Iran’s “Dressage” wins special mention in Berlin Generation 14plus

February 24, 2018

TEHRAN – Iranian director Puya Badkubeh’s drama “Dressage” received a special mention in the Generation 14plus competition at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Friday.  

The film is about Golsa and her friends who rob a corner shop. But while evaluating the booty, they are dismayed to realize that they forgot to take the security camera footage. One of them must return to the crime scene and retrieve it. The vote falls on Golsa, who bravely completes the mission. Her friends’ behavior makes her think, and she hides the hard drive somewhere in secret. But her accomplices and their well-to-do families, worried about their social standing, put more and more pressure on Golsa.

“This film impressed us with its intelligent storytelling as well as its complex and unpredictable development of characters,” the jury said in a statement.

“The protagonist is uncompromising in her refusal to join the vicious cycle of corruption, lies, middle-class hypocrisy and false morality,” the statement added.

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film was presented to director Germinal Roaux’s “Fortuna” from Switzerland and Belgium.

The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film went to “Juck” by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira from Sweden.

Photo: Iranian director Puya Badkubeh (2nd L) and cast members pose after their film “Dressage” won a special mention in the Generation 14plus competition at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on February 23, 2018.

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