1133 GMT November 28, 2020
Two-hundred films from 33 countries including Afghanistan, India, Myanmar, Turkey, France, Egypt, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Iran and Germany submitted to the festival’s secretariat. Of the figure, only 47 films have made it to the main competition, IRNA wrote.
The documentary section jury panel comprises Samiullah Nabipoor (Afghanistan), Martin Gerner (Germany) and Alba Sotorra (Spain).
Codirected by Azadeh Mousavi and Kourosh Ataei, ‘Finding Farideh’ is about an Iranian woman who was adopted by a Dutch family during her childhood in a Tehran orphanage. In this film, she wants Iranians to help her find her real parents.
The documentary has taken part in a number of international film festivals such as the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in the US, and was selected as best documentary at the 20th Iran Cinema Celebration in Tehran in September 2013.
The documentary was selected as Iran’s submission for best foreign language film in the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. This is the first time that Iran names a documentary to compete for the best foreign language film award at the Oscars.
Iranian film ‘Sonita’ by Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami, Swiss-French-Singaporean Hindi-language drama film ‘The Song of Scorpions’ by Anup Singh also were screened in the festival.