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New move is needed to develop Iranian spiritual cinema: Milani

TEHRAN, May 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani said that Iranian cinema requires a new move to improve its spiritual film genre.

"The concept of the spiritual film has turned out be trite and superficial in Iranian cinema and a new move is needed to end this status," Milani told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday.

"We should update the concepts in this genre in order to keep the connection with our filmgoers," she added.

She cited the example of French aviator Antoine de Saint Exupéry's most famous novella "The Little Prince" and added, "In my opinion, even the spirituality of the 'The Little Prince' is too old for today."

Milani described her latest film "Superstar" as a modern film with rapid rhythm, which features human meanings and the concept of life.

The film, which is based on a novel by Herman Hesse, tells the story of superstar, who is proud of his achievements. He meets a teen girl who changes his life.

Starring Shahab Hosseini, Fattaneh Malek-Mohammadi, Fariba Kowsari, Nasrin Moqanlu, Afsaneh Bayegan, Reza Rashidpur, Elsa Firuz-Azar, and Leila Zare', the film is currently being edited by Mastaneh Mohajer.

Milani has been labeled as the feminist filmmaker of Iranian cinema due to her women-centered films.

"I want neither to exaggerate the women's problem nor to back them up in my films when I focus on the women's issues," she noted.

"I just want to provide a right social balance and a better relationship between man and woman in the family," she added.

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