“Wednesday, May 9” competing in Sydney filmfest
Art and Experience: Wednesday, May 9” by Iranian filmmaker Vahid Jalilvand is competing in the 63rd Sydney Film Festival, which is currently underway in the Australian city.
The 102-minute social drama starring Niki Karimi and Amir Aqai tells the story of Jalal, a man who publishes an unusual advertisement in one of Tehran’s morning papers to donate $10,000 to a needy person.
“Wednesday, May 9” won a FIPRESCI Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. It also gained the Golden Puffin for best film at the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) in Iceland in October 2015.
The festival, which will come to an end on June 19, will also screen “Sonita”, a joint production of Iran, Germany and Switzerland.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami, the documentary is about Sonita, an Afghan refugee living in Iran who fights to keep her dream of becoming a rap star alive, while her family attempts to sell her as a bride.