storytelling.

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Previously, late Tareque Masud-directed Matir Moina (2002) was the first Bangladeshi entry to be screened in competition at the festival, coming away with a prestigious FIPRESCI award.

The second directorial venture by talented filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad, 'Rehana Maryam Noor's storyline narrates the tale of the eponymous private medical college teacher who becomes the witness of an unexpected incident while leaving college one day. As the tale continues, Noor, who is amazed by the incident, begins to protest the incident and the system.

Saberi Alam, Azmeri Haque Badhan, Afia Zahin, Kazi Sami Hasan, Afia Tabassum, Yasir Al Haque, and others are among the important actors in the film's ensemble cast.

Other sections of this year's festival include 'In Competition,' 'Out of Competition,' 'Midnight Screenings,' 'Cannes Premiere,' and 'Special Screenings,' in addition to Un Certain Regard.

This year's event, which officially began yesterday as the first offline film festival during the pandemic era, will take place in Cannes, France, from July 6 to 17.

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