News ID: 219658
Published: 1015 GMT August 10, 2018

Iran's 'Umbra' to lighten TIFF

Iran's 'Umbra' to lighten TIFF

Following its participation in the short film competition section of Cannes Film Festival, Iranian short film 'Umbra', directed by Saeed Jafarian, is going on to the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which is slated for September 6-16.

Tensions in Jafarian's spellbinding drama inexorably rise as a young woman goes into the nighttime streets of Tehran in search of her inexplicably missing lover. There she finds a disturbing reminder of the limits of her freedom.

This is the second time an Iranian film has been accepted into the competition section of a first-rate festival. 'More Than Two Hours' by Ali Asgari was the only Iranian film which has previously been accepted into the competition section of Cannes and Sundance film festivals.

Shane Black's 'The Predator', David Gordon Green's 'Halloween' reboot and Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9' will all experience world premieres at this year's TIFF.

The TIFF Docs section will include 27 feature-length non-fiction films, and will open with Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9', described by the festival as a "radical and humorous look at the United States under Donald Trump". The section will close with 'Searching for Ingmar Bergman', directed by Margarethe von Trotta.

TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually. Since its founding in 1976, TIFF has grown to become a year-round destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic center for film culture located in Downtown Toronto.


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