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Iranian doc ‘Asho’ to vie in Germany

Iranian documentary ‘Asho’ is to vie at the 70th Berlin Int’l filmfest in Germany.

Iranian documentary ‘Asho’ has been selected to compete at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

Directed by Jafar Najafi, the 30-minute doc will compete at the Generation Kplus section of the fest.

“What could be better than singing your heart out on a hillside? Asho enjoys life in the hills of Iran, where he herds a flock of sheep with his father. The sheep are all named after famous people: presidents, actors or actresses, depending on their hairstyle. Asho knows all about the movies – he watches them on his cracked tablet out in the fields. He also wants to be an actor when he grows up. But does he have the qualities of a real star at home? His sister says that he can’t even eat politely. And first, he has to get married to his cousin Pari, who also visits him in his dreams.

Asho plays to the camera like a pro, but when Pari is around he gets embarrassed and slaps her teasingly. Will they make up and be friends? The colorful clothing and sun-drenched countryside make a stunningly romantic backdrop for the ambitions of the cheerful Asho, an irresistible small-time cowboy who has long been the star of his own film,” the IDFA website wrote about the Iranian documentary.

‘Asho’ received a special mention at the 62nd edition of the International Leipzig Festival. It also grabbed the Best Film Award of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival is one of the world’s leading film events which is held in Germany and is celebrated annually in February.

The 70th Berlinale will run in the German city on February 20-March 1, 2020.

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