Art and Experience: ‘A Letter to the President’ directed by Roya Sadat has been accepted into the screening program of 70th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
Roya Sadat’s feature filmed in Afghanistan is the story of a young woman named Soraya who is walking to her death while the president is still reading her long letter. Will the letter convince him to pardon her? At the same time, unaware of their mother’s destiny, her children play in the garden, while Behzad, her colleague, punishes himself because he is the cause of all her troubles. If Soraya is executed, her children will be taking care of by their grandfather, a mafioso. The president will read the letter eventually but could he decide against the court’s ruling?
The Locarno Festival (formerly called the Festival del film Locarno and commonly referred to as the Locarno Film Festival) is an annual film festival held every August in Locarno, Switzerland. Founded in 1946, it is one of the longest-running film festivals in the world.
The 70th edition of the festival is scheduled for 2 – 12 August 2017.