Directed by Mojtaba Ghasemi, 'Khoonab', as the only representative of Iranian cinema among more than 2,830 films from around the world, reached the final level of the festival and managed to win the Best Director Award of the festival in its competition with films from the United States, France, Italy and Spain.
Ghasemi has also won the best director of the Rome International Film Festival (2020 RIFF).
The film's synopsis read, "The distance from ascent to descent is a narrow line of choice, a choice between good and evil."
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