As reported by the festival’s public relations office, 24 films from six Caspian Sea littoral states will vie in the international section of this edition of the festival.
The 9th Varesh International Film Festival features films made by Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan in the 'Common Heritage' section (Persian language), along with, Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan under the category of 'Natural Heritage' (Caspian Sea).
The titles of films that made it into to the competition section of the festival are:
From the Republic of Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani Mugam directed by Emin Mirabdullayev, Azerbaijan Carpet by Shamil Aliyev, Winged Miracle by Zahra Mirzazadeh, and Azerbaijani Cuisine by Shamil Najafzadeh.
From Afghanistan: The Weaver directed by Mohammad Ayrik, Drop directed by Ghulam Yahya Jafari, Pale White directed by Ghulamreza Jafari, The Symphony of Tolibhon Shahidi’s Time by Alexio, and Ancient Land of Azar by Samiollah Atayi.
From Iran: The Iron Dreams by Yasser Talebi, Takleef: the Day of Duty by Ali Khoshduni Farahani, Lotus by Mohammadreza Vatandoost, The Myth of Haftvad Worm by Asghar Saffar and Abbas Jalali Yekta, and The Legendary Mythical by Mahboubeh Tabayi Aghdayi.
From Tajikistan: A Door to God by Maruf Noyoft, Solidream: Aspirations of the Pamir by Brian Mathé, Morgan Monchaud and Siphay Vera, and The Crying of Tanbur by Anisa Sabiri.
From Russia: Big Booom directed by Marat Narimanov, How Big is the Galaxy? by Ksenia Elyan, The Theory of Sunset by Roman Sokolov, and Faith by Tatiana Fedorovskaya.
From Kazakhstan: 13 Kilometers directed by Vladimir Tyulkin, Hearth by Alisher Zhadigerov, and Ancestors' Heritage by Berik Zhakhanov.
Presided by Mehdi Ghorbanpour, the 9th edition of Varesh International Film Festival is set to open on April 29, in the northern city of Babol, Mazandaran Province. After a four-year hiatus, the latest round will run up to May 3, with simultaneous screenings of movies in Ramsar and Sari.