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Two Films in East, West Festivals

Two Films in East, West Festivals Two Films in East, West Festivals

'The House in Fog', a film by Iranian director Mokhtar Namdar, will compete at the Canadian international documentary film festival.

Considered as one of the emerging filmmakers of Iranian documentaries, Mokhtar Namdar’s works have been repeatedly screened in numerous national and international film festivals. It is Namdar’s latest documentary that tactfully embraces the loneliness of a woman with images that are closer to painting than photography.

The movie will be showcased at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto from April 23 till May 3, MNA reported.

The film recounts the story of a woman, named Sorayya, who lives a life of solitude in a 100-year-old mansion in an idyllic hilly landscape where she seems to miss no one, and her daily chores make her life meaningful. The house is the only reason she tolerates all the hardships of living alone in wild nature. But as huge as the mansion is for its single inhabitant, it may be "just fit for the secrets and ghosts of her past that follow her."

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market held annually.

Each year, the festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

  'Story of a Rainy Night'

Iranian short film 'Story of a Rainy Night', directed by Mehdi Fard-Qaderi, is to compete in Alpavirama South Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival in India.

The flick has taken part in the competition sections of four US film festivals winning prizes at two of the events. It won the Best Short Film at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema in February and Best of Fest awards at Colony Film Festival in March.

Produced by the Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS), the 24-minute film has an experimental framework and narrates the story of an old man's birthday that is affected by the arrival of his family.

Fard-Qaderi has directed short films including 'Shadow of Fog', 'Life of Sun', 'Gramophone' and 'Reverse Circles'. His films have so far featured in over 45 international and national festivals and won 15 awards.