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Kerala Festival to Feature Iranian Film, Juror

An annual event, the IFFK seeks to contribute to the cultural enlightenment of society. This year’s edition features 184 films from 62 countries drawing more than 13,000 delegates from across the globe
Baran Kosari (L) and a screenshot from ‘Where Are My Shoes’Baran Kosari (L) and a screenshot from ‘Where Are My Shoes’

The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will take place in the Indian state of Kerala from December 9-16, where one film from Iran will vie in the main competition section. Iranian actress Baran Kosari, 31, has been selected on the jury panel.

The feature film ‘Where Are My Shoes’ directed by the veteran filmmaker Kioumars Pourahmad is Iran’s only representative in the competition section, IRNA reported.

The story of the movie, which was on screen in cinemas across the country earlier this year, is about an old man, Habib Kaveh, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His family has abandoned him and migrated abroad years ago. However, after the return of his daughter into his life, a secret is revealed.

The cast includes Reza Kianian, Majid Mozafari, Roya Nonahali and Mina Vahid.

The award-winning Kosari is one of the five members of the international jury. She has appeared in some of the films directed by her mother, internationally renowned filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, including ‘Nargess’ (1991), ‘The Blue-Veiled’ (1994), ‘Ordibehesht Lady’ (1997), ‘Under the Skin of the City’ (2000), as well as movies by other directors such as Reza Dormishian’s acclaimed films ‘Lantouri’ (2016), ‘I’m Not Angry’ (2014) and ‘Hatred’ (2012), and Fereidoun Jeyrani’s ‘I’m a Mother’ (2012).

She has also won several local awards for her brilliant performances including Crystal Simorgh for the Best Actress at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival for ‘The Nameless Alley’ in 2015 and the Best Actress Award at the 11th Iran Cinema Celebration for Mainline in 2007.

In 2007 she was nominated for the best performance by an actress in Asia Pacific Screen Award for her performance in ‘Mainline’.

An annual event, the IFFK seeks to contribute to the cultural enlightenment of  society. This year’s edition features 184 films from 62 countries drawing more than 13,000 delegates from across the globe.

The 21st IFFK brings to limelight the harsh realities of migration and displacement. In addition, there is an exclusive package which shows the various phases of human life with distinct focus on their struggle for survival and existence.

 

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