Iran: the film “Third World War” selected for the Oscars

The film “Third World War” by Iranian director Houman Seyyedi, winner at the last Venice Film Festival, has been chosen to represent the Islamic Republic at the next Oscars, announced the Farabi Film Foundation.

“After viewing 75 films, the selection committee unanimously chose Jang-e Jahani Sevom (Third World War, in Persian) to represent Iranian cinema” at the prestigious American competition, the foundation said in a statement.

This is the story of Chakib, a homeless worker who becomes by chance the actor of a film about the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, according to the website of the Venice Film Festival.

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The director of the film, Houman Seyyedi, 41, won the Orizzonti prize for best film for this work at the 79th Venice International Film Festival which ended on September 10.

Also an actor and screenwriter, he also won the prize for best interpretation and best screenplay at the Fajr film festival in Tehran in 2014 and 2017.

The committee chose the film in particular for “its high technical level, its exceptional production and its innovative script”, indicated to the official agency Irna, Parviz Sheikhtadi, spokesperson for the selection committee.

Since 1994, the Farabi Foundation selects almost every year an Iranian film to participate in the Oscars.

The famous Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has twice won the Oscar for best foreign film, in 2011 for “A separation” then in 2017 for “The Client”, a French co-production.

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Iran: the film “Third World War” selected for the Oscars