Iranian film to vie at Venice film fest

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (MNA) – Iranian film Wednesday, May 9, directed by Vahid Jalilvand, will compete in the Horizon section of the 72nd Venice Film Festival.

Beginning on September 2, the 72nd edition offers an Official Selection of 55 new feature films divided into three sections (In Competition, Out of Competition and Horizons), 16 new short films and 20 classics.

The film festival will dedicate its pre-opening events to Orson Welles, to mark the centennial of his birth.

It will play two of Welles’ ‘Venetian masterpieces’: his 1969 version of The Merchant of Venice and his 1951 production of Othello.

The festival, slated for September 2- 12, will be held in Venice and the Iranian flick will compete in the Horizon section.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, known for Gravity will head the jury in the competition section while American director Jonathan Demme will be the president of the Venice Horizons Jury.

Venice Film Festival is known as the oldest cinematic event in world’s history, and, along with Cannes and Berlin festivals, form the most esteemed film festivals, reputedly called as ‘Big Three.’

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


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