News ID: 302424
Published: 0616 GMT April 23, 2021

Iran’s ‘Dream about Sohrab’ to be screened in Moscow International Film Festival

Iran’s ‘Dream about Sohrab’ to be screened in Moscow International Film Festival

Arts & Culture Desk

The 43rd Moscow International Film Festival opened physically on Thursday, and the Iranian film ‘Dream about Sohrab,’ directed by Ali Qavitan, is to be screened at the festival.

Over 200 films are participating in this year’s festival, of which 14 films will be screened in the main competition section, according to IRNA.

After participating in the 51st International Film Festival of India, this is the second international appearance of ‘Dream about Sohrab’.

Notable among the cast are Mehdi Soltani, Bahareh Kian-Afshar, Laleh Eskandari, Tarlan Parvaneh and Abolfazl Miri, Mehr News Agency reported.

Qavitan’s film dramatizes the life story of the leading Persian modern poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri.

Sepehri (1928-1980) and Nima Yushij are both known for their pure styles of blank verse.

As a talented artist and a gifted poet, Sepehri came to prominence with the publication of his collection, ‘The Water’s Footfall’ in 1965.

His works have been translated into the English, French, Italian and Spanish languages. His paintings have been the most expensive works sold at the Tehran Auction over the past few years. Sepehri died of leukemia in Tehran in 1980.

Five years ago, the Iranian film, ‘Daughter,’ made by Reza Mirkarimi, which was in the main competition section of the Russian festival, won three awards at the festival.

It won the Main Prize of the festival, known as Golden George for the best film, and Farhad Aslani won the Silver George award for best actor.

Following the audience poll results, ‘Daughter’ was the second film preferred by the audience among the total 12 films in the competition.

The 43rd edition of the Moscow film festival is running from April 22 to April 29. The festival aims to provide a platform for international films into the Russian market and to bring Russian films to international attention. There are two main international competitions – for features and documentaries. 

“The main challenge has been with bringing people to Moscow, there was no challenge with getting films,” Festival program director Kirill Razlogov says of pulling the festival together at a time of limited international travel. “Moscow’s promise of a cinema experience for the films boosted our allure.”

The festival is also hosting online screenings and events for those filmmakers unable to overcome travel bans or quarantine requirements.



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