'Rehana Maryam Noor' to 'Memoria': Asian movies at the Cannes Film Festival 2021

Written By: Pragati Awasthi | Updated: Jul 09, 2021, 07:27 PM IST

As Cannes Film Festival 2021 underway , here's a look at the Asian movies to look out for at the festival. 

'Drive My Car' by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan

An ageing, widowed actor looking for a chauffeur ends up hiring a 20-year-old woman. Things go wrong between them at first, but then a special relationship emerges. 


'Memoria' by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

Tilda Swinton stars as a Scottish horticulturist in the Thai director's first film since 'Cemetery of Splendour,' and 11 years after he won the Palme d'Or for the dreamlike 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives'.

Shot in Colombia, 'Memoria' explores the relationship of Swinton's character with a French archaeologist and a musician as she tries to understand sudden strange sounds in the night.


A still from 'Rehana Maryam Noor'

A moment of pride for Bangladesh. For the first time in history, a film from the country has been selected in the 'Un Certain Regard' section at this year's Cannes Film Festival. 

Directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, the film 'Rehana Maryam Noor' received a standing ovation at the film festival where it was screened for the first time.


'A Hero' by Asghar Farhadi

The new film shot in Iran and in the Farsi language by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, known for 'The Salesman', which won best Cannes screenplay in 2012, and 'A Separation' -- both of which also won Oscars.


In Front of Your Face

The movie tells a tale of a middle-aged woman who visits her sister in a high-rise apartment in Seoul. While there she tries to keep her secrets to herself, wanders around the city’s back alleys and accepts an offer to meet a film director. 


'Invisible Demons' by Rahul Jain, India

Filmmaker Rahul Jain's film 'Invisible Demons' will be screened at Cannes Film Festival in a newly-introduced standalone section - Cinema for the Climate. The movie is all about the personal experiences of people living in Delhi's polluted air. 


I Am So Sorry

The Chinese film is director Zhao Liang’s prediction on the usage of nuclear energy. Through the director's lens, the movie conceived as an essay-poem, questions the choice of nuclear energy, and sounds like a prophecy, a warning. The camera captures the things we don't want to believe in. 


Gaey Wa’r

Set in the early, 2000s, the Chinese film follows the challenging journey of its protagonist, Dongzi, as he takes up the job of a henchman to a debt collector, to pay off his father’s medical bills.  


'A Night of Knowing Nothing' by Payal Kapadia, India

Director Payal Kapadia‘s 'A Night Of Knowing Nothing' will be screened at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The movie follows the story of a university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover, while he is away. Through these letters, we get a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her. 


Emergency Declaration

South Korean film 'Emergency Declaration' is based on a real aviation disaster in which an aeroplane declared a high alert and demanded unconditional landing.