“Yalda” is about forgiveness: director

February 5, 2019

TEHRAN – Director Masud Bakhshi has said that his movie “Yalda” is not about an eye for an eye, but rather about forgiveness.

Speaking at a press conference during the 37th Fajr Film Festival on Monday, he said that forgiveness is a universal and human issue. 

“Yalda” tells the story of a 26-year-old woman, who has been sentenced to death for having murdered her rich 65-year-old husband. She is invited to the most popular live TV reality show in Iran to be possibly forgiven by the only daughter of the victim who has asked for lex talionis – the law, applicable in Iran, of “an eye for an eye”.

The film is a co-production by Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland and Lebanon.

Jacques Bidou, the French producer of the film, also said, “The world and Europe are in need of Iranian cinema and they should learn from it.” 

Photo: Director Masud Bakhshi attends a press conference for his drama “Yalda” during the 37th Fajr Film Festival at Tehran’s Mellat Cineplex on February 4, 2019. (ILNA/Alireza Ramezani)

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