Iran-Finland co-production ‘Oasis of Now’ wins best project at Finnish Film Affair
Art and Experience: The best project award of the Finnish Film Affair went to ‘Oasis Of Now’ by Finnish-Iranian director Hamy Ramezan. Famous Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini will lead the cast.
The Finnish Film Affair on Wednesday gave its best project award to ‘Oasis Of Now’, the debut feature of Finnish-Iranian director and screenwriter Hamy Ramezan. The story follows a family seeking asylum in Finland, and Shahab Hosseini (‘A Separation’, ‘The Salesman’) will lead the cast, according to Screen Daily.
Jussi Rantamäki and Emilia Haukka of Aamu Film Company will produce the film; the company’s credits include Cannes award-winner ‘The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki’. The best project prize comes with a cash award of €3000 ($3320) to support the film’s international marketing.
“The film has impressive visual style and presents a rising talent in director Hamy Ramezan. Its universal themes have the potential to speak to audiences all over the world,” said the jury, comprised of Stine Bomholt-Hansen from LevelK, Tom Abell from Peccadillo Pictures and Gyda Velvin Myklebust from The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund.
More than 400 industry professionals (buyers, sellers, programmers and producers) attended the 8th edition of the popular Finnish Film Affair (Sept 17-19) held during the Helsinki International Film Festival.