TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – The award winning director of “Whisper with the Wind”, Shahram Alidi, told the Mehr News agency that despite its theme, this movie depicts his soft and tender spirit.


“Whisper with the Wind” was produced by an Iranian crew in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The movie was an entry in the International Critics’ Week section of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and scooped three awards.


“I made this movie as an Iranian filmmaker and the Kurdistan Ministry of Culture agreed to underwrite the project, but the film bears Iranian poetical views,” Alidi told MNA.


The central theme of the story dates back to the time of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the film had to be shot in the Kurdistan region. Alidi said that several reviews were written on the movie regarding it a film which depicts a beautiful oriental image of death.


The awards handed to the film contained the US$10,600 cash prize sponsored by the Main Fund of Social Activities (CCAS), awarded by the Association of Independent Cinema for Distribution (ACID). Other awards included the Ofaj/TV5 Monde prize, (VERY) Young Critic Award by a jury of 32 French and German high school students and the Regarde Jeunes prize by a jury of seven young film buffs.


Alidi’s debut film is about a postman who has traveled throughout the mountainous villages of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, delivering messages for many years. One day, a partisan commander asks him to make a recording of his new-born baby’s first cry.


The postman sets off to find the army commander in the village but learns that all the children in the area, as well as the commander’s pregnant wife, have been evacuated to a far off valley. He sets off to find them.


“Whisper with the Wind” has been picked up for international sales by UMedia.


Turaj Aslani is the film’s cinematographer. Sound recording is by Asgahr Abgun and the soundtrack composed by Reza Delpak.






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