Montecatini Festival Highlights Modern Iranian Short Film


TEHRAN — The Montecatini International Short Film Festival has announced plans to review contemporary Iranian short film.

Nineteen films will be screened in a special program initiated by the organizers of the 2022 edition of the festival which opens on Wednesday in Montecatini, Italy.

One of the highlights of the lineup is “Water, Wind, Dust, Bread”, winner of a special mention from the IDFA 2021 jury.

Director Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari tells a poetic story about the life of Abolfazl, an 11-year-old boy who no longer has both hands. Despite his disability, Abolfazl leads a busy life with his family and his friend Setayesh in a palm grove near the Afghan-Iranian border, where foreign visitors often head for ecotourism. He and his eight-year-old friend, Setayesh, belong to a group of stateless children living in Iran’s remote border area, and the lack of birth certificates is a major disadvantage for their future.

“The Sprayer”, an acclaimed Farnush Abedi animated film, is also among the films.

This is an area occupied by the sprayer army. No one has the right to grow any type of plant either in public or in private. So many people and soldiers don’t even know how a plant grows or what it looks like, until one day one of the soldiers finds a seed buried deep in the dust, and his curiosity is just the start of something. something extraordinary, something big, something revolutionary.

The lineup also included “Identibye”, the best foreign language film at the 2021 Route 66 Film Festival in Springfield in the US state of Illinois.

In this film directed and written by Sajjad Shahhatami, the protagonist of the story is faced with a dilemma of choosing between meaning and sensitivity regarding his deepest feelings. He was judged from the start by his relatives. The fear of these endless judgments fills him with doubt and he must work against the clock to achieve his goal because he knows his true identity is what matters most to them.

“Mask” directed by Nava Rezvani will also be screened. In this drama, a young woman unwillingly undergoes cosmetic facial surgery solely for the sake of her boyfriend, but the man is unhappy with the end result. This leads the young girl through a process of rediscovering herself.

The lineup also includes “Exchange” by Barzan Rostami, “C-Section” by Mehrshad Kheradmandi, “Hulu” by Mehdi Hosseinkhani, “Mahakan” by Hesam Hosseini and Abbas Hosseinzadeh, “Childfree” by Sara Bahramjahan, “A Winner” by Mehdi Mahai and several other films.

“Maturity” by Iranian director Nazanin Qanbari-Mohammadi will compete in the official section of the festival, which will run until November 6.

Photo: “The Pulverizer” by Farnush Abedi.



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