The Moov Filmfestival, one of the oldest European festivals that has been held every year in Bruges, Belgium since 1984, will host ‘Careless Crime’ in its 2021 edition (April 20-May 3).

In addition, the 22nd edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea, slated for April 29-May 8 will screen the Iranian film. It will be displayed in the World Cinema section along with 11 films from France, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

“Careless Crime” goes back forty years to the uprising to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran when protestors set fire to movie theaters as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theater was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed, and in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn down a cinema. Their intended target is a theater showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile.

The film has been screened at several major international festivals and won several awards, including the best original screenplay award at the Venice festival and the Silver Hugo of the jury at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Dreamlab Films, the France-based international distributor under Iranian film expert Nasrin Mirshab, acquired the international distribution rights to ‘Careless Crime’.