Source: Tehran Times
The 27th edition of the International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults will be inaugurated today in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. Seventy-five films from 40 countries are scheduled to be screened in various sections of the festival, the Public Relations Office of the Festival said in a press release on Sunday.
The films are coming from Argentine, Australia, Italy, India, Poland, Taiwan, Canada, Turkey, France, Russia and elsewhere.
Three Iranian films and 11 movies by foreign directors will go on screen in the international section of the festival.
The lineup includes "IraEskil& Trinidad" by Stephan Apelgren from Sweden, "Oshin" by Shin Togashi from Japan and "Satellite Boy" by Catriona McKenzie from Australia.
Also among the highlights are "House with a Turret" by Eva Neymann from Ukraine, "Patty's Ketchup" by Tina von Traben from Germany and "The Mysterious Boy" by DrazenZarkovic from Croatia.
A group of Iranian and international cineastes are also expected to attend the festival, which will be running until October 11.
Moreover, the statue of origami cranes, a traditional symbol of luck in Japan that has been popularized as a peace symbol, will be unveiled at the Imam Hossein Square in Isfahan on the opening day.
Commissioned by Farabi Cinema Foundation, the cranes were made by Mohammad Purtaleb.
Japanese peace activist Masahiro Sasaki and a number of Japanese children are expected to attend the festival.
Masahiro is the older brother of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died as a result of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945. Sadako (1943-1955) was diagnosed with leukemia, which developed as a result of the radiation from the atomic bomb.
She spent her time in a nursing home creating origami cranes in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would then be granted a wish.
Her wish was simply to live. However, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any more, and died on the morningof October 25, 1955. Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes.
In addition, 10 provinces across the country including Semnan, Qazvin, Yazd, Gilan, Kerman and Markazi will be screening the films participating in the festival.
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