Iran appraising ten films to pick submission to Oscars  

September 17, 2017

TEHRAN – A committee of nine cineastes is evaluating a shortlist of 10 films to select Iran’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards for the best foreign-language film category.

Directors Sirus Alvand, Mohammad Bozorgnia, Kamal Tabrizi and Rasul Sadr-Ameli, actor Reza Kianian and musician Majid Entezami are among the members of the committee selected by Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation.

The shortlist includes Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian’s acclaimed political drama “The Midday Event”, which was crowned best film at the 35th Fajr Film Festival.

“The Villa Tenants” by Monir Qeidi, “Twenty-One Days Later” by Mohammadreza Kheradmandan and “Subdued” by Hamid Nematollah are among the films. These movies also will represent Iranian cinema at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)

The shortlist also includes “Red Nail Polish” by Seyyed Jamal Seyyed-Hatami, “My Brother Khosrow” by Ehsan Biglari and “A House on 41st Street” by Hamidreza Qorbani.

Parviz Shahbazi’s “Malaria”, the winner of the grand prix for best film of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival, is also on the list.

“Breath” by Narges Abyar, which has been acclaimed at several international festivals, and “Inversion” by Behnam Behzadi are the other films in the selection.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2018.

The deadline for submissions is October 2, and the Academy will announce the accepted eligible films at a later date.

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