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Published: 0652 GMT December 04, 2020

Two Iranian productions to be screened at Chinese Hainan Island event

Two Iranian productions to be screened at Chinese Hainan Island event

Two Iranian films, ‘Bandar Band,’ directed by female filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat, and ‘Sun Children,’ directed by Majid Majidi, will hit the silver screen at the 3rd Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) in China.

Both films will be shown in the Asian Spectrum, a non-competitive section that aims to construct a new landscape for Asian cinema. The event will take place in the Chinese city of Sanya, from December 5 to 12, according to

‘Bandar Band’ is about pregnant Mahla, along with the other members of a music band, named Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends. They start their journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in a flood.

They still keep their hopes alive. However, every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.

‘Bandar Band’ is currently in the running at the 30th Films from the South Festival in Norway. It was also screened at the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival in the US, the 8th Bosphorus Film Festival in Turkey, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, and the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

In ‘Sun Children,’ 12-year-old Ali (Rouhollah Zamani) and his three friends help support their families through odd jobs, even stealing a tire or two. One day, they are told a hidden treasure is buried underneath a school for street children. To dig for it, they must enroll.

The Hainan Asian Spectrum also features ‘Ainu Mosir’ by Takeshi Fukunaga from Japan, ‘Bittersweet’ by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan from India, ‘In Between Dying’ by Hilal Baydarov from Azerbaijan and ‘Death of Nintendo’ by Raya Martin, a coproduction of the Philippines and the United States.




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