Iranian movies line up for Athens Animfest

February 15, 2019

TEHRAN – Thirteen Iranian short movies will compete in the Athens Animfest, which will take place in the Greek capital from March 14 to 17.

“Am I a Wolf?” by Amir-Hushang Moein is a highlight of the Iranian lineup.

The animation is about a group of students that is performing a play called “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats”. Meanwhile, the child, who is playing the role of the wolf and is doomed to be defeated, feels lonely and irritated. He takes his role very seriously.

Another highlight is “Bystander” by Sheida Kashi. The movie tells the story of an old man who is living with a window in front of his eyes. He sees a cold, black and white and fragile world from behind the window. But the window was not always there when he was a young active participant in a big revolution.

“Flight 655” by Hamid Jamali about the tragedy of the downing by the U.S. of Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 will also go on screen at the festival.

Mojtaba Musavi’s acclaimed movie “Mr. Deer” is also another contender for the Grand Prix Athena. The story of the short movie is set in a modern but ruined subway in an unknown time. People in this society have animal faces, they have forgotten humanity and ethics, and they do not avoid sins. Meanwhile, someone with a deer face is trying to reform the society.

“Mother” by Mohammad Qanefard, “Pet Man” by Marzieh Abrarpaydar, “Starvation” by Zahra Rostampur, “Tangle” by Maliheh Gholamzadeh and “The Damn Junk” by Amirpuya Afzalipur and Ruhollah Saadatmand will also compete in the event.

The lineup also includes “The Fox” by Sadeq Javadi Nikjeh, “The Last Fish” by Mahmud Saemin, “The Stranger and the Wind” by Hamed and Hamidreza Ahmadi, and “Till the Following Morning” by Makan Mansurian. 

Photo: “Mr. Deer” by Mojtaba Musavi.

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