‘Melbourne’ receives warm welcome at Venice film festival

A screenshot from ‘Melbourne’ directed by Nima Javidi

Iranian drama Melbourne directed by Nima Javidi has received critical acclaim at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

Javidi’s debut feature-length film opened Critics’ Week section of this year’s Venice film festival and had several screening programs, out of competition.

“Some international critics participated in the festival believe that Melbourne conjures up the mood and tone of the British film director Alfred Hitchcock’s works,” said Javidi.

“The renowned film distribution company Microcinema purchased the film’s world distributing right,” he also noted.

The movie has experienced its international premiere at this year’s Italian festival.

Melbourne chronicles the story of a young couple on their way to the eponymous Australian city to continue their education. But just a few hours before their departure, they become involved in a tragic event.

The festival’s officials became acquainted with the movie at the 2014 Cannes’s Film Market, the director said.

The 71st annual Venice Film Festival kicked off in Venice, Italy on August 27 and will run until September 6, 2014.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.

By Press TV


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