Iranian director Puya Badkubeh’s debut drama “Dressage” has been nominated for best film while the film’s star Negar Moqaddam received a nomination for best actress at the 21st Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, the organizers have announced.
The film is competing in the Asian New Talent Award section of the festival, which will be held from June 16 to 25.
“Blue Amber” and “The Road Not Taken” both from China, “Born Bone Born” from Japan and “Guang” from Malaysia will be screened in the section.
“Dressage” is about Golsa and her friends who rob a corner shop. But while evaluating the booty, they are dismayed to realize that they forgot to take the security camera footage. One of them must return to the crime scene and retrieve it. The vote falls on Golsa, who bravely completes the mission. Her friends’ behavior makes her think, and she hides the hard drive somewhere in secret. But her accomplices and their well-to-do families, worried about their social standing, put more and more pressure on Golsa.
“Hattrick” by Iranian director Ramtin Lavvafi will be screened in the official competition of the festival. Seven other films, including “Friday’s Child” by American director A.J. Edwards and “The Way to Mandalay” by Ole Bornedal from Denmark, will also compete for a Golden Goblet in this section.
Cover photo: Negar Moqaddam acts in a scene from “Dressage”