Movie Official competition 5

Song Sparrow

Director: Farzaneh Omidvarnia • Country: Iran; Denmark • Production year: 2019 • Duration: 11’36” • Language (subtitles): no dialogue • Production: Farzaneh Omidvarnia  • Distribution: Zen Movie Distribuzione • Age rating: 11+

A Group of refugees tries to reach themselves to a safe country in search for a better life. They pay a smuggler to convey them across the boarders in a fridge truck. However, the freezing temperature of the truck turns their hopes for a better future into a fierce struggle for survival.

Farzaneh Omidvarnia was born in Iran. Graduated from University of Tehran, faculty of Fine Arts, she received a PhD in Design in 2015 from Technical University of Denmark. Following her graduation, she began to focus on creation of fabric sculptures and writing short stories. Her artworks soon appeared in several art exhibitions in Europe and Iran, and she published her first collection of short stories in 2016. In 2017, she directed and produced her first animated short film, “To Be”. The movie was acclaimed internationally and won prizes in different festivals. Her second film is “Song Sparrow” (2019), World Première at Galway Film Fleadh and selected at Flickers’ Rhode Island Int. Film Festival and Giffoni Film Festival. She is now based in Copenhagen, Denmark.