“Mainline” to be screened at Italian universities and schools

July 21, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s “Mainline” is scheduled to be screened at Italian universities and schools with the collaboration of several Italian cultural organizations.

The film focuses on the dangers of drug addiction and Italian officials intend to use it as a tool to inform students about drugs and deter their usage. The film was selected by the organizations when it was participating in the Rome Asian Film Festival last year. Bani-Etemad’s ninth feature-length work tells the story of Sara, a bride-to-be addict whose fiancé Arash is studying in Vancouver and is unaware of her addiction. Sara decides to quit drugs a month before Arash returns for the wedding ceremony. The film scooped up awards in five categories of the 25th Fajr International Film Festival where actress Baran Kowsari earned a Simorgh (the most prestigious Iranian cinematic award) for her portrayal of Sara. It also stars Masud Rayegan and Bita Farahi. Cinematographer Mahmud Kalari, editor Sepideh Abdolvahhab, makeup artist Mehrdad Mirkiani, sound recorder Yadollah Najafi, and stage and costume designer Jila Mehrjuii are among the crew