TEHRAN – The Shahr International Film Festival has announced the official lineup for its eighth edition, which will take place in Tehran from July 18-22.

18 films, including six films by foreign filmmakers, will compete in the feature film category.

The lineup includes Indian director Pradip Kurbah’s 2019 film “Market,” which depicts the lives of ordinary people with everyday stories, not worthy of heroes, but nonetheless of people making life better for each other.

Chinese director Ran Jing’s 2020 drama “Model” will also be screened.

In this film, under pressure from her father, a young Chinese architect agrees to establish guardianship of the 7-year-old half-brother she has never met so that she can obtain an American visa to continue the work of her dreams.

Another highlight of the lineup is Cambodian director Neang Kavich’s 2021 drama “White Building.”

The film follows 20-year-old Samnang as she copes with the demolition of her forever home in Phnom Penh and the pressures of family, friends and neighbors who crop up and cross paths at this moment of sudden change.

Four films by foreign directors will be presented in the feature-length documentaries section.

Portuguese filmmaker Tiago Afonso’s “Dystopia” is a highlight in this category.

This film focuses on the changes in the social fabric of the city of Porto from 2007 to 2020. Demolitions, evictions and resettlements that affect the Roma community of Bacelo, the inhabitants of Bairro do Aleixo and the vendors of Feira da Vandoma.

The Turkish-Japanese film “Kodokushi” was also selected for screening.

Directed by Ensar Altay, the film tells the story of Norihito, who works at a company that cleans the houses of people who die alone. He begins to question his own life and past because of all the lonely deaths he sees.

Slovak filmmaker Barbora Sliepková will also take part in the festival with her documentary “Lines”.

The stylized images in an almost neo-realistic way show the daily bustle of contemporary Bratislava whose inhabitants, in addition to their own misfortunes, have to deal with the constant hubbub of urban construction, traffic congestion and rising housing prices.

Filmmakers from around the world will also participate in the short fiction and documentary sections.

A number of animated films from Iranian and foreign directors will compete in the festival, which is held annually under the auspices of the Tasvire Shahr Institute of the Tehran Municipal Arts and Culture Organization.

Photo: A scene from the drama “White Building” by Cambodian director Neang Kavich.

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