Directed by Ahmad Bahrami, the movie won the Best Film Award at 45th edition of the HKIFF.
The movie is set in a remote brick factory that produces bricks in an ancient way.
Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems.
Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as a go-between for the workers and the boss.
The boss asks Lotfollah to gather all the workers in front of his office to talk with them about the shutdown of the factory.
Now, the only issue that has occupied Lotfollah’s mind is to keep Sarvar, the woman he has been in love with for a long time, unharmed.
The cast list of the film includes Ali Baqeri, Farrokh Nemati, Mehdi Nassaj, Majid Farhang, and Mahdieh Nassaj.
‘The Wasteland’ received the best film award at the Subversive Film Festival in Croatia.
It has also gone on screen at global events such as the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden and the Orizzonti Competition Section of the Venice International Film Festival in Italy, where it won the Best Film Award, FIPRESCI Award, and FAI Foundation Award.
The movie was selected among the 25 Best Asian Films of 2020 by the Asian Movie Pulse website and won Wild Dreamer Award for Best Feature Film at the 13th Subversive International Film Festival in Croatia.
Founded in 1976, the HKIFF is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.
The 45th edition of the HKIFF has been slated for April 1-12, 2021.