Australia has chosen Shayda, from Iranian-Australian debut author and director Noora Niasari, as its submission for the Greatest Worldwide Characteristic Movie Oscar race.
The drama, which counts Cate Blanchett amongst its govt producers and was acquired by Sony Footage Classics for North America amongst different markets, world premiered at Sundance in January the place it gained the World Cinema Viewers Award.
It went on to open the Melbourne Worldwide Movie Pageant and was the closing-night screening at Locarno. It’s subsequent set for TIFF and might be launched in Oz on October 5 by way of Madman.
The story follows a younger Iranian mom and her six-year-old daughter who discover refuge in an Australian ladies’s shelter throughout the two weeks of Iranian New 12 months (Nowruz) which is widely known as a time of renewal and rebirth. Aided by the sturdy group of ladies on the shelter, they search their freedom on this new world of potentialities, solely to search out themselves going through the violence they tried so arduous to flee.
Shayda stars Cannes Greatest Actress winner Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Holy Spider) alongside Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, Rina Mousavi and Selina Zahednia.
Niasari is a writer-director and co-founder of Parandeh Footage, whose quick movies and documentaries have screened at movie festivals worldwide. Of the choice for the Worldwide Oscar, she stated, “I see this film as an open invitation for audiences to recognize and celebrate the courage and resilience of Iranian women, Australian women and all women fighting for freedom and independence from domestic violence. And so, to have Shayda represent Australia on the world stage with this submission gives me an immense sense of hope and pride.”
The movie is produced by Vincent Sheehanand Niasari and exec produced by Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini of Soiled Movies.
A spokesperson for the Australian choice committee stated, “There was no hesitation in putting forward Shayda as this year’s submission, which members of the committee described as beautiful, timely, masterfully directed and a film that stays with you long after the closing credits.”
The companions at Soiled Movies commented, “Our hearts immediately connected to the story of Shayda. Its central theme of defining one’s own path is deeply rooted in the Australian psyche, but Noora Niasari has created art for a global audience. This is a powerful and resonant story of family that couldn’t be more timely, and we’re so proud that audiences are responding so enthusiastically as it embarks on an international journey.”
An Origma 45 manufacturing produced in affiliation with Soiled Movies and Parandeh Footage, Shayda acquired main manufacturing funding from Display Australia in affiliation with The 51 Fund and was financed with assist from VicScreen and the Melbourne Worldwide Movie Pageant Premiere Fund.
Together with North America, SPC has rights in Latin America, Benelux, Jap Europe, Portugal, the Center East and Turkey. HanWay Movies is promoting with companions so far together with Filmcoopi in Switzerland, Metropolitan in France, TFG in Greece, Simply Wished in Italy, Caramel in Spain, Vertigo within the UK, Pictureworks in India and Falcon in Indonesia.