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Films Made by Iranian Directors to Compete in Venice Festival

A screenshot from “As I Lay Dying”A screenshot from “As I Lay Dying”

Two Iranian films, including a short and a feature, are to be screened at the New Horizons section of the 75th Venice Film Festival, August 29-Sept. 8.  

The short film “Staircase” written and directed by Mohsen Banihashemi is the story of confrontation of two women who are in a situation which forces them to show their true emotions and intentions.

Sara Bahrami, Toomaj Danesh-Behzadi, Faezeh Yousefi and Camelia Ghazali are in the cast, ILNA reported.

The 20-minute movie will have seven screenings and compete against 19 contestants from India, Italy, Russia, France and Brazil.

Feature film “As I Lay Dying,” of 73 minutes, directed by Mostafa Sayari is loosely based on a namesake poem by Irish writer William Faulkner.

It tells the story of three brothers and one sister who seek to fulfill the last will of their deceased father.

The cast includes Nader Fallah, Elham Korda, Majid Aghakarimi and Vahid Rad.   Veteran US-based Iranian director known for his movie “The Runner”, Amir Naderi is slated to screen his new feature film “Magic Lantern” in the main section of the festival. US-born Iranian director and screenwriter Ramin Bahrani will also show his 26-minute film “Blood Kin” at the event.  

The festival is to open with the world premiere of Damien Chazelle new film “First Man”. It will also pay tribute to the Canadian director David Cronenberg and British actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Founded in 1932, on the island of the Lido in Venice, Italy, the film festival is the oldest of its kind  and one of the “Big Three” film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

 

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