Venice filmfest. announces lineup, Iran attending with 5 titles

TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) – Venice Film Festival has announced this year’s lineup at a news conference in Rome on Wednesday, with five titles from Iranian filmmakers.

Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi’s latest film ‘Magic Lantern’, and ‘Blood Kin’ by Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani are taking part in the out-of-competition Sconfini section.

‘Brick and Mirror’ by Ebrahim Golestan will be screened in the Venice Classics Restored Films section.

Mostafa Sayyari’s debut feature ‘As I Lay Dying’ is Iran’s sole representative at the competition section of Horizons, which also includes 18 other titles from Italy, US, Thailand, India, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Brazil, Turkey, France, Russia and Indonesia.

‘As I Lay Dying’ is loosely based on a novel with the same name penned by American author William Faulkner. It narrates the story of a broken-apart family that take a trip to the south of Iran upon their father’s advice.

Iranian short ‘Staircase’ by Mohsen Banihashemi is one of the 13 titles accepted into the Horizons short films section of the festival.  

Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria and Iranian-American cineaste Ramin Bahrani will serve on the panels of jury for the Horizons and First Films sections, respectively.

In 2017, Iranian feature film 'No Date, No Signature' by Vahid Jalilvand received Horizons Awards for the best director and Navid Mohammadzadeh for the best actor.

The 75th Venice Film Festival takes place August 29 to September 8. Damien Chazelle will open the festival with the world premiere of “First Man.” 

The full lineup is available here

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