Art and Experience: “Subdued” by Hamid Nematollah from Iran will be competing with five other movies from different countries in the First Jounieh International Film Festival opening in the Lebanese coastal city today.

Starring Leila Hatami, the film is about Mina who is recently divorced from her drug addict husband. With her mother deceased and estranged from her father, she leads an independent life. After finding a job in a restaurant, she strikes up a friendship with its attentive manager. She starts having feelings she has never before experienced. These feelings, eventually shared, are shaken when the manager begins to distance himself from her. Thus commences a tumultuous emotional journey.

“Subdued” was selected as best film at the 11th Celebration of Iranian Cinema Critics and Screenwriters in August 2017.

Other films competing in the official section are “Ali, the Goat, and Ibrahim” by Sherif El Bendary and “Kiss Me Not” by Ahmed Amer, both from Egypt, “Happy Birthday” by Christos Georgiou from Greece, “The Dionti Family” by Alan Minas from Brazil and “The Flower of Aleppo” by Ridha Behi from Tunisia.

The festival will be running until January 22.

Source: Tehran Times