The film received eligibility after publicly screening for one week at Arena Cinelounge Hollywood in Los Angeles, California in the US.
Riahi’s film narrates the story of Bahareh, who, according to Iranian law, must have her traditional, chauvinistic husband accompany her during driving lessons so that she and her instructor are not left together without a third party presence.
The cast of the film includes Linda Kiani, Alireza Sanifar, Salar Khamseh, and Sanaz Mesbah.
The film has previously won the Special Jury Award at the 13th Film Festival for Women's Rights (FIWOM) in South Korea, as well as the award for best short drama at the 13th edition of the ‘I Will Tell International Film Festival’ in London.
According to regulations of the Academy Awards, eligibility of short films for Oscar consideration requires either public screening for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in either Los Angeles County or the City of New York, for a run of at least seven consecutive days; or, the film must have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival; or, the film must have won a gold, silver or bronze medal award in the Academy’s 2019 Student Academy Awards competition.
Other Iranian shorts eligible for the Oscar nod include ‘Tattoo’, directed by Farhad Delaram, ‘Funfair’ by Kaveh Mazaheri, and ‘Pedovore’ by Mohammad Kart.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony is slated to be held on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.