Iran mobilizes ‘Transit’ for Oscars

Pic depicts struggles of women in Islamic republic.

Kambosia Partovi’s “Café Transit,” a film defending women’s rights, has been chosen to represent Iran in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

Pic tells the story of a newly widowed woman who opts to run her husband’s truck-stop restaurant in a small village instead of marrying her brother-in-law, as tradition dictates.

The veteran filmmaker is best known for writing the screenplay of Jafar Panahi’s “Circle,” which won the 2000 Venice Golden Lion, and for “I, Taraneh, 15 years old” — both depicting the struggles of women in the Islamic republic.

The only Iranian film to make it onto the shortlist for an Oscar was Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven” in 1998.

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