Iran has made its choice of film for the 96th edition of the Academy Awards, holding in Los Angeles next February.
The Night Guardian, directed by Reza Mirkarimi, was selected by the Iranion Local Selection Committee, according to a press statement made available to TCN.
The film was unanimously chosen as the representative of Iranian
cinema at the 2024 Oscar ceremony among the three finalists.
“The members of the committee to select the representative of Iranian
cinema to the Oscar Academy, after holding several meetings and
selecting the three final candidates, chose the movie “The Night
Guardian” directed by Reza Mirkarimi as the representative of Iranian
cinema at the 96th Academy Awards,” the statement read in part.
Raed Faridzadeh, the vice president of international affairs of Farabi
Cinema Foundation and the spokesperson of the selection committee for
Iran’s cinema representative to the Oscar Academy 2024, said the
selection committee, after holding a series of meetings and reviewing
42 eligible films, selected 15 films in the first stage. To review the
selection and finally, with multiple reviews, they then selected three films
as the final shortlist for the upcoming Oscar Academy nomination
Faridzadeh added that three films “Conjugal Visit” directed
by Omid Shams, “The Night Guardian” by Reza Mirkarimi and “The Town”
by Ali Hazrati, reached the final stage of review before settling down for The Night Guardian.
“After considering all aspects, the members of the committee for
selecting the representative of Iranian cinema unanimously chose the
film “The Night Guardian” directed by Reza Mirkarimi as the final
representative of Iranian cinema,” he stated.
“The Night Guardian” is the 29th film that Iran will send for Oscar consideration.
Manoochehr Shahsavari, Rasoul Sadrameli, Alireza Hosseini, Ahmad
Muradpour, Mohammad Dawoodi, Akbar Nabovi, Parviz Sheikhtadi, Behrooz
Shoaibi and Raed Faridzadeh (secretary of the committee) were the
founding members of the selection committee for the representative of
Iranian cinema to the Oscar Academy 2024.