Two movies from Iran picked for Venice festival Orizzonti

July 28, 2017

TEHRAN – Two movies by Iranian filmmakers will compete in the Orizzonti (Horizons) section at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, the organizers announced last week.

“Disappearance” by Ali Asgari and “No Date, No Signature” by Vahid Jalilvand will be screened in this category dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.
 
The story of “Disappearance” produced at the Doha Film Institute is set on a cold winter night in Tehran where a couple of young lovers run into a serious problem. They have just a few hours to come up with a solution.

“No Date, No Signature” is about Dr. Nariman, a forensic pathologist who has a car accident with a motorcyclist and injures his 8-year-old son. He offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, but the father refuses his help and money. The next morning, in the hospital where he works, Dr. Nariman finds out that the little boy has been brought for an autopsy after a suspicious death.

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, the Iranian director of numerous acclaimed films, is a member of the panel for the Orizzonti section.

The Italian director Gianni Amelio will preside over the jury, which also includes American director Ami Canaan Mann and Irish-Scottish director and screenwriter Mark Cousins.

Argentine screenwriter Andrés Duprat, Belgian director and screenwriter Fien Troch and French screenwriter and director Rebecca Zlotowski are the other members of the jury.

Twenty films from around the world will be screened in the section.

The 74th Venice International Film Festival will be held on the Italian Lido from August 30 to September 9.

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