‘Winners’ enters Edinburgh International Film Festival
Arts & Culture Desk
The Iranian film ‘Winners’ entered the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 12-20) in Scotland, ISNA reported. Directed by Hassan Nazer and produced by Scot Paul Welsh and Scottish Uzbek Nadira Murray, the movie is set in a deprived area of a small Iranian town, where children work to support their families. Nine-year-old Yahya is one of the children in the town. One day, Yahya and his friend, Leila, strike literal gold by finding an unclaimed Oscar statue, the curious item leading the boy into an adventure-filled journey, screen.scot wrote. Production of ‘Winners’ was completed with support from Screen Scotland. Iranian actors including Reza Naji, Shahrzad Kamalzadeh, Hossein Abedini, Mahmoud Jafari, Ezzatollah Ramezanifar and Asghar Semsarzadeh are in the cast of the film. In advance of the main program launch on Wednesday, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has revealed an impressive array of films and shorts which have Scottish talent and/or settings as part of the celebrations around Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. EIFF launched the program for its 75th anniversary, which will feature films starring Colin Farrell, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of the women’s film festival which recognized films made by female directors. The festival is returning as a fully in-person event for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.