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Fajr Film Festival to narrate Sinaii's "Tale"

TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- The old hand of screen Khosro Sinaii's "Like a Tale" will be competing for Simorgh (the most prestigious Iranian cinematic award) at the upcoming 25th Fajr International Film Festival.

Khosro Sinaii

"Like a Tale" is to be screened at the Iranian Cinema Competition Section of the event which will be held here from Feb. 1 to 11.

Sinaii's last competition at the festival backs to the 18th edition where he won a Simorgh for the best screenplay for his movie "The Bride of the Fire".

The hit stars Hamid Farrokhnejad who earned a Simorgh for best supporting actor.

"Like a Tale", tentatively entitled "The Blood Desert", is based on the theme of Sacred Defense (1980-88 Iran-Iraq war) and is mostly set in a village near Iranian southern city of Bushehr.

"I wrote the screenplay in 1982. However, the situation wasn't proper to make the film at that time, he once said during an interview with ISNA.

"Finally I rewrote the screenplay and began shooting the movie two years ago, he added.

Casting the local amateurs, the film tells the story of three Iraqi soldiers who mistakenly enter an Iranian village where they become familiar with a boy living with his grandfather.

The 64-year-old Sinaii has studied directing and screenplay writing at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna.

He made his directorial debut with the film "Viva". His other credits include "In the Valleys of Love", "The Elegy of Love", and "The Inner Monster".

Sinaii also has mania for making documentary, including "The Melody Which an Antique Hears", "Beyond the Clamor", "The Coldness of Iron", "Haj Mossavvar al-Maleki", and "Hossein Yavari".

Sinaii emphasized that he is not obsessed by making a feature-length movie.

"I just want a work to turn out well even if it lasts just five minutes."

The veteran of Iranian cinema was also honored during the opening gala of last year's Fajr festival where his docudrama "Talking with a Shadow" was screened at the Non-Competition Section.

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