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2 Feature Films From Iran Selected for Venice Fest

Both directors were present at the previous rounds of the event; Vahid Jalilvand’s debut ‘Wednesday, May 9’ won the INTERFILM award at the 72nd edition and Ali Asgari participated in the short film section of the 71st edition with ‘The Baby’
Screenshots from ‘No Date, No Signature’ (L) and ‘Disappearance’Screenshots from ‘No Date, No Signature’ (L) and ‘Disappearance’

The line-up for various sections of the 74th Venice Film Festival was announced on July 27 and showed Iran will be present in the Horizons section with two feature films.

‘No Date, No Signature’ directed by Vahid Jalilvand and ‘Disappearance’ by Ali Asgari are the two Iranian entries that will compete with 17 other productions from across the globe, ISNA reported.

The section is a competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.

Jalilvand’s film premiered at the 35th Fajr Film Festival in February and won the best director award. It is his second feature film and tells the story of a forensic doctor who at his office  comes across a corpse he knows from the past.

The 104-minute film has Amir Aghaee, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Hediyeh Tehrani and Saeed Dakh in the cast.

His debut directorial work ‘Wednesday, May 9’ won the INTERFILM award at the 72nd edition of the festival. It was also shown in the Horizons section. It was Iran’s only representative at the Venice festival in 2015.

  Joint Production

‘Disappearance’ is a joint production by Iran and Qatar. The film is about a young couple who in a cold winter night encounter a serious problem while they only have a few hours to solve it.

Asgari has won several international awards for his short films. He has attended Cannes Film Festival in previous years in the official short film category with his works ‘The Silence’ co-directed by Farnoosh Samadi and ‘More Than Two Hours’.

He also participated in the short film section of the 71st edition of Venice Festival with ‘The Baby’ in 2014.

This year, he will screen his first feature film ‘Disappearance’ at the Italian event. Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran, Nafiseh Zare and Sahar Sotoodeh play in the 89-minute work.

Celebrated filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is a jury member in the Horizons section.

The aim of the festival is to raise awareness and promote various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.

It also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution to a better understanding of the history of cinema.

The edition is slated for August 30-September 9 in Venice.


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