The Fajr Film Festival’s reach extends beyond the event itself—movie theaters in Iran, seeking to follow the energy of the awards, are expanding screenings for several films in the hopes of leveraging their buzz for increased box office takes.
Three films in particular will have sustained availability to Iran’s moviegoers: Beyond The Clouds, No Date, No Signature, and Amir-Ahmad Ansari’s Rabies. In regards to the former two, we’ve written about them rather extensively, but Rabies is new to our film reportage.
Aside from offering us the opportunity to read some marvelous double-take headlines (i.e. “Istanbul to host Iran’s ‘Rabies,’” courtesy of Mehr News), Rabies was originally produced back around 2015, but toured some festivals more recently, including London, Montreal, and at Tanzania’s Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) last year.
A dramatic story involving gambling and organized crime, the film stars Jamshid Hashempour, one of Iran’s most prolific working actors, in Ahmad Ansari’s fourth feature.
Cover image: No Date, No Signature