Berlin Film Festival Director Highlights New Iranian Film Genre
TEHRAN (FNA)- This year's Iranian entry 'About Elly' (Darbaraye Elly), competing for the top prize at the 59th Berlin Film Festival, highlights a new Iranian film genre, the head of the Berlinale Dieter Kosslick told foreign journalists in Berlin Friday.
"This movie is significantly different from all the Iranian films which we have seen at the Berlinale over the past two, three years. The form of the film has changed. The way it portrays life is different," Kosslick said.
"This movie was not supposed to run in the main competition sector but we found this film so interesting because it is a new Iranian film genre. So we selected it for the competition and it will be featured in a prominent time section, namely in the early phase of the festival," the Islamic republic news agency quoted him as saying.
Kosslick expressed hope that the audience and film critics would "share his opinion."
He stressed Iran's film industry had been undergoing a transformation.
Other Iranian film productions to be showcased at the Berlin Film Festival include 'Niloofar', 'Snow' and 'Letters to the President' which is a documentary about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Of the 26 films vying for the festival's much-coveted 'Golden Bear', 17 are world premieres and include productions from China, Britain, Poland, Uruguay and the United States.
A major theme of the 59th Berlinale is the impact of the global financial and banking crisis on ordinary people, according to Kosslick.