Iran sends ‘Farewell Baghdad’ for Oscar

Anti-war film is helmer's first feature

LONDON — A film about the intertwining lives of American and Iraqi soldiers, “Farewell Baghdad,” is Iran’s choice for a foreign-language film Oscar nomination.

Helmer Mehdi Naderi’s first feature is an anti-war movie set during the 2003 invasion of the Iraqi capital starring Mostafa Zamani, Pantea Bahram and Mazdak Mirabedini.

It was produced by the Iranian Center for Promotion of Documentary and Experimental Cinema.

Naderi began his career working in theater in 1988 but graduated to documentary and short filmmaking. His previous work includes 2008’s “Step by Step, a Portrait of Shirin Ebadi,” a documentary covering Iran’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and “Forgotten Dreams” (2008) about a Polish immigrant to Iran.

Submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. Friday. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.