The six Iranian titles to compete in the 66th MIFF include features 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, 'Pig' by Mani Haqiqi, 'Ava' a joint Iran, Qatar, Canada coproduction directed by Sadaf Foroughi, short films 'Ascribed Achievements' by Samaneh Shojaei and 'AniMal' by Bahman and Bahram Ark, as well as short animated piece 'Mr. Deer' by Mojtaba Mousavi.
'Pig' is a riotous Iranian film industry satire about a serial killer beheading famous filmmakers and a director who is outraged he has not been targeted.
'Dressage' narrates the story of Golsa and her friends who decide to rob a corner shop out of boredom. But while evaluating the robbery, they are dismayed to realize that they forgot to take the security camera footage; so one of them must return to the crime scene and retrieve it; a task that falls on Golsa.
Hollywood Reporter reported that 'Dressage' is "Allegorical and unsettling, 'Dressage' might be viewed as an updated 'Crime and Punishment' in which a 16-year-old girl commits a crime, gets away with it, but then finds she's lost her moral bearings in the self-centered, materialistic world of her parents and friends."
'Mr. Deer', which has recently won the Special Animation award at the 28th Animafest Zagreb in Croatia, is a 20-minute stop motion animation which utilizes the puppet technique to narrate a story set in an unknown time, in a ruined subway station which is similar to those in modern European societies. People in this society have animal faces and have forgotten humanity.
Iranian writer-cum-director Foroughi received an honorable mention and the FIPRESCI Prize at TIFF for her tale of teenage rebellion in a strict Muslim society.
MIFF is an annual film festival held in Melbourne, Australia. Running since 1952, MIFF is the leading Australian film event and one of the world's oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin.