Iranian transsexual drama added to selection

ROME — The Venice Film Festival has announced “Khastegi” (Tedium), a hot button pic about transsexuals in Tehran, as a late addition to its cutting-edge Horizons section.

“Tedium,” a first work by helmer Bahman Motamedian, tells the story of seven transsexuals contending with Iranian society and its precepts and tradition of patriarchy.

“Making a film about transsexuals and their problems in Iran was a difficult task,” said Motamedian in a statement.

“And it became something of a challenge, as I could see myself more as a fighter than as a filmmaker,” added the helmer, who is a graduate of Iran’s Experimental Theater Institute.

Announcing “Tedium” on Friday, the Lido made it clear that pic’s late addition was due to censorship issues, specifying that “it is now possible to reveal” the identity of one of our two late additions to the Horizons section.

The other still secret Venice Horizons title is expected to be arriving from China where the Olympics have held up the censorship process.

The 65th Venice Film Festival will open Aug. 27 with Joel and Ethan Coen’s spy comedy “Burn After Reading” and run through Sept. 6.

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