FIFF: 3 Films from Iran to Compete in Intl. Competition

FIFF: 3 Films from Iran to Compete in Intl. Competition

The 2021 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the names of three Iranian films playing in the Cinema Salvation (International Competition) section.

According to the Secretariat of the annual event, 12 foreign movies are competing with three productions from Iran.

Major

Writer & Director: Ehsan Abdipour

Producer: Hamid Farrokhnezhad

Cast: Hamid Farokhnejad, Arash Maleki, Akbar Odood, Forough Ghajabagli, Iraj Saghiri

Synopsis: A German police dog enters the customs office of a seaport and all hell breaks loose in the city, where no one seems prepared to discuss and resolve the situation.

Lady of the City (Shahrbanou)

Director: Maryam Bahrololoumi

Writer: Pejman Teymourtash

Producer: Pegah Ahmadi

Cast: Fereshteh Sadrorafaei, Behnaz Jafari, Gelareh Abbasi, Saman Saffari, Mohammad Valizadegan, Ali Kianersi, Behrang Alavi, Yousef Teymouri, Tarannom Kazemi, Mahlagha Bagheri

Synopsis: Shahrbanou, a mother of three, is given life sentence for drug smuggling. She gets bailed out for a few days to take part in her son’s wedding. The occasion is also a chance to re-evaluate relations with her family and kids.

Gisoum

Writer & Director: Navid Behtoei

Producer: Saeid Sa’adi

Cast: Pegah Ahangarani, Hossein Soufian, Maral Bani Adam, Reza Davoodnejad, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Shabnam Goodarzi, Salman Farkhondeh

Synopsis: After her mother’s death, a young woman finds out her father is still alive. After 30 years living in France, she returns to Iran to look for her father along with her spouse and friends. She has other secrets, so her friends find out.

The 2021 FIFF is scheduled to get underway in the Iranian capital from May 26 to June 2. This year’s event is presided over by Iranian film director and screenwriter Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour. The festival, widely considered one of the most prestigious and influential in Asia, Europe and Greater Middle East, was forced to cancel its 2020 edition amid the global pandemic.


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