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Iranian Documentary in Budapest

Iranian Documentary in BudapestIranian Documentary in Budapest

Following its international screening, the documentary ‘Trucker and the Fox’ directed by Arash Lahooti has entered the competition section of the Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF).

This film is the only one from Iran and will screen among 50 other documentary films from around the world, cinemapress reported.

BIDF is an international competition and platform in Hungary for creative documentaries from all over the world without thematic restriction. The first edition takes place September 24-28 at Corvin Cinema, Budapest.


The story centers on a truck driver newly released from a psychiatric hospital after a bout of severe depression brought about by the death of his pet fox. The man, Mahmood Kiyani Falavarjani, returns to his family, work, and favorite hobby - filmmaking. Having previously won awards for his short films starring his beloved, lamented fox, he sets out to film his most ambitious project yet: a love story between two donkeys. Arash Lahooti’s sympathetic documentary captures Mahmood’s fascinating life as a family man, eccentric animal lover, and artist.

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A production of Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), the movie was the winner of the Gold Hugo for best documentary at Chicago International Film Festival, 2013.

The 78-minute film has participated in various festivals across the globe. Its world premier was at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in 2013. It has since taken part in Lussas Documentary Film Festival, held in the French city of Lussas, 2013, the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival, Florida, the US, the 53rd Krakow Film Festival in Poland, Cannes Film Market in France, and the Russian Film Festival.

The 2013 documentary will also be screened at some other upcoming festivals. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula Montana, the US in 2015 will display the movie. The film will also be shown at the 44th edition of Visions du Reel 2015, Nyon, Switzerland.