The best parts of writing about films is learning the stories behind the story. Meeting the filmmakers, discovering the passion of the actors, finding out the hardships faced by producers, those all conspire to make a movie jump right off the screen, and become part of my life. This year, at the Venice Film Festival, I found quite a few projects that have settled in the recesses of my heart, the kind of films I wish I could watch again and again. Ghesseha (Tales) by Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is definitely one of them.
I wasn't alone, because the jury of 'Venezia71', the main competition of the prestigious festival, bestowed upon Bani-Etemad and co-writer Farid Mostafavi the Award for Best Screenplay, singling out her Tales as the best story told on the silver screen.