Art And Culture

4 Films for Chicago Festival

Leila Zare in 'Finals'Leila Zare in 'Finals'

Four Iranian movies will attend the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival slated for October 13-27.

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman', 'Finals' directed by Adel Yaraghi, Parviz Shahbazi’s ‘Malaria’ and Mehrdad Oskuei’s ‘Starless Dreams’ are the four contestants, Mehr News Agency reported. Farhadi's film, which is also selected as Iran's submission to the Academy Awards 2017, will take part in the international feature competition section. The story centers on a couple who move into a new home but a world of trouble unfolds when they are mistaken for the previous tenant. Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti are among the cast.

'Finals' will vie in the new directors' competition section. The drama was co-written by the late Abbas Kiarostami and Yaraghi. It is about a respected math teacher who is engaged to the mother of one of his pupils. But the angry young student refuses to study and even sit for his final exam. Shahab Hosseini and Leila Zare play in the movie.

Screening in the documentary section, 'Starless Dreams' is one of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries. It shows the lives of teenage girls at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. The film has so far won several international awards.

Written and directed by Shahbazi, 'Malaria' will be shown in the world cinema section. It is a social drama dealing with the lives of young boys and girls in Tehran. Saghar Ghanaat, Saed Soheili, Azarakhsh Farahani and Azadeh Namdari are in the cast.