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76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami at the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival

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After Taking Part in More than 40 International Festivals

76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami at the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival


The Iranian documentary 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami by director Seifollah Samadian is competing in the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (March 2-8) within the Long Documentary Competition, marking the film's Egyptian premiere after taking part in over 40 international festivals.

Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF) is a non-profit cultural event organized by the Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts, with the contribution and support of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, The Ministry of Youth and Sports, The General Authority for Tourism Development and the South Sinai Governorate. This edition, the Festival is hosting an annual competition for filmmakers aiming to lead the way in introducing Asian cinema to the Arab world. The SAFF will feature a number of interesting programs, including gala events, open-air screenings, workshops, and seminars, all attended by the industry's leading filmmakers.

The film previously won the Best Documentary Award at the Iranian Film Festival, UK, and it participated in numerous international festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival, Rome Asian Film Festival, Montreal New Cinema Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Belgrade International Film Festival, Iranian Film Festival in Washington DC, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, and Dubai International Film Festival.

The film traces the life of late Iranian director Seifollah Samadian who passed away in Paris in 2016 at the age of 76 years and 15 days. Director Seifollah Samadian shares 76 minutes and 15 seconds of undiscovered moments of his friend Abbas Kiarostami's life and work. This is a portrait of an artist, whose exceptional approach to art and life defined him as one of the most ardent admirers of life itself. It reflects Kiarostami's simplistic cinematic technique and reveals his unique sense of humor.

Directed by Seifollah Samadian, who also appears in the film, the cast also includes Abbas Kiarostami and French actress Juliette Binoche, and famous Iranian directors Masoud Kimiai, Jafar Panahi, Alireza Raisian. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.

Born in Oroumieh, Iran, Seifollah Samadian is a graduate of English Literature. He started his career as a photographer in 1968 and he became a documentary filmmaker in 1978. He's been involved as a jury member and curator of photo exhibitions in numerous national and international events. He also conducted several workshops in different events and platforms.

Screening Times of 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds at the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (+2 GMT)

Tuesday, March 5, at 01:00 PM (Pyramisa Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh)
Thursday, March 7, at 11:00 AM (Hatshepsut - Pyramisa Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh)