Iranian film shared Busan fest top prize

PARIS — Global Film Initiative has acquired North American distribution rights to Iranian helmer Morteza Farshbaf’s debut “Mourning” from Wide Management.

Deal was inked at the Busan Film Festival, where the film shared the New Currents award with Loy Arcenas’ “Nino” and took the Fipresci award.

A black comedy, “Mourning” centers on a boy who ends up in the care of deaf relatives after his parents are killed in a car accident.

The film adds to Global Film Initiative’s slate of critically acclaimed Iranian films, such as Mohammad Rasoulof’s “White Meadows” and Granaz Moussavi’s “My Tehran for Sale.”

“There’s nothing timid about our support of Iranian film and filmmakers. If they’re willing to risk their lives to make a film, we have a commitment to make sure those films reach an audience,” said Global Film Initiative’s Santhosh Daniel.

The Global Film Initiative is a nonprofit org created in 2002 to support independent cinema from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. “Mourning” is one of eight films that are part of Eye On Films, a global network of nearly 80 festival and distribution partners founded by Wide Management topper Loic Magneron to guarantee the commercial release and fest exposure of feature debuts around the world.

Next up, “Mourning” will play at the Tokyo Film Festival.

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