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French cinemas to host Iran’s much-applauded ‘Sunless Shadows’

Iranian world acclaimed documentary ‘Sunless Shadows’ is to hit silver screens in France.

Iranian world acclaimed documentary ‘Sunless Shadows’ is set to go on silver screens in France.

Made by Mehrdad Oskouee, the 74-minute documentary, which narrates the story of five young women who are jailed in a small juvenile detention center for murder, is currently getting French subtitle in Paris and will be soon released in French cinemas.

Last year, ‘Sunless Shadows’ was named the most successful documentary films in Iranian cinema, which entered 37 prestigious international film festivals and won 14 acclaims.  

Oskouee's ‘Sunless Shadows’ is the continuation of his trilogy about children and adolescents at Iran’s Correction and Rehabilitation Center.

‘Sunless Shadows’ previously opened the 2019 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which was the film’s international premiere and brought the festival's best director award to Oskouee.

The Iranian doc also opened the 11th Middle East Now festival in Italy and grabbed Silver Horn award for the Best Director and the Student Jury award at the 60th Krakow Film Festival in Poland.

Nominated for the Open City Award at the 2020 Open City Documentary Festival in the UK, Oskouee’s doc won the main prize of the festival’s International Competition section at the 8th CinéDOC-Tbilisi Documentary Film Festival in Georgia.   

Most recently, ‘Sunless Shadows’ won Human Rights award - Bronze Goal at the Millennium Documentary Film Festival in Belgium, Best Documentary award at the Silk Road International Film Festival in China, Best Film award at the Middle East Now in Italy, and the jury’s Special Mention at the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival in Croatia.