3 Iranian films to be screened at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Monday, November 2, 2020

3 Iranian films to be screened at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2020 will host three Iranian films. It will be held November 3-22, 2020, during which 53 films from 16 Asian countries in 11 sections will be screened and Iran’s cinema will have three representatives at the event.

"Slaughterhouse" directed by Abbas Amini, “There Is No Evil” by Mohammad Rasoulof and “Bandar Band” by Manijeh Hekmat are Iran’s representatives at the event.


18 Iranian films to be screened at Asia Film Festival Barcelona

The Asia Film Festival Barcelona 2020 will host 18 Iranian films.

The 18 Iranian films are including “A Man Without a Shadow” directed by Alireza Raisian, “African Violet” by Mona Zandi Haqiqi, “Castle of Dreams” by Reza Mirkarimi, “Dance With Me” by Soroush Sehat, “Diapason” by Hamed Tehrani, “The Oath” by Mohsen Tanabandeh, “Gholamreza Takhti” by Bahram Tavakoli, “Labyrinth” by Amir Hossein Torabi, “Life Among War Flags” by Mohsen Eslamzadeh, “My Second Year in College” by Rasoul Sadrameli, “Old Men Never Die” by Alireza Raisian, “Repression” by Reza Gouran, “Sly” by Kamal Tabrizi, “That Night’s Train” by Hamidreza Ghotbi, “The Charcoal” by Esmaeel Monsef, “Tsunami” by Milad Sadrameli, “We Are All Together” by Kamal Tabrizi and “Zero Floor” by Ebrahim Ebrahimian.

The new edition of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona will be held From the 28th of October to the 8th of November. It will have an extensive programme of cinema, meetings, conferences and seminars with the intention of contributing to the knowledge of cinematographies which are not usually present in the commercial circuits.

As with the preceding editions, the event will include around 100 feature films proceeding from a vast territorial extension that goes from Central Asia to South-East Asia and from there to the Asia – Pacific region. The festival will host films from more than twenty-five countries, from Iran and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and the Asia – Pacific with Australia and New Zealand. More than a hundred films that will be presented this year have been produced between 2018 and 2020 and will be distributed over the following sections: Official, Official Panorama, Discoveries, NETPAC and Special, all of which fall under competition.




“Slaughterhouse” to vie at Int’l Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg

Iranian film “Slaughterhouse” directed by Abbas Amini will compete at the 69th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH). It will take place between November 12 and November 22, 2020.

The festival will be split into a cinema week (Nov. 12-18, 2020) and the online extension IFFMH EXPANDED (Nov. 19-22, 2020) due to the restrictions as a result of the pandemic spread of COVID-19.

The synopsis of “Slaughterhouse” reads: "Amir is recently deported from France. Unemployed and idle, he is obliged to stay at his father’s house. For the sake of his father, he gets involved in a horrifying crime which consequently leads him towards the foreign currencies black market. But he knows that the mystery should be unfolded in the last act…"



Iranian representatives awarded at Busan Film Festival

Three representatives of Iranian cinema were awarded at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

BIFF, the most prestigious Asian cinema event, which had been postponed due to the global spread of COVID-19, was finally held in the South Korean city of Busan on Oct 21-30 observing protective protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Drowning in holy water”, a joint product of Iran and Afghanistan, and “slaughterhouse”, directed by Abbas Amini, which competed in “A Window on Asian Cinema” section, were announced the recipients of this year's Kim Ji-seok Award.

“Drowning in holy water” tells the story of several young Afghan immigrants who intend to go to Europe while “slaughterhouse” is a different account of the social problems in Iran.

Iran’s Mina Keshavarz also won the BIFF Mecenat 8,500 dollars prize for her “The Art of Living in Danger” which was selected as the best documentary of the event.



“180º Rule” wins Meeting Point award at Valladolid festival

Iranian director Farnush Samadi’s drama “180º Rule” won the award for best feature film in the Meeting Point section of the 65th Valladolid International Film Festival – Seminci in Spain, the organizers announced.

Argentine filmmaker and writer Enrique Gabriel, Romanian producer Razvan Lazarovici and Spanish producer Paco Poch were the members of the jury for Meeting Point, which is the festival’s alternative competition for feature films and shorts.

“180º Rule” tells the story of Sara, a school teacher whom her students love and who is married to Hamed. As her family gets ready to attend a wedding in northern Iran, an unforeseen obligation falls on Hamed and derails their plans. When Sara’s husband suddenly forbids her to attend the event without him, she makes a decision that sets her on the painful path of atonement.

Samadi adds one more Seminci award to her record, as she is the only filmmaker to have won two consecutive Seminci Golden Spikes: in 2016, for “The Silence” and in the following year, this time for “Gaze”.

“Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time” by Hungarian filmmaker Lili Horvát received the Golden Spike for best film at the festival this year

Horvát also was picked as best director by winning the Pilar Miró award, and the film’s star Natasa Stork was named best actress.

The Meeting Point award for best international short film went to “Omelia Contadina” by JR and Alice Rohrwacher from Italy. The award for best Spanish short in this category was also presented to “Stanbrook” by Oscar Bernacer.




IIDCYA animations competing in Italian festival

Three Iranian animations produced by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults are competing in the Corti a Ponte Short Film Festival, which is currently underway in Italy.

“Am I a Wolf?”, “The Cycling Wind” and “The Fisherman and the Spring” have been selected to be screened in the official competition.

“Am I a Wolf?” by Amir-Hushang Moin is about a group of students who are performing a play called “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats” in which everybody has a role.

The students are totally taken in by their roles in a way that the boundary between reality and acting can hardly be distinguished. Meanwhile, the child who is acting as the wolf and is doomed to be defeated feels lonely and irritated. He takes his role too seriously, and there is a bit of chaos. At the end, the presence of the other children and his friends near him take him out of this atmosphere.

The movie has received awards in several Iranian and international events, including the award for best film at the 8th Canlandiranlar Film Festival in Turkey, the Grand Prix at the 12th Paris International Animation Film Festival and the Light of Asia Grand Prize at the 15th Indie-AniFest Korea Independent Animation Film Festival in September 2019.

The film also won the Golden Dove for best animated film at the 62nd DOK Leipzig in Germany in November 2019 and a prize worth 1 million yen at the 18th Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in August 2020.

“The Cycling Wind” by Nazanin Sobhan Sarbandi tells the story of a young wind that comes into possession of a bike, which helps the wind to blow even faster without expending much energy and to truly enjoy its time.

“The Fisherman and the Spring” by Seyyed Hassan Soltani is about a fisherman who is waiting for the spring to arrive. His waiting is over now and he tries to find out why spring is late. However, he cannot find an answer until he sees a beautiful blossom.

The Corti a Ponte festival has been divided into two sections, the first of which ran in May and the second began on October 31 and will be running until November 6.

“The Truth of My Life” produced at Iran’s Sahar and Salman Art Workshop competed in the first section of the festival and received the 11-13 Senior Jury Special Mention.



Iranian cartoonist wins int'l awards in Turkey, Cyprus

Rastroo, 22, won Special Jury Prize at Kartal Municipality International COVID-19 Cartoon Contest in Turkey.

In Cyprus, the Iranian young artist achieved Grand Prize at free section in the 9th International Cartoon Contest 2020.

He also could gain 1,500 Euro, Golden Olive Statue and Diploma from the Cyprus contests.

Born in Yasuj, western Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad, Rastroo has been a student of painting at Yazd University, central Iran.

Various awards and prizes from Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria are at Rastroo's record.