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Shahab Hosseini, a Cannes best actor winner in 2016 for his layered, complex performance in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman,” is attached to star in “The Far Mountains,” from Mitra Tabrizian. A nuanced coming-of-age tale with an allegorical undertow, “The Far Mountains” marks Tabrizian’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut feature “Gholam,” also starring Hosseini and selected by The Guardian/Observer’s Mark Kermode as Film of the Week on its release. “Gholam” was theatrically released in the U.K. and major VOD platforms internationally. “Gholam” producer Zadoc Nava at London-based Stray Dog Films will be introducing “The Far Mountains” at Locarno’s Match…

It may be Maša Marković’s first year as head of industry at the Sarajevo Film Festival, but for the long-time festival staffer, it’s business as usual. CineLink Industry Days has long been considered the leading industry hub for Southeast European film professionals and has played a critical role in shaping talent and expanding content and co-productions in the region. This year marks the 20th anniversary of its co-production market, which presents ten of the most promising feature film projects in development from the region and, says Marković, this year’s strand is better than ever. “We really focus heavily on the…

Here is the the list of the films selected for 78th Venice Film Festival Competition White Noise – Noah Baumbach (USA) (opening film) Il signore delle formiche – Gianni Amelio (Italy) The Whale – Darren Aronofsky (USA) L’immensità – Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France) Saint Omer – Alice Diop (France) Blonde – Andrew Dominik (USA) Tár – Todd Field (USA) Love Life – Kôji Fukada (Japan/France) Athena – Romain Gavras (France) Bardo, falsa crónica de unas cuantas verdades – Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico) Bones and All – Luca Guadagnino (USA/Italy) The Eternal Daughter – Joanna Hogg (UK/USA) Beyond the Wall – Vahid Jalilvand (Iran) The Banshees of Inisherin – Martin McDonagh (Ireland/UK/USA) Argentina, 1985 – Santiago Mitre (Argentina/USA) Chiara – Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy/Belgium) Monica – Andrea Pallaoro (USA/Italy) No Bears – Jafar Panahi (Iran) All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Laura Poitras (USA) Un Couple – Frederick Wiseman (France/USA) The Son – Florian Zeller (UK) Les Miens – Roschdy Zem (France) Les enfants des autres – Rebecca Zlotowski (France) Out…

Filmmaker Sudha Kongara bagged the National Award under the Best Screenplay Category for Soorarai Pottru, which turned out to be a top winner. Sudha shares screenplay credits with Shalini Usha Nair. Her Directorial also won the Best Film Award. Besides, the film’s lead actors, Suriya and Aparna Balamurali have brought laurels by winning the Best Actor and Actress Awards, respectively. Soorarai Pottru’s composer GV Prakash was awarded for the Best Background Score. Speaking about her achievement, Sudha says, “I am on top of the world now. I feel like I have flown the 1 Rs flight, I feel what Captain…

Palm Springs International ShortFest has announced Freedom Swimmer (Australia/France/UK/Hong Kong) by Olivia Martin-McGuire, as the winner of 2022 MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy.  Breakpoint (France) by Nicolas Panay received MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award Honorary Mention. This year’s award ceremony festival was held on June 26th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Susan Morgan Cooper and Bijan Tehrani, two of the jury members, presented the award for this year’s MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Honorary Mention and award winner. The winner received a cash award of $2500 courtesy of MOZAIK…

ATABAI’ the latest film directed by Iranian women director Niki Karimi will open tomorrow, Friday June 10th at West LA, and Laemmle Royal ( 7:10 pm ) and Encino, Laemmle Town Center (7:20 pm) for one week. ATABAI is a middle-aged architect who’s been back from Tehran to his home village in Azerbaijan province. Due to his social class and ethnicity, he has gone through failure in love as a young university student. Since then, by bringing prosperity to his village, he has found respect and dignity among the ones who love him. Yet, his sister’s suicide after her forced…

The 28th edition of  Palm Springs ShortFest  International Film Festival will open on June 21st with in-person screenings at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) and concludes on June 27th with screening of Best of Fest. Films will also be available to watch virtually July 1-10,2022. To learn more about the 2022 ShrtFest and MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award we had a conversation with Sudeep Sharma, ShortFest Interim Artistic Director: https://vimeo.com/717187259 Today, June 7th, 2022: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award for  the 2022 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival. The Bridging…

Today cast and crew of the LEILA’S BROTHERS talked about this well received Iranian film on the Cannes red carpet. LEILA’S BROTHERS is written and directed by Saeed Roustayi, known for his beautiful and powerful film, Just 6.5 In a review of LEILA’S BROTHERS published in DEADLINE, Stephanie Bunbury writes: “What an unexpectedly rich experience this film is” https://vimeo.com/713794398 At 40 years old, Leila has spent her whole life taking care of her parents and her four brothers. The family argues constantly and is crushed by debts, in a country caught in the grip of international economic sanctions. As her…

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director and writer and two times Oscar winner, is one of the Cannes jury members. The Cannes Film Festival has set Vincent Lindon as its jury president for the 75th edition, which kicks off next month. The Frenchman, who won the 2015 Best Actor award at Cannes for The Measure of a Man, starred in last year’s Palme d’Or winner Titane. Joining jury this year are: actor-director-writer Rebecca Hall; Swedish star Noomi Rapace; director-screenwriter Jeff Nichols; Iranian director-writer Asghar Farhadi; India’s Deepika Padukone; Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca; French director-writer-actor Ladj Ly; and Norwegian helmer Joachim Trier.…

Drive My Car wins the Oscar for the Best International Film. Other nominees were FLEE, Denmark, THE HAND OF GOD Italy, LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM, Bhutan and THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD Norway. https://vimeo.com/692922493 A sad and bad choice at the presence of THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, a much better movie and at the absence of the best international film of the year A HERO by Asghar Farhadi. It’s a shame for the academy and their voters.

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