Art and Experience: The 35th Fajr Film Festival announced 28 films for the official competition on Friday evening as submissions from a number of renowned filmmakers, including Kianush Ayyari and Tahmineh Milani, failed to make the shortlist.
Among the highlights is “Domestic Murderer” directed by veteran filmmaker Masud Kimiai.
In addition, Puran Derakhshandeh, the director of the acclaimed drama “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream”, will be competing in the event with “Under the Smoky Roof” starring Farhad Aslani and Merila Zarei.
Starring Navid Mohammadzadeh and Elnaz Shakerdust, “Stuffiness” by Fereidun Jeirani and Saeid Soheili’s comedy drama “Guidance Patrol 2” are other great titles on the lineup.
Promising young filmmaker Ida Panahandeh, director of the acclaimed movie “Nahid”, is participating in the festival with “Esrafil”.
The festival will also screen “The Midday Event” by director of the award-winning film “Standing in the Dust”, Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian.
The shortlist also contains nine debut films, including “Maternity” by Roqieh Tavakkoli, “Italy, Italy” by Kaveh Sabbaghzadeh, “Isolation” by Morteza-Ali Abbasmirzai and “The Residents of Villas” by Monireh Qeidi.
The lineup was announced by the secretary of the festival, Mohammad Heidari, while he said that making the decision about the screening of some films, such as “Sofa” by Kianush Ayyari, is far beyond the task the selection board of the festival took on.
“The subject of the film is a matter of great sensitivity and senior authorities should make the decision about the film,” he stated.
In “Sofa”, Ayyari shows how the economic recession has affected the life of the middle class in Iran over the past few years.
His previous film “The Paternal House” was banned in Iran due to some allegedly violent scenes.
Tahmineh Milani’s family drama “Maly” was also not selected for the festival. Milani, who is known as the feminist filmmaker of Iranian cinema, has said that her film was dropped due to its subject that focuses on domestic violence in the country.
The 35th Fajr Film Festival will be held in Tehran and several other Iranian cities from Jan. 31 to Feb. 10.