Magazine article Screen International

IFFR: Topkapi, le Bureau, Heretic Pact for 'Pari'

Magazine article Screen International

IFFR: Topkapi, le Bureau, Heretic Pact for 'Pari'

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Dutch production outfit Topkapi Films (The Commune, Belgica) and France's Le Bureau (Tramontane) have boarded Siamak Etemadi's debut feature Pari and will co-produce with Greek company Heretic and Bulgaria's The Chouvkov Brothers.

The Athens-set drama follows the devout Muslim parents of an Iranian student studying in the Greek capital who must search for their son after he goes missing. When the father returns to Iran following a tragic accident, the mother (the titular Pari) must continue the search alone in the darkest corners of the city.

Iran-born and Greek based writer-director Siamak Etemadi will make his feature debut on the project. His previous short films include Cavo d'Oro, which premiered in competition at Locarno Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for best short film at the Greek Academy Awards

Pari has been developed through the Torino Film Lab, Cannes Film Festival's L'atelier Cinefondation, and was the winner of the CNC Award at Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink in 2014. …

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