Russian festival to feature ‘Malaria’

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) – Parviz Shahbazi and Masoud Radaei’s co-direction ‘Malaria’ will participate in Russian festival on August 25-31.

10th edition of the West and East Eurasian Film Festival, to be held in Orenburg, Russia, will feature Iranian movie Malaria, which is experiencing its 20th international screening.

Starring Saghar Qanaat, Saed Soheili, Azarakhsh Farahani and Azadeh Namdari, Malaria narrates the story of a young woman who elopes with her boyfriend to Tehran. To cover her tracks, she tells her father she’s been kidnapped. With her family in hot pursuit, the couple takes up with a band of bohemian street musicians and forms an elaborate plan for a more permanent escape. Mixing real-life on-the-streets footage with a tense lovers-on-the-run drama, Festival alum Parviz Shahbazi crafts a lively look at the cultural clashes that exist deep within Iranian society.

Malaria, Shahbazi’s third cinematic work about Iranian youth, after Deep Breath and Trapped, has won the Grand Prix award at Warsaw International Film Festival in 2016.

The Iranian feature film made its first international premier at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

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