TEHRAN, Feb. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Khosro Masumi, director of "The Wind Blows in the Grassland" attended a question and answer panel on Sunday here at the Sahra Cinema Hall.
He expressed his pleasure over having had the opportunity to work on favorite stories from his childhood.
He went on to say, "I first made 'The Tradition of Killing a Lover', continued with 'Somewhere Too Far' and concluded with 'The Wind Blows in the Grassland'.
Masumi went on to say that the three stories take place in the northern region of Iran which was the home of his ancestors. He added that the inhabitants of these forest lands always encounter the huge problem of illegal tree felling.
On his choice of rural locations rather than cities for his movies, he explained, "Stories pertaining to rural regions are not monotonous. They involve complex social issues and are able to attract many viewers."
When asked why characters in this movie do not meet with death as happens in his previous works, he answered that he had been shocked by the reaction of young people to his previous movies, "They told me that I have no right to kill off the heroes, so I decided to make my story a bit softer this time."
Masumi complained about the bad acoustics of the cinema hall and said, "I always feel under stress when my movies are to go on screen for critics. We worked for 40 days on the movie's sound effects but still the result was not good or clear."
Actress Elnaz Shakerdust, also participating in the session, explained her role in the movie, saying, "After reading through the screenplay, I tried my best to depict the role of a girl with a slight rural accent".
Stage and costume designer Human Mansuri, and actors Hossein Abedini and Kurosh Juybari also attended the session.
"The Wind Blows in the Grassland" was screened in the national competition section of the 26th Fajr International Film Festival.
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