“Blockage” to compete in Filmfest Munchen


“Blockage”, an acclaimed drama by Iranian director Mohsen Qarai, will be competing in the 36th Munich International Film festival – Filmfest Munchen, which will run from June 28 to July 7.

The film, which shared the best film award in the New Currents category at the Busan International Film Festival with “After My Death” by Kim Uiseok from South Korea in 2017, will be screened in the International Independents competition, the organizers have announced.

The film is about Qasem, a young man who is working at Tehran Municipality and his job is to prevent vendors from selling their merchandise on the sidewalks. He’s to be fired because of his secret deals with some of the vendors so he’s looking for another job as a truck driver. He’s counting on his wife, Akram’s patrimony to buy a truck, however, Akram believes they should buy a small house and leave Qasem’s father’s home. Nevertheless, Qasem’s fighting with a vendor some days earlier creates an opportunity to overcome these problems.

The Munich festival in its Spotlight category will also screen Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest drama “Everybody Knows” that was shot in Spain with Oscar-winning couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

The festival, which will begin with the world premiere of Mackie Messer, Joachim Lang’s cinematic adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Three Penny Opera”, is also scheduled to honor director Terry Gilliam and Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson with lifetime achievement CineMerit Awards.


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