“An incident disrupts the family's shaky order. Children who are struggling to cope with that incident are trying to find their own way. The elder brother tries to portray the bitter reality in a different way to his sister,” the short film’s synopsis reads.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Maryam Zarei, ‘Magralen’ narrates the story of a family that lives in a car cemetery.
The family’s young daughter, who is blind, has made a car in the automobile graveyard in which they spend their days along with her elder brother.
The junkyard becomes a formula 1 race track for younger sister who is listening to the brother.
While their parents quarrel, gesticulating silently, the brother depicts a colorful happy world in which the sister can grow up without worry.
Even when their mother suddenly abandons the family, the brother playfully maintains his version of hopeful reality.
‘Magralen’ has taken part at some global events, including the 69th Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) in Germany, the 19th Odense International Film Festival in Denmark, the 7th Sharjah International Film Festival for Children & Youth in the UAE, the 57th Golden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival, and the 3rd Blue Danube Film Festival in Austria and Hungary.
The Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival, which was slated for April 2020 in Toronto, has been postponed until September due to the coronavirus outbreak around the globe.