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"A Light in the Fog" highlights waiting: director

TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (Mehr News Agency) -- The subject of waiting is focused on in "A Light in the Fog", director Panahbarkhoda Rezaii said. "The main themes of the film are waiting and man's loneliness which have been painstakingly depicted in fascinating natural landscapes," Rezaii stated.

This was said in answer to a critic's comment on the very slow rhythm of the film during a review session held for the movie on Friday evening at Tehran's Sahra Cinema.

This is Rezaii's debut feature-length film, which is competing at the First Film Directors Section of the 26th Fajr International Film Festival currently underway in Tehran.

"I don't agree with the word 'slow' -- perhaps, calm would be much better," Rezaii noted.

"If the film wants to highlight the subject of waiting, then this feeling should be expressed through the calmness of the film's rhythm," he explained.

The film, which has been shot amidst the beautiful scenery of northern Iran, is about Rana, who is waiting for her husband to return from the warfront. She takes care of her old father and helps him by fixing the lights in his shop.

According to Rezaii, he and his cameraman had previously viewed many paintings -- most of them created by celebrated Iranian and world artists -- in order to produce a film that would be reminiscent of a beautiful tableau.

"The topic of the film was very apparent to the shooting crew and they fell to work like a group of skilful painters," Rezaii said.

"Rezaii and I spent almost two years talking about the film," the film's cameraman Ali-Mohammad Qasemi said in the review session.

"Despite all the difficulties, I wanted to undertake this unique work. The film has a very particular atmosphere which gives the impression of painting," he explained.

"In order to achieve this quality we avoided making any extra moves with the camera. The film's main quality is the portrayal of a perfect atmosphere rather than the narration of a particular story," he added.

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