Iranian films in the spotlight at Religion Today festival

TEHRAN – Iranian films “Holy Bread”, “I Won’t Remain Alone” and “Congenital” won awards in different categories at the 24th edition of the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy.

The closing ceremony of the festival, which took place in the city of Trento, was held on Thursday.

“Holy Bread” directed by Rahim Zabihi won the award for best documentary.

The film tells the story of the difficult life of people who smuggle to support their families. Because of this, they are forced to trudge through the mountains, putting their lives in danger. The father of the family can be swept away by an avalanche or hit by the bullets of a soldier.

“I Won’t Remain Alone” received the award for best documentary short.

Directed by Yaser Talebi, in this documentary, an elderly couple with disabilities living in a small village in northern Iran face unfathomable tragedy when their youngest son falls into a coma after an accident. Defying Islamic burial traditions, overcoming bureaucratic issues and turning devastation into hope, the parents agree to donate their son’s organs. Five years after their brave decision, a film crew visits them and records their slow path to reconciliation with death – or rather, their knowledge of eternal life.

“Congenital” co-directed by Saman Hosseinpur and Ako Zandkarimi won the Film for Our Future category award.

“Esau”, a Russian-Israeli-British drama by Pavel Lungin, was selected as best film.

“Diversity” by Martina Huismann and Marc Eggers from Germany won the award for best short film.

The Spirit of Faith Grand Prize went to “Man of God” by Yelena Popovic of the United States.

The film depicts the trials and tribulations of Saint Nektarios of Aegina, as he endures the unjust hatred of his enemies while preaching the Word of God.

Elaheh Nobakht, the producer of the acclaimed Iranian documentary “Beloved”, was a jury member for the 24th Religion Today Film Festival.

Photo: A scene from “Holy Bread” directed by Rahim Zabihi.


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