‘Tehran: City of Love’ wins at Sofia film festival


A joint production by Iran-UK-Netherlands, ‘Tehran: City of Love,’ directed by Ali Jaberansari, won the Young Jury Award at the 23rd edition of the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The film follows three disenchanted characters in the Iranian capital who yearn for love and a connection. They are a former bodybuilding champion turned personal trainer, an overweight beauty clinic secretary, and a dispirited religious singer who tries his luck at becoming a wedding singer, Mehr News Agency reported.

‘Tehran: City of Love’ is the second film by Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Jaberansari, who is based in London and is a graduate of the London Film School.

The film was produced by Babak Jalali through his company, Here & There Productions – Jalali is the filmmaker behind Radio Dreams, which won Rotterdam’s Tiger award in 2016 and was also handled by Reel Suspects (Jaberansari was assistant director on that project).

The film stars Forough Qajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir-Hessam Bakhtiar and Behnaz Jafari.

The biggest film festival in Bulgaria, the Sofia International Film Festival was founded in 1997, attracting more than 85,000 spectators annually, according to the event’s website.

The 23rd edition of the festival is held from March 7 to 28 in Sofia, Bulgaria.


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