0445 GMT January 19, 2020
'Leaf of Life', directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari, will take part in the 'Spiritual Films' section, 'Lina' by Ramin Rasouli and 'Azar' by Mohammad Hamzei will be screened in the 'Cinema of the World' section, while 'Appendix', directed by Hossein Mazaei, will compete in the 'Asian Cinema' section.
'Azar', which is Iranian actress Niki Karimi's second production after 'Night Shift', tells the story of a woman whose husband is in jail as she tries to run her café restaurant. The main character also strives to get her husband out of prison, but things do not go quite as expected.
Iranian feature 'Old Road', directed by Manijeh Hekmat, also was selected to compete in the 17th DIFF, slated for January 10-18.
The film premiered in Iranian cinema halls in September 2018.
'Old Road' narrates the story of a woman who faces challenges right on the eve of Iranian new year, Norouz.
The flick which is Hekmat's fourth feature film was the only work directed by a female director to take part in the competition section of 36th Fajr Film Festival in Iran.
Notable among 'Old Road' cast are Atila Pesyani, Mahtab Keramati, Tarlan Parvaneh, Mohammadreza Ghaffari, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Leili Rashidi, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Behnaz Jafari, Pouria Rahimi-Sam and Parviz Pour-Hosseini.
Iranian short 'One Kilogram of Fly Wings', directed by Reza Sobhani also has been selected to compete in the 17th DIFF.
The film examines Iranian problems and disadvantages of marriage conditions such as people who have been imprisoned for being unable to afford the payment to the bride in case of a divorce.
Established in 1992, the DIFF is one of the most prestigious film events in Bangladesh, dedicated to introduce the mainstream global cinema to the local filmmakers as well as to promote healthy cine culture within Bangladesh.
The 17th DIFF, themed 'Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society', will feature some 170 films by filmmakers from about 60 countries.
Various competition sections will be held at the DIFF, highlighting a wide range of interests from Asian to international cinema, children's films, women filmmakers, short and independent films, and spiritual films.