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Behnam behzadi’s Film in Cannes

Behnam Behzadi’s Film in CannesBehnam Behzadi’s Film in Cannes

The 2015 Iranian feature film ‘Inversion’ directed by Behnam Behzadi has been accepted in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The official selection list of some sections, released on April 14 shows that Iran cinema will be present in the event with one film; however there is a chance for more Iranian productions to be screened in the event as there is still room for a couple of movies to be added to the main competition sections and the lineup for other sections have not been announced yet, ISNA reported.

‘Inversion’ is about Niloofar, a 35-year-old girl in Tehran who after the air pollution reaches the maximum level in the city because of the inversion effect,must decide whether to leave with her ailing mother or stay behind with someone who loves her.

Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Setareh Pesyani, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh and Toufan Mehrdadian are the cast.

Behzadi, 44, is also the film’s scriptwriter and producer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking. He has made more than 20 films including features, shorts, TV movies and documentaries, some of which have won awards at international festivals. His previous film, ‘Bending the Rules’ won awards in Japan, France and Germany. He also teaches cinema at Tehran University of Art and has published many related articles.

Un Certain Regard is a section of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection. It is run parallel to the competition for the Palme d’Or.Every year, it presents a score of films with various types of visions and styles and seeks to recognize young talent and encourage innovative and daring works by presenting one of the films with a grant to help its distribution in France.

Last year, ‘Nahid’ by Ida Panahandeh from Iran won the Promising Future Prize of the section.

Woody Allen’s latest film ‘Café Society’ will open the festival. Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’, Jeff Nichols ‘Loving’, Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ and Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’ are among the films in the main competition.

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11-22.