Three Iranian films will go on screen at the 40th
Portland International Film
Festival, which will be held February 9-25, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
"Life+1 Day" by Saeid Rustai and "Parting", a joint production of Iran and
Afghanistan by Navid Mahmudi will go on screen in the New Directors section, in
which new and emerging filmmakers represent the new generation of master
storytellers. In addition, "Starless Dreams", a documentary by Mehrdad
Oskui will be screened in the Documentary Views category of the festival.
"Life+1 Day" is about a young girl, Somayeh, from a poor family who is contemplating whether she should leave her family to marry a rich Afghan or to stay with them and continue her attempts to mend her broken family. Her older brother, who is a recovering addict, urges her to leave, while her younger brother, who is still a user, asks her to stay and not to give up on her family.
"Parting" is about teenage lovers Nabi and Fereshteh who are separated by her family's flight from Afghanistan. After years apart, Nabi decides to find Fereshteh and risk the hardship of flight and resettlement in Europe with a hope of a better life.
The documentary, "Starless Dreams", which has been awarded at many international events, shows the lives of seven young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and detention center on the outskirts of Tehran.
Navid Mahmoudi's debut feature is a migration story that has not only war, but love at its core. Fereshteh and Nabi are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Tehran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find her, and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life. They meet with the human traffickers who arrange their illegal passage to Europe and embark on a bitter trail in search of a better life. Mahmoudi's timely story summons clarity of feeling about a puzzling and painful world. In Persian and Dari with English subtitles.
Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of teenage girls at a juvenile
detention center on the of Tehran. The seemingly innocent young women reveal,
with surprising candor, the circumstances behind their incarceration-from pick
pocketing, drug dealing, and bank robbery to patricide. As these young women
share their stories, hopes, and dreams, perhaps it is the crimes against them,
and what they have to look forward to, that are the most moving. "Roger Ebert
once called the movies 'a machine that generates empathy,' and Starless
Dreams...is just such a machine. With the conceptual rigor and emotional
directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to
the stories of those who have never been listened to before."-Variety. In Farsi
with English subtitles.
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