Jul 26, 2014, 12:55 PM
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Iran film 'Stories' in hunt for Venice golden lion

Tehran, July 26, IRNA - Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s ‘Stories’ will be vying in the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

‘Stories’ is a social drama which was earlier screened in the 2013 International Fajr Film Festival, wrote Saturday's edition of 'Iran Daily'.

The movie will participate in this section along with ‘99 Houses’ directed by Iranian-Armenian filmmaker Ramin Bahrani.

A total of 55 movies will participate in the festival which will be held from August 27 until September 6, 2014.

‘Birdman’ by Alejandro G. Iñárritu will open the prestigious gala.

The 71st Venice Film Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The world premiere of ‘Birdman’ or ‘The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’ will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

The film is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.