TEHRAN – Iranian editor Hayedeh Safiyari has been selected as a member of a jury to judge first feature films at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.
She is a fellow of the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences and is best known for her long-standing collaborations with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose “A Separation” and “The Salesman” received the Oscar for Best Picture in foreign language. .
She has edited more than 90 feature films and several documentaries during her thirty-year career.
Most of the edits she has made have been made for world-renowned filmmakers such as Bahram Beizai, Reza Dormishian and Mani Haqiqi.
Guatemalan director and producer Jayro Bustamante is the jury president of the Tallinn Black Nights First Feature Competition, which runs November 12-28.
Icelandic filmmaker Elfar Adalsteins, Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Luxembourg producer and distributor Paul Thiltges are other members of the jury.
Panah Panahi’s “Hit the Road” is the only Iranian film competing in the category.
They are a chaotic and tender family, who take a road trip through a rugged landscape, but where? In the backseat, daddy has a broken leg, but is it really broken? Mom tries to laugh when she can’t hold back tears. The kid continues to explode in a choreographed car karaoke. They all get busy for the sick dog and get angry at each other. Only the mysterious older brother is silent.
In addition, the Iranian drama âKilling the Eunuch Khanâ, written and directed by Abed Abest, will be screened in official competition.
In this film, set during the Iran-Iraq War, a father lives with his two daughters in a large, strangely haunted house in an almost deserted town near the border.
One day, he leaves the girls alone at home to participate in a funeral ceremony. That same day, the city was hit by a bombardment, and a bomb fell in his garden. From that moment on, a kind of ghostly vibration upsets its own reality, and the world of the dead seems to merge with the world of the living.
The Iranian drama “Orthodontics” directed by Mohammadreza Mayqani has been selected to be screened in Rebels With Their Shorts 2, and “The Fourth Wall” by Iranian director Mahbubeh Kalai will be screened in the Short Animation Competition 4.
Photo: Editor Hayedeh Safiyari in an undated photo.
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