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Sixteen foreign films to compete at Fajr Festival


TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Sixteen foreign entries will be competing for Simorghs (the most prestigious Iranian cinematic award) at the International Competition Section of the 25th Fajr International Film Festival to be held here from Feb. 1 to 11.

Contenders have come together from various countries, including Britain, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Brazil, France, India, Spain, and China.

"The Illusionist" directed by Neil Berger, "The Aura" by Fabian Bielinsky, "Say Hello to Father" by Fernando Vargas Villazon, "River Queen" by Vincent Ward, "Sophie Scholl: the Final Days" by Marc Rothemund, "Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures" by Marcelo Gomez, "The Hostage" by Laila Pakalnina are some of the films.

In addition, 11 short films from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Britain, Morocco, the U.S., Canada, and Lebanon have also entered the section.

The festival will also play host to 13 movies at the Spiritual Films Completion Section.

The films include India's "Black" by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Poland's "Debt Collector" by Felix Falk, "The Legend of Lucy Keyes" by John Stimpson and "The Wicker Man" by Neil LaBute from the U.S., France's "The Plane" by Cedric Kahn, Thailand's "Journey from the Fall" by Mona Nahm, and Japan's "The Professor and His Beloved Equation" by Takashi Koizumi.

Besides the above, three yet unknown Iranian films will vie for Simorghs for best director, film, and screenplay at the section.

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