CZECH REPUBLIC: Iranian film in competition in one of Eastern Europe's largest film festivalRecord ID: 313613
- Title: CZECH REPUBLIC: Iranian film in competition in one of Eastern Europe's largest film festival
- Date: 9th July 2010
- Summary: KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC (JULY 6, 2010) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THERMAL HOTEL WHERE FESTIVAL IS TAKING PLACE WIDE OF SPA TOWN OF KARLOVY VARY BANNER FOR IRANIAN FILM "THERE ARE THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW" VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE FESTIVAL VENUE ACTORS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS TO FANS AT PRESS CENTRE DIRECTOR OF IRANIAN FILM "THERE ARE THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW" FARDIN SAHEB ZAMANI ARRIVING PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES ZAMANI SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS ACTRESS IN FILM LEILA HATAMI WITH HER CHILD ZAMANI POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES (SOUINDBITE) (Farsi) DIRECTOR OF IRANIAN FILM "THERE ARE THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW", FARDIN SAHEB ZAMANI, SAYING THROUGH TRANSLATOR: "This is a film about a taxi driver doing his job and meeting daily with many people from different parts of society, this is the story." ACTRESS LEILA HATAMI POSING FOR PICTURES PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES / HATAMI SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS
- Reuters ID: LVACZALJ6AUF40JQVBE6Y326J08
- Location: Czech Republic
- Country: Czech Republic
- Duration: 00:01:11
- Story Text: The 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opened its doors to the public in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary, this year showcasing more than 200 films.
The film festival, one of the largest and most prestigious in the Central and Eastern European region, featured an Iranian film as one of 12 official selections in the competitions category.
"There Are Things You Don't Know" is the only film from the Middle East to feature in the festival, which kicked-off on Friday (July 2).
The film's director, Fardin Saheb Zamani, graduated from Tehran University of Arts and has since made three short films. The drama "There Are Things You Don't Know" is his director-writer debut.
"This is a film about a taxi driver doing his job and meeting daily with many people from different parts of society, this is the story," said Zamani.
The film tells the story of a quiet night shift taxi driver who works the streets of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where he meets a wide cross-section of people. His life becomes intertwined with one of his passengers, a lonely woman by the name of Leila. The relationship rakes up parts of his past life, uncovering deeply buried traumas.
Cast members were also at the festival.
"When I first read the script, I was against it and I had problems with some details in the script. I was asking the director to change them but he was not willing to do so. Anyway, while making the film the co-operation was not very difficult because we have been friends for many years. We co-operated well and I was following his directions, as a good actress. Now I hope it is a good film, even though I haven't seen it yet," said actress Leila Hatami, who plays the role of Leila.
Another cast member, Iranian actor Ali Mosafa, who plays the role of the taxi driver, believes the film will be a success.
"I can't predict the future, but I think this film will be successful. Even the fact that the film was selected for competition in this festival is already a success," he said.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2011. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Embargoed:24th July 2010 13:00
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None