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Aerial Epic Documentary on Iran at 34th FIFF

Aerial Epic Documentary on Iran at 34th FIFFAerial Epic Documentary on Iran at 34th FIFF

The improved digitalized version of the documentary ‘The Lovers’ Wind’ directed and produced by the late French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse will be screened for the first time at the 34th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) in April, in Tehran.

Lamorisse (1922-1970) made the memorable work about the landscape of Iran in 1970 but was killed in a helicopter crash while filming the documentary, during a helicopter-tour of Iran. His widow and son completed the film, based on his production notes, and released it eight years later in 1978.

Now after 38 years, a modified version of the film is to be shown with the help of the festival organizers and Iran’s National Cinematheque, said a press release from the festival committee.

‘The Lovers’ Wind’ is an aerial epic. Traversing vast, mainly rural, Iranian landscapes, the film is lyrically narrated by “the voice of the lovers’ wind”.

In Persian the title is translated into ‘Saba Wind’ coming from the northwest symbolizing the message of love.

Lamorisse decided to include a first person narrative from the perspective of the wind so that the narrator is positioned as a universal character, a myth that blurs the genres of travelogue and documentary.

As he and his crew graze over mountaintops, vast fields of grass, and ancient villages, the picture they show viewers is stunning.

The documentary was nominated for a posthumous Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held April 20-25 at Charsou Cinema Complex in downtown Tehran.