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Iran’s feature ‘Hit the Road’ to vie at Vancouver filmfest

Iran’s feature ‘Hit the Road’ is to vie at the Vancouver Int’l Film Festival in Canada.

The feature ‘Hit the Road’ has been set to take part at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in Canada.

Written and directed by Panah Panahi, the feature film will compete at the Contemporary World Cinema category of the 40th edition of the Canadian event.

‘Hit the Road’ follows a chaotic, tender family that is on a road trip across a rugged landscape and fussing over the sick dog and getting on each others' nerves. Only the mysterious older brother is quiet.

Hassan Majouni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, and Amin Simiar are on the cast list of the 93-minute movie.

Set to participate in the Chicago International Film Festival in the US, also competing at the Calgary International Film Festival in Canada and the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) in Switzerland, ‘Hit the Road’ was a success during Directors' Fortnight at this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

It has also gone on screen at some global events, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic and the New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland.

The VIFF is “among the five largest film festivals in North America”, the event’s website reads.

More than 110 feature films and over 75 shorts will be screened at the 2021 edition of the festival.

The Vancouver International Film Festival is “a showcase of exceptional international cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful cities”, according to an online submission platform.

The 40th edition of the VIFF will take place in a hybrid form on October 1-11, 2021.

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