TEHRAN – Iranian films “Ocean Behind the Window” and “Kites” will compete in the different sections of the 8th Zero Plus (0+) International Film Festival in Siberia, Russia.
Babak Nabizadeh’s “Ocean behind the window” will be screened in the feature film competition.
The film centers on a small isolated island where people live in difficult conditions. Borhan is a teenager who made the interesting decision to help his family and introduce the island. He gathers a group, organizes a carnival and performs traditional music and theater for tourists. Their lives on the island are improving and more and more tourists are coming, but there is a big problem on the way.
The film was chosen as Best Children’s Feature at the 13th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco in 2020.
Directed by Seyyed Payam Hosseini “The Kites” is competing in the short section of the Zero Plus festival.
The film tells the story of a young girl whose kite flies along the Iraqi-Iranian border in Kurdistan. She calls three boys for help. However, children are not only separated by a river, but also by the explosive legacy of past wars.
It was screened in the Generation section of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February and March 2020.
The eighth edition of the Zero Plus festival will take place in Tyumen in the Russian region of Siberia from September 26 to October 3.
The event is organized annually by the Life & Business Creativity Development Foundation, the Federation of Contemporary Art Non-Governmental Organizations and the Russian Association of Cinema Educators.
The festival aims to promote and popularize high quality films, which foster a positive, creative and formative worldview among children and young people.
It also aims to strengthen common traditional human values such as friendship, family, creativity, profession and nature.
The festival also tries to link cinema and education through the formation of a collection of value-oriented films and the realization of educational screenings in schools, cultural and social institutions in Russia.
Photo: A poster for “The Ocean Behind the Window” by Iranian director Babak Nabizadeh.
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