Detective Film Festival: Iranian Thriller Tehran Law Wins Grand Prize

Iranian director Saeed Roustaee’s second feature film was also awarded the Jury Prize for this 38th 100% digital edition.

Tehran Law, by Iranian director Saeed Roustaee, on Sunday won the Grand Prix of the 38th edition of the International Detective Film Festival. Chosen among the nine feature films in competition, Tehran Law features a police officer with expeditious methods who finally gets his hands on a drug godfather, after several years of stalking, in a country where drug possession is punishable by death.

The 2019 film is scheduled for theatrical release in France on July 28. This is the second feature film by Saeed Roustaee, born in 1989, who signed his first film in 2006, Life and a day.

This 38th edition “specialOf the festival was held entirely online this year, due to restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The eight-member jury, chaired by actor and director Jacques Weber, notably included actress Anne Parillaud, screenwriter and novelist Négar Djavadi and directors Lucas Belvaux and Jean-Paul Salomé.

Another award-winning Iranian film, The Slaughterhouse, by Abbas Amini, received the Jury Prize. It tells the story of Amir who returns to live with his father in Iran after being expelled from France and who, out of family solidarity, finds himself involved in an atrocious crime that will lead him to frequent the middle of the exchange of foreign currency on the black market.

The Critics’ Prize also went to Tehran Law, while the French film Black Box, by Yann Gozlan, received the audience award. This film, which follows a technician from the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) responsible for investigating the crash of a Dubai-Paris flight, is expected on screens on September 8.

The Police Film Festival, which was traditionally organized in Beaune (Center Est) before breaking with this city due to financial disputes, has chosen to set up from 2022 in Reims, in the east of the country.


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