0431 GMT January 23, 2020
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 alone together without a third party presence, ifilmtv.com reported.
Written by Marjan Riahi, the film’s cast is made up of actors Linda Kiani, Alireza Sanifar, Salar Khamseh, and Sanaz Mesbah.
The movie is in Persian with English subtitles.
The short has previously competed at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland, the Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia, the Tribeca Film Festival in the US, and the Edmonton International Film Festival in Canada.
The film won the best short film at the 22nd edition of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, the best non-Irish short award at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival in Ireland, the Golden Apricot for best short film at the 16th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, the Special Jury Award at the 13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights (FIWOM) in South Korea, and best short drama at the 13th edition of the ‘I Will Tell International Film Festival’ in London.
The 12th edition of the Elles Tournent Festival is dedicated to films made by women.
The festival will be held January 23-26.