Iran’s ‘Sunless Shadows’ to open IDFA 2019
Art and Experience: Iranian documentary ‘Sunless Shadows’, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, will open the 32nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Netherlands, according to the festival’s organizers.
The world premiere of ‘Sunless Shadows’, directed by Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei, will kick off the 32nd edition of IDFA, known as the world’s largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam.
Filmed in a small juvenile detention center, ‘Sunless Shadows’ steps into the enclosed world of five young Iranian women, all accomplices in the murder of their abusive husbands, fathers, or brothers-in-law.
“Through breathtaking monologues and whip-smart interactions, the beauty, humor, and tragedy of the characters’ daily lives confirms that a murder story is never simple. Women opting for violence is a complex decision—perhaps anywhere in the world,” writes IDFA in praise of the film.
‘Sunless Shadows’ was realized with the support of the IDFA Bertha Fund.
Two other Iranian productions, namely ‘Asho’, directed by Jafar Najafi, and ‘Absence’ by Fatemeh Zolfaghari, will also take part at IDFA, slated for 20 November to 1 December, 2019, in Amsterdam.