Oscar-nominated “Omar” to go on screen at Fajr festival
The Oscar-nominated feature by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad “Omar” will compete in the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, which will be held in Tehran in February, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
The film is about a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.
“Omar” has been nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
Twenty-seven films, seven of which are Iranian entries, will be screened in the international section of the Fajr festival, which will open on February 1.
The Iranian films are “He Who Said No” directed by Ahmadreza Darvish, “The Life is Elsewhere” by Manuchehr Hadi, “With Others” by Nasser Zamiri, “Che” by Ebrahim Hatamikia, “We Have Guests” by Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, “The Wedlock” by Ruhollah Hejazi and “Cat and Fish” by Shahram Mokri.
Films by directors from several countries including Netherlands, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, France, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will compete at the festival.
“The Mushroom Hunter” directed by William Torgerson from the U.S., “My Father’s Bike” by Piotr Trzaskalski from Poland, “Time of the Lake” by Cafer Ozgul from Turkey and “The New World” by Jaap van Heusden from the Netherlands are among the foreign entries.