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‘Return’ to appear at Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival

Mostafa Gholami’s ‘Return’ is to vie at Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF) in the US.

Mostafa Gholami’s ‘Return’ is scheduled to vie at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF) in the US.

The 60-second short flick will participate in the 13th edition of the biggest Brazilian Film Festival outside Brazil, which is set for October 21-29, 2020.

‘Return’ is about self-sacrifice and organ donation. It shows one minute of the critical life stage of a patient in need of transplantation. The clock hands show 23:59, indicating that the patient's life will end 60 seconds later; and the clock body becomes white and the image loses its brightness simultaneously while the second is rotating, which indicates despair, end of life, and a color change in the patient's life.

The second hand stops at the second "45", and the image also gets blurry. Then, it suddenly gets clear and the clock body returns to its normal color and the image becomes as bright as it originally was. The second continues its path.

The patient's life was saved in the final moments and the organ donation was performed successfully.

In April 2019, ‘Return’ made its global debut in the competition program of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival - 60SIFF in Pakistan. To make its second international appearance, the flick entered the 7th Lift-Off Global Network Sessions in the UK in 2019.

Following its global premieres, ‘Return’ made its third hit in the 3rd edition of the Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival in the UK. In December 2019, Gholami’s film made finalist in the 1st Big SYN International Short Film Festival in the UK where it won the special mention award of the event.

The records go on with making semi-finalist at the 3rd Annual Video Art + Film Festival held in California in 2019. 

Gholami’s short film also went on screen at the 8th Mister Vorky One-Minute and Short Film Festival in Serbia as well as the 6th Herat International Women’s Film Festival (HIWFF) in Afghanistan.  

On November 23-30, 2020, ‘Return’ will appear on screen at the World Independent Short Film Awards-Grand Off in Poland.

Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival - LABRFF is recognized as the most important Brazilian film festival in the United States. It hosts some of the most critically and important Brazilian filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talents from around the globe.