Mahyar Mandegar’s ‘White Winged Horse’ succeeded to win a special mention at the Generation section (14plus) of the 70th edition of Berlinale.
Headed by Maryanne Redpath since 2008, Berlinale Generation section is a competitive program dedicated to young audiences with films focusing, in their narratives and cinematic languages, on young people.
'White Winged Horse' is about a man returning to his Iranian hometown, which was destroyed in the war 20 years ago. He is searching for his childhood sweetheart who had promised him eternal love – if he were to return as a white-winged horse. Past and present overlap in the poetic memory and imagination of the boy he once was.
The jury panel of the event praised the short film, writing, “This film uses the audience’s imagination to build an exceptional world, following an unlikely protagonist who nonetheless inspires strong emotion.”
“When fantasy eventually re-connects with reality, we can feel as if we are flying away with the white winged horse,” the jury added.
Iran award-winning filmmaker Abbas Amini along with South African writer and director Jenna Bass and Indian filmmaker Rima Das served as international jury of the Generation 14plus category of this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The festival has been held on February 20 - March 01, 2020.