“Salesman”, “Muhammad (S)” to compete in Busan filmfest
Art and Experience: Majid Majidi’s epic “Muhammad (S), the Messenger of God” and Asghar Farhadi’s drama “The Salesman” are in a lineup of Iranian films that will compete in the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) from October 6 to 15.
“Qashang and Faranag” by Vahid Musaian, “Malaria” by Parviz Shahbazi, “The Reward” by Kamal Tabrizi, “The Dream of Water” by Farhad Mehranfar and “Violinist” by Mohammad-Ali Talebi are other Iranian films, which are scheduled to be screened in “A Window on Asian Cinema”, a section dedicated for Asian films, the organizers have announced.
56 Asian productions will be competing in this section.
In addition, “Parting”, an Iran-Afghanistan coproduction by Navid Mahmudi, is an entry in the New Currents category, competing with 10 other movies.
Moreover, cinematographer Mahmud Kalari is among the jury members presided over by Souleymane Cisse, the most influential living African director from Mali.
Organizers have also arranged a retrospective of works by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
A selection of nine films including “Where Is the Friend’s Home?” (1987), “Life Goes On” (1992) and “Under the Olive Trees” (1994) will be shown at the Special Programs in Focus.
The retrospective will be accompanied by a forum on Kiarostami’s life and works in which his son, Ahmad, will participate along with other Iranian filmmakers attending the festival this year.
“76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami”, a documentary by Seifollah Samadian collecting 76 minutes’ worth of exceptional moments from Kiarostami’s life, will also be screened in this section.