Art and Experience:  Acclaimed Iranian animated movie “Release from Heaven” directed by Ali Nuri Oskui has been selected as best animation at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City.

The film is about a female writer and teacher who accompanies two of her students on an inner spiritual journey in a war-torn country.

“Yochi” by Ilana Lapid from the United States was crowned best film while William Gonzalez from Columbia was named best director for his “She, the Sergeant Matacho”.

Romantic drama “The Death of Cupid” by Aza Declercq from Belgium won the best foreign film award and “Poor Greg Drowning” by Jeffrey Scott Collins from the U.S. received the award for best comedy.

The award for best documentary went to Magdalena and Joseph Reilly’s “Low White Sky”, which is about an exploration of alternatives to current U.S. agricultural systems, focusing on permaculture, vertical farming and urban gardening.

The Universal Film Festival was held from September 28 to 30.

Source: Tehran Times