TEHRAN — Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Hassani’s drama “Adjustment” has won the Grand Prize at the Busan International Short Film Festival.
Organizers of the festival, which took place in the Korean city of Busan from April 27 to May 2, announced the winners on May 3.
The film follows Shahrokh, an effeminate 9-year-old boy humiliated and rejected by his family and friends, who decides to assume a new identity and comes out to the people of his village. After going through a series of ordeals, Shahrokh, dressed in girl’s clothes, shows up at school and confronts his classmates.
“A delicate and poetic look at a moment in the life of a child, when no deeper feeling or intimate belief could scratch the power of popular traditions and habits, made of prejudices and false ideals, stained by the weight of religion.” the jury said in their statement.
“A clean portrayal of the power of innocence, where actors with a natural approach lead the story into important and necessary storytelling,” added the jury.
“Titan” by Belgian director Valéry Carnoy received the award for excellence.
The film tells the story of Nathan, a young boy of 13, who is about to join the gang led by his friend Malik by participating in a strange ritual.
“A raw story is told with full awareness of the cinematic expedient,” the jury said.
“The staging and photography bring the audience between the protagonist and the other young characters, making their feelings and emotions universal. An original scenario but so true played in an excellent way by the young actors, in the silence of the suburban landscape, ”they added.
“At My Mother’s Feet” by Dutch filmmaker Vincent Sparreboom won the Audience Award.
Growing up as a parent to your parents leaves deep marks on the soul. During a “family constellation therapy session”, Lucien finally accepts his dangerous childhood. Looking at the complex expressions on his face, we are taken on an emotional journey as Lucien navigates long-repressed anger, fear and grief – finally showing himself to the world.
“I Am Trying to Remember” by Iranian actor and filmmaker Pegah Ahangarani won the jury prize.
Pictured: Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Hassani (R) accepts the Busan International Short Film Festival Grand Prize for his drama “Adjustment” on May 2, 2022.