In its latest international presence, “Leila’s Brothers” was screened at the Cinemaster section of the Munich International Film Festival and won Honorable Mention.
At this section, Japanese film “Broker” directed by Hirokazu Koreeda won the prize for the best foreign film.
The festival’s jury commended Saeed Roustayi’s latest feature film as a “family portrait which is at the same time tragic and comic”.
“This is a work on the heavy burden of tradition and inescapable family ties. Roustayi beautifully portrays moments that bring us together when it seems that everything seeks to break us apart,” the jury said in their opinion on the movie.
“This film artistically demonstrates how a family can be both a blessing and a curse. In this work we are witnessing a constant shuttling between conceit and self-sacrifice. Part of the movie is a social critique while another part is a finely-crafted drama and a comedy on the human vice, in which we wonderfully found ourselves moving from laughter to crying.”
Saeed Roustayi has already won the Fipresci prize of the International Federation of Film Critics for Leila’s Brothers.
Regarding the plot summary, “At the age of 40, Leila has spent her entire life caring for her parents and four brothers. A family that is constantly arguing and under pressure from various debts in the face of sanctions against Iran. While her brothers are struggling to make ends meet, Leila makes a plan”.
Taraneh Alidoosti, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Saeed Poursamimi, Farhad Aslani, Payman Maadi and Mohammad Ali Mohammadi are among the cast members of the film.
The Munich International Film Festival 2022 took place from June 23 to July 2 in Germany.