Iran ‘The Pearl’ vies at Japanese, Indian film festival

Iranian screen production The Pearl directed by Sirous Hassanpour has competed at two international film festivals in Japan and India.

The movie was screened at the competition section of the 10th edition of Tamil Nadu International Film Festival held in the Indian city of Chennai from August 1 to 3, 2013.

Produced by Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation, the film also competed in Damah Film Festival that took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 2 and 3.

The Pearl chronicles the life of a pearl hunter, Karim, who is living in a little town of southern Iran. Karim who suffers from heart trouble, finds out that he needs an urgent surgery for the disease but he cannot afford it. His two children think that they have to grow up sooner than expected time to help their dad.

The film won the UNICEF award at the 2012 International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in Isfahan.

According to the UNICEF report on the film, The Pearl “provides a realistic perspective of child labor and reflects situations where children are forced to distance themselves from their childhood.”

The report also says that the film portrays the finer aspects of human relationships and moral values with beautiful cinematic skills.

Iranian children’s director, Hassanpour, is planning to produce a film adapted from the atomic attack on Japan’s Hiroshima and chemical attack on Iran’s Sardasht.

The new screen project titled The Paper Cranes is slated to represent the tragic consequences of wars in the both cities through cinematic depictions.

The film’s plot is based on “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”, a non-fiction children’s book written by the American author Eleanor Coerr, published in 1977.

The movie is scheduled to be set in both cities of Hiroshima and Sardasht as shooting will begin next year, Hassanpour had earlier announced.

By Press TV

 

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