Directed by Seyed Payam Hosseini, 'The Kites' received a Special Mention at the Generation Kplus section of the 70th edition of Berlinale.
The Generation section of Berlinale is a competitive program dedicated to young audiences with films focusing, in their narratives and cinematic languages, on young people.
According to the festival’s jury, 'The Kites' “tells us about borders, how they can be dizzying, terrifying and arbitrary. And because it’s a poetic tale that shows us that language can go beyond words and that empathy can be felt from afar.”
'The Kites' is the story of a young girl whose kite flies away on the slope of a river valley along the Iraqi-Iranian border of Kurdistan. She calls three boys for help. However, the children are not only separated by the river valley, but also by the explosive legacies of past wars.
'White Winged Horse' by Mahyar Mandegar, and ‘Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness’ by Masoud Bakhshi were other Iranian films accepted into the Generation section of this year’s edition of the festival with the former also winning a special mention at the event.
The program of the Generation included 59 competition entries, including 29 world premieres and eleven debut films from 34 countries.
The 70th Berlin Film Festival was held on February 20 - March 01, 2020.