FILM – Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s ‘The Silence’ wins multiple Oscar qualifying Film Festival Awards

Joint directors Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s must-see live action short film The Silence has been selected for over 400 film festivals around the world and won many prestigious film awards, including Oscar-qualifying awards at Leeds International Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. The film stars Fatma Alakus, Cahide Ozel and Valentina Carnelutti (Medici: Masters of Florence) and shares a strong social message.

Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother, but she keeps silent.

Female Middle Eastern Co-director Farnoosh Samadi wrote More Than Two Hours, directed by Ali Asgari and was nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes and The Baby, which premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival. She co-wrote her first feature film Disappearance with Ali Asgari, the film premiered in competition at Venice Orizzonti and had its Northern American premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. The Silence is her first short, the film had its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Co-director Ali Asgari began his career as an assistant director and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus. His short film More Than Two Hours was in competition at Cannes and Sundance Film Festival. His short film The Baby was premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival 2014. His films have screened at more than 600 festivals around the world and won more than 150 international awards. Asgari recently directed his first feature Disappearance. The Silence is the first film he made outside of Iran.

Some of the many awards this exciting live-action short film has won include the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince International Short Film Award at Leeds International Film Festival, the Oscar-qualifying Best Short Film award at Hamptons International Film Festival, Best European Short Film at Flickerfest, Best Diversity Award at Hollyshorts, Best Short Film at The Wrap Annual ShortList and more.

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