Art and Experience: Cineastes from Italy, France, Malaysia and Iran will judge films competing in the international section of the 6th International Urban Film Festival, the organizers have announced.

One of the members is U-Wei Bin Haji Saari, the director of “The Arsonist”, the first Malaysian film screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995.

The other member is Italian Stefania Girolami Goodwin, an assistant director and actress known for “Empire Records”, “Super Mario Bros” and “A Pure Formality”.

Samy Naceri, the French actor known for his collaboration in the French action-comedy series “Taxi” by Gerard Krawczyk, Gerard Pires, is also included.

Majid Majidi, the Iranian director of acclaimed movie “Muhammad (S), the Messenger of God”, and Merila Zarei, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “A Separation”, are the two Iranian members of the panel.

A rich lineup of nine features and 13 short films will be competing in the international section of the festival taking place at Tehran’s Mellat Cinema Complex from July 31 to August 5.

Among the feature films are “Chronicle of a Passion” by Fabrizio Cattani from Italy, “News from Planet Mars” by Dominik Moll from France, “Power to Change” by Carl A Fechner from Germany and “Three Days till the Spring” by Alexander Kasatkin from Russia.

“Mousse” by John Hellberg from Sweden, “Transit” by Oliver Kracht from Germany, “Vida” by Daniel Yepez from Colombia, “The Silence” by Farnush Samadi and Ali Asgari from France and Italy, and “Happy without Money” by Mahyar Hamidian from Germany are among the shorts selected for the event.

In addition, “Awakening City” by Fernando Ramos from Brazil, “Parks” by Natsuki Seta from Japan and a film by a Russian director are scheduled to be reviewed in a special section.

Source: Tehran Times