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‘Just 6.5’ receives award at Bordeaux filmfest

Iranian award-winning film ‘Just 6.5’ has won an award in a French festival.

Iranian award-winning film ‘Just 6.5’ has won an award in a French festival.

The film directed by Saeed Roustaee, received the grand prix at the International Independent Film Festival of Bordeaux.

The award was granted to Iranian representative on Monday at the closing ceremony of the ninth edition of the event.

In the movie, the city is brimming with drug addicts, many of whom are homeless.

Samad, a member of Anti-Narcotics Police Task Force, is looking for a drug kingpin, Nasser Khakzad.

After several operations, Samad manages to track him down at his penthouse, where he’s committed suicide but is still alive.

Nasser goes through legal steps that lead to his death penalty and execution, but along the way, Samad comes to realize that Nasser was drawn to this path because of broken down social conditions, imposed on him.

Nasser is ultimately executed, and Samad who has been promoted to the station chief, resigns from his post.

He has come to believe all the arrests and executions in all these years, did not have any effect on society’s drug problems.

The end result of all the violence has been that the number of addicts has gone from one million to 6.5 million!

Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar, Houman Kiaee, Farhad Aslani, Marjan Qamari, and Mohammad Ali Mohammadi are on the cast list of the 134-minute movie.

Premiered at the 37th Fajr Film Festival in Iran, ‘Just 6.5’ opened the 15th Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland, where it won the jury special mention.

The International Independent Film Festival of Bordeaux (FIFIB) defends the need for a global independent cinematic landscape.

The ninth edition of the event was held on October 14-19, 2020.