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“Finding Farideh,” a feature-length documentary about an Iranian girl adopted at infancy by a Dutch couple who 40 years later travels to Iran in search of her biological parents, is Iran’s candidate for the recently renamed International Feature Film Oscar.
Co-directed by young Tehran-based duo Azadeh Mousavi and Kourosh Ataee, the doc bridges East and West. It was selected by a committee of Iranian film industry professionals from a shortlist of 10 titles. “Finding Farideh” prevailed over two strong narrative features: the drug-addiction themed thriller “Just 6.5,” directed by Saeid Rustai, which has broken local box office records and will be premiering internationally in Venice, and veteran auteur Reza Mirkarimi’s “Castle of Dreams.” These two titles had been considered the frontrunners.
Farideh - Oscar - Credentials
Which is not to say that “Farideh” does not have full Oscar credentials.
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