News ID: 317999
Published: 0242 GMT November 17, 2021

Iran’s ‘Driving Lesson’ wins German festival’s Grand Prix

Iran’s ‘Driving Lesson’ wins German festival’s Grand Prix

The Iranian short film, ‘Driving Lesson,’ won the Grand Prix from the 18th International Short Film Festival Landau, known as La.Meko, in Landau, Germany.

Directed by Marzieh Riahi, the 13-minute film narrates the story of Bahareh who, according to Iranian law, must have her husband accompany her during driving lessons so that she and her instructor are not left alone together without a third party’s presence, as reported by IRNA.

The film’s cast includes Linda Kiani, Alireza Sanifar, Salar Khamseh and Sanaz Mesbah.

‘Driving Lessons’ has already participated in more than 60 international film festivals and won several awards.

It won the Best Short Film at the 22nd edition of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy; the Best Non-Irish Short Film award at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival in Ireland; the Golden Apricot for Best Short Film at the 16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia; the Special Jury Award at the 13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights (FIWOM) in South Korea; the Best Short Drama at the 13th edition of the ‘I Will Tell International Film Festival’ in London; the Audience Award for Best Film at the 25th Aichi International Women’s Film Festival (AIWFF) in Japan; the Best Director Award (Marzieh Riahi), the Best Editing Award (Hossein Neshati), and the Best Screenplay Award (Marjan Riahi) at the fourth edition of the Cinevoyage Film Festival (CFF) in India.

La.Meko wants to be a stage for all kinds of short films and the team takes care that the program is a delicate mix of entertainment and cultural challenge across all genres. The festival is also known for its enthusiastic audience and its outstanding moderation.



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