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Iran has selected Today as its candidate for the best foreign-language film at the 2015 Oscars.
Directed by Reza Mirkarimi, Today tells the story of two strangers — an aging taxi driver, Youness (Parviz Parastui), and the desperate young pregnant woman (Soheila Golestani) he rushes to the hospital at the end of his shift, neither of them knowing what fate awaits her.
Today had its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and also stars Shabnam Moghadami.
Born in Tehran, Mirkarimi is a well-respected director in Iran. His body of work includes The Child and the Soldier (1999) and Under the Moonlight (2000), which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival in 2001. His other features as writer-director include A Shining Light (2002), So Close, So Far (2005), As Simple as That (2007) and A Cube of Sugar (2011).
Mirkarimi’s A Cube of Sugar was selected as the Iranian entry for the best foreign-language Oscar in 2013, but the Iranian government boycotted the ceremony in the wake of the highly controversial video Innocence of Muslims.
Iran won the 2012 best foreign-language Oscar for A Separation by Asghar Farhadi.
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