Introduced by director Pourya Azarbayjani
With Feast of Sorrow, this year’s ILEX Award recipient Pourya Azarbayjani (Unfinished Stories) weaves together four intersecting stories. From a young man who fakes his death in a scheme to raise money, to a woman pretending to be someone she is not, to a middle-aged husband enraged by his wife’s Instagram posts, to a young couple expecting a child who are befriended by their Chinese neighbors, these tales illustrate how the Internet and social media have transformed Iranian society. —Freer and Sackler Galleries
About the Presenter
Director, producer, and writer Pourya Azarbayjani was born in Tehran and graduated in theatre direction from Soureh College. He began his career as an assistant director on vearious features. Following several short films, he made his feature directorial debut in 2007 with Unfinished Stories. His Tajrish … An Unfinished Story premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2014. He won the special jury prize for Arvand at the 2016 Fajr International Film Festival.