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Jalilvand’s Debut Feature in Venice

Jalilvand’s Debut Feature in VeniceJalilvand’s Debut Feature in Venice

Iran’s only representative at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, ‘Wednesday, May 9’ by Vahid Jalilvand will compete in the Horizon section of the event.

Beginning September 2, the festival offers 55 new feature films in three sections (In Competition, Out of Competition and Horizons), 16 new short films and 20 classics, Mehr News Agency reported.

In the 102-minute drama, Niki Karimi, Amir Aqaee and Shahrokh Forutanian are among the actors. It was premiered at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran and this is its first presence at an international event.

Jalilvand’s debut feature film is about a man Jalal who publishes an unusual advertisement in one of Tehran’s morning papers that he is donating $10,000 to a needy person. The news creates a ruckus and the police take charge of the situation by dispersing the crowd. However, two women do not give up. The movie follows the story of Jalal and the two women.

The film is a critique of society and a tribute to people’s compassion to human sufferings. In essence, the film is both a critique and a praise of the human being.

“I dedicate this film to the ordinary people of my country who see pain in the eyes of others and don’t rest in peace because of their suffering,” Jalilvand said.

The Venice Film Festival is known as the oldest cinematic event in world history. Along with Cannes and Berlin festivals, they form the most esteemed film festivals, and are reputed as the ‘Big Three’.

The festival aims to raise awareness and promote various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.

The Italian event will run through September 12.