Iran’s submission for Best International Oscar Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, scheduled for March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, has been announced as Houman Seyyedi’s darkly humorous thriller World War III.
The day worker Shakib (Mohsen Tanabandeh), after being cast in a movie, must covertly protect his fiancée on the set or risk losing her and everything that cinematic stardom has given him. This is the story of the movie that was “unanimously” selected by Iran’s Oscars committee.
The film, which had its world premiere in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival this year. Also win the area’s awards for Best Film and Best Actor, was written by Seyyedi, Arian Vazirdaftari, and Azad Jafarian (Tanabandeh).
The speaker and member of the committee in charge of introducing Iranian films to the 95th Academy Awards, Parviz Sheikh Tadi, mentioned that 57 films were examined for this year’s participation. 17 were then picked for further consideration. Iran’s top four choices were World War III, The Situation of Mehdi by Hadi Hejazifar, Dolphin Boy by Mohammad Kheyrandish, No Prior Appointment by Behrouz Shoaybi, and Subtraction by Mani Haghighi.
Iranian films have previously been nominated for three Oscars and have won two statuettes for Asghar Farhadi’s films A Separation and The Salesman. Iran has previously submitted 26 films for Oscar consideration. The nation is supporting World War III for the 2023 Academy Awards during this time.
Famous people at this year’s Venice Film Festival called for the release of Jafar Panahi on the red carpet before a showing of his most recent film, No Bears, which was among those famous filmmakers who were detained by Iranian authorities in July.