VENICE WATCH: Iranian director tells 'Tales' of struggle; Paul Wesley takes a vampire break

August 28, 2014 5:16 PM

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VENICE WATCH: Iranian director tells 'Tales' of struggle; Paul Wesley takes a vampire break

Times are tough for the characters in "Tales," a Venice Film Festival entry from Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Jobs are scarce, prices are high and drug addiction claims too many young people.

One of 20 films competing for the festival's Golden Lion prize, "Tales" is a series of fictional vignettes set among struggling residents of Tehran — indebted cabbies, impoverished pensioners, unemployed factory workers.

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