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Iranian filmmaker's cast honored at Rome festival


Source: Radio Zamaneh

The entire cast of the film Acrid (Gass) by Iranian director Kiarash Asadizadeh was awarded the best emerging actor honour at the eighth Rome Film Festival.

The film cast includes Pantea Panahi, Roya Javidnia, Ehsan Amani, Shabnam Moghadami, Mahana Normohammadi, Sima Mobarakshahi, Baharan Baniahmadi, Siamak Safari, Mani Gandomkaer and Arsham Talebi.

Tir, a documentary by Albert Fasulo, became the first Italian film to win the Golden Marcus Aurelius award.

Veteran Iranian director Amir Naderi, who's based in New York, was one of the jurors at this year's festival.

The 10-day event was attended by an estimated 120,000 people and wrapped up on Saturday.


Iran | 2013 | 94 min. | Colour


Soheila and Jalal are a married, middle-aged couple whose relationship is in trouble because of Jalal’s irresponsible behaviour. Azar is Jalal’s secretary in the doctor’s office; she’s thinking of divorcing her husband, Khosro, the father of her two children. Khosro, a teacher in a driving school, happens to be dating one of his students, Simin, who’s two years older than him and teaches at the university. In one of her chemistry classes there’s a student named Mahsa, whose fiance has cheated on her too. Director's statement Many years ago, my people were about all their family. ‘Family’ and ‘spouse’ were very respectful words, full of love. But now, after many years, the foundation of the family have become shaky, which is half society’s fault and half the family’s. All these concerns prompted me to make my first feature film called Acrid. This film only partially represents Iranian families today. It neither diagnoses nor necessarily solves any problems; Its purpose is only to warn those families who are not aware that some of their innocent members risk becoming the victims of other members of the family who are violent or morally lacking. In my view, whatever goes around, comes around, and Acrid is based on the same philosophy. Hopefully it will hit home and make us to realize what we are doing and where we are going.


Direction: Kiarash Asadizadeh
Screenplay: Kiarash Asadizadeh
Cinematography: Majid Gorjian
Editing: Kiarash Asadizadeh
Production Design: Kiarash Asadizadeh
Costumes Design: Melodi Ali Esmaeili
Music: Ankido Darash
Sound: Vahid Moghadasi
Cast: Roya Javidnia, Ehsan Amani, Pantea Panahiha, Saber Abar, Shabnam Moghadami, Mahsa Alafar, Mahana Noormohammadi, Sadaf Ahmadi, Nawal Sharifi, Mohammadreza Ghaffari

Kiarash Asadizadeh

Born in Teheran in 1981, Asadizadeh was the youngest son in a middle-class family. He began making short films in 2001. He has written and directed 8 shorts and over 700 television commercials. Acrid is his first feature-length film.

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