TEHRAN (IFILM) -- ‘The Wasteland’ has been selected to compete at the 10th edition of the Iranian Film Festival Australia.
Directed by Ahmad Bahrami and produced by Saeed Bashiri, the 102-minute movie is set in a remote brick factory that produces bricks in an ancient way.
Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems.
Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as a go-between for the workers and the boss.
The boss asks Lotfollah to gather all the workers in front of his office to talk with them about the shutdown of the factory.
Now, the only issue that has occupied Lotfollah’s mind is to keep Sarvar, the woman he has been in love with for a long time, unharmed.
The cast list of the film includes Ali Baqeri, Farrokh Nemati, Mehdi Nassaj, Majid Farhang, and Mahdieh Nassaj.
‘The Wasteland’ received the best film awards at the Subversive Film Festival in Croatia and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
It has also gone on screen at global events such as the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden and the Orizzonti Competition Section of the Venice International Film Festival in Italy, where it won the Best Film Award, FIPRESCI Award, and FAI Foundation Award.
The movie was selected among the 25 Best Asian Films of 2020 by the Asian Movie Pulse website and won Wild Dreamer Award for Best Feature Film at the 13th Subversive International Film Festival in Croatia.
The Iranian Film Festival Australia helps better familiarize the Australian audience with Iranian culture, featuring Iranian stories in movie theaters in the various cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra.
The 2021 edition of the event will be held online and in-person on May 20–June 30.