Iranian film awarded in Spain

Madrid, Nov 30, IRNA – The highly acclaimed Iranian family drama ‘Melbourne’ has won top prizes at the 52nd Gijón International Film Festival in Spain.
  The film, directed by Nima Javidi, bagged the Best Director, Best Script and the Young Jury Prize for Best Feature Film, was awarded at the Spanish festival held on Nov 21-29.

Talking about the film, Javidi said: “Melbourne’ is a sad story about dodging responsibility particularly prevalent in the young generation.”

Javidi’s debut feature film was inspired from his personal experience; “Five or six years ago, I was with friends on a vacation in the mountains and I was left alone with a baby. At some point, I noticed that it wasn’t awaking. I panicked but hopefully in the end everything was alright. Then I imagined what could had happened if something had gone wrong and that’s how I wrote the story.

‘Melbourne’ is about an Iranian young couple’s move to the Australian city from their hometown which is abruptly stopped when tragedy befalls their household; among boxes and cellophane, there is a dead baby in their bedroom.

The cast features Negar Javaherian and Peyman Maadi.

The flick also received critical acclaim at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in Italy. The film experienced its international premiere at the festival.

It opened Critics’ Week section of this year’s Venice film festival and had several screening programs, out of competition.

The film also attended the 10th edition of Zurich international Film Festival and the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival.

It also participated at the competition section of the 15th International Film Festival Bratislava and recently received the Golden Pyramid of the 36th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).



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