Iranian films line up for Swedish festival
Three Iranian movies will be competing in the 37th Goteborg International Film Festival, which is scheduled to be held in the Swedish city from January 24 to February 3.
“Acrid” directed by Kiarash Asadizadeh, “Trapped” by Parviz Shahbazi and “Bending the Rules” by Behnam Behzadi will be screened in the Five Continents section of the event.
“Acrid” depicts the inner feelings of different couples experiencing marital difficulties ranging from disharmonies to disloyalties.
“Trapped” tells the story of Nazanin, who moves to Tehran to study medicine, but she finds out that there is no room for her in the dormitory. She solves the problem by moving in with vivacious shop girl Sahar.
Although the two are unlikely companions, Sahar coerces Nazanin into joining her circle of friends. When Sahar ends up in trouble, Nazanin is drawn into the complex web of debt and deceit surrounding her roommate.
“Bending the Rules” is about an amateur Iranian theater company, which gets a chance to perform abroad. While the rest of the group keeps the imminent trip secret, the star of the play, Shahrzad, tells her father. He doesn’t want her to leave and a battle for her passport ensues, affecting the whole group.
This film has received several accolades at international events.
It won the special jury awards at the 62nd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany in Novembers and at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2013.
“Bending the Rules” also was crowned best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February 2013.