News ID: 314070
Published: 0222 GMT June 20, 2021

Iran’s ‘The Contrary Route’ wins two awards at Shanghai Int’l Film Festival

Iran’s ‘The Contrary Route’ wins two awards at Shanghai Int’l Film Festival

Iranian film ‘The Contrary Route,’ written, directed and produced by Abolfazl Jalili, won the Best Director and Best Actor (Pouyan Shekari) awards at the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) in China which was held from June 11-20.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Iranian films had a strong showing in Shanghai this year, with seven titles showing across the selection. Their participation punctuated news unveiled June 9 that the government of Iran had signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Film Bureau to expand relations between the two countries in the film industry.”

Jalili beamed into Shanghai’s closing ceremony to accept his Golden Goblet trophy via video, saying, “The distance is not a problem for us to communicate. I hope that one day I can cooperate with Chinese filmmakers on a new production that explores humanity.”

The film is about Emkan, 17-year-old teenager who has not seen his father for many years and his mother works late night in a factory. He has a small video camera and decides to make a film to give a twist to his routine life, however, he is not very proficient. He tries his best to achieve his goal.”

Iranian actors Mahdiyar Asghari, Masoud Naji, Pouyan Shokri and Mohammad-Hossein Pakdaman are among the cast list of the film.

Jalili’s film was previously screened at the 13th Jaipur International Film Festival in India.

The 24th edition of the festival came to a glitzy conclusion as Chinese film ‘Manchurian Tiger,’ by self-taught Chinese filmmaker Geng Jun took home the top Golden Goblet award for best feature in the Chinese commercial capital, Shanghai.

Founded in 1993, the SIFF is a competitive global event-driven by Shanghai's efforts to become an international cultural hub. A total of 3,693 films from 108 countries and regions registered for last year's event.




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