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Iranian animation ‘Malakout’ to vie in US Media fest

Iranian animation ‘Malakout’ is to compete at the 2021 Media Film Festival in the US.

Iranian horror animation ‘Malakout’ has been selected to compete at the 14th edition of the Media Film Festival (MMF) in the US.

Directed by Farnoush Abedi, the 11-minute animation tells the story of a pianist who has lost one of his hands and cannot play the piano anymore. Doctors decide to transplant a dead criminal’s hand to his body. The pianist with his new hand starts killing people.

Produced at Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center, ‘Malakout’ won the Bronze Jury Award-Best Short Film at the 2020 Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival in the UK and Best Animated award at the 18th HorrorFest International film festival in the US.

The special awards of the 6th Wolves Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF) in Lithuania as well as the 18th biennial Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan are also among the latest accolades bagged by ‘Malakout’.

According to the official website of the MFF, this year’s edition of the fest will be showcasing both its 2020 and 2021 officially selected works. The total number of the films will be 90 which will come from around the world.

The event is slated for April 9-18 at Arasapha Farms in the US.