Shorts from Iran compete in Batumi festival
Art and Experience: Iranian movies “Umbra” and “Are You Volleyball?” will be screened in the short competition of the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) in Georgia.
Directed by Saeid Jafarian, “Umbra” is about a young woman who realizes a few minutes after midnight that her partner has disappeared. She goes out worriedly to seek her partner in the darkness of the streets.
“Are You Volleyball?” by director Mohammad Bakhshi tells the story of a group of Arabic-speaking asylum seekers who arrive at the border of an English-speaking country and can go no further. There are scuffles with the border guards every day until volleyball becomes the catalyst that improves relations.
“Are You Volleyball?” won the award for best film at the 9th BCN Sports Film Festival in Spain in May.
Russian filmmaker Nikoloz Khomeriki will preside over the short competition jury, which also includes German actress Jale Arikan and Georgian scriptwriter Ketevan Devdariani.
The BIAFF will take place in Batumi from September 16 to 24.
Source: Tehran Times