Iran-Canada Film in Dutch Fest
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), in the Netherlands, has announced the full line-up of its Bright Future program, where an Iranian movie is also included in the competition for the Bright Future Award 2017.
‘The Pot and the Oak’ directed by Iranian filmmaker, script writer and video artist Kiarash Anvari will compete with 15 other films in the event, Honaronline reported.
A joint production of Iran and Canada, Anvari’s film is about a man who faces an existential crisis. The movie will have its world premiere at the Dutch festival.
It is the first feature film by Anvari which is shown in the Bright Future section that presents young, up-and-coming talents with a unique style and vision, which enrich the cinematic landscape with daring work.
Co-produced by Anvari and Majid Barzegar, the cast includes Mehran Nael, Sadaf Foroughi, Mahvash Afsharpanah, Banipal Shoomoon, Bahareh Riahi and Mahan Khorshidi. Foroughi has also cooperated in writing the script with Anvari.
Born in Tehran, Anvari, 39, received his BA in film and television production from Soureh University in Tehran. After receiving his master’s degree in film studies from University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France, he continued with PhD in film philosophy. His short films, documentaries and video art pieces have been screened in different venues and festivals around the world. He is a permanent member of the Iranian Short Film Society.
He was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004 where he attended workshops with some well-known directors in the international arena.
He was also recommended by the acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami to participate in the Berlin Academy of Arts Young Artist Residency Program in the same year.
The IFFR is an annual film festival held in Rotterdam. Since its founding in 1972, it has become one of the most important events in the film world, maintaining its focus on independent and experimental filmmaking by emerging talents and established auteurs.
The 46th edition is slated for January 25-February 5.