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TEHRAN.(Irnaart) – The 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 10–19.

The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for the 45th edition including two films from Iran’s cinema. “Bandar Band” by Iranian filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat and “180 Degree Rule” by Farnoosh Samadi will be competing in the Toronto International Film Festival this year, the organizers have announced.

In “180 Degree Rule”, a teacher from Tehran makes a choice that changes her family’s structure and puts her on a painful path to atonement.

Samadi is the director of “Gaze”, a short film that has been acclaimed at numerous international film events. 

Hekmat is director of the controversial 2002 drama “Women’s Prison” and 2018 “Old Road”.

Her “Bandar Band” is about some Iranian women singers who are going to enter an unofficial competition in a coffee shop in Tehran. 

Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband, and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. 

They still keep their hopes alive, however, every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.

Spike Lee’s “David Byrne’s American Utopia” will open the festival this year.

Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland”, Francis Lee’s “Ammonite”, Vinterberg’s “Another Round,” Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy” and Mexican-Canadian director Nicolas Pereda’s “Fauna” are among the films selected to screen in the festival.

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” Suzanne Lindon’s “Spring Blossom” and Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers” are also included.



Manijeh Hekmat Farnoosh Samadi Toronto International Film Festival
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