DAY 4 | Sat, July 25, 2020 | 7th Show | 12.30 AM

FIREFLIES (Luciérnagas)
Director: Bani Khoshnoudi
86 min / 2018 / Narrative Feature / Mexico / Spanish, Persian 

After escaping persecution in his country, Ramin (Arash Marandi), a young Iranian homosexual, lives in exile. When he got on the merchant ship he took in Turkey during his flight, he never expected to disembark in Veracruz – a Mexican port city inhabited by immigrants. Stuck there with little money on him, no knowledge of Spanish, few friends, and only occasional, casual labouring work, he is assailed by longings and memories of his past. A Skype chat with the boyfriend he left behind makes the fate of their relationship even more elusive. He begins to realize that he has no choice but to abandon his past. Unsure about the moves of his fellow worker Guillermo (Luis Alberti), can Rahim be able to revivify his desires in this foreign place, where macho and queer are so hard to tell apart?

Festivals & Honors
Special Prize for Films in Progress – 30th Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, France, 2018.
World Premiere: Morelia Film Festival Morelia, Mexico 2018
International Premiere: Rotterdam IFF, 2019
Winner: Best Actor – Lleida Latin-American Film Festival, 2019
Winner: HBO Ibero-American Competition - Best Film - Miami Film Festival, 2019

BANI KHOSHNOUDI is an Iranian-born, Texan-raised filmmaker based in Mexico City. Her (short) films and documentaries have been screened internationally and received many awards. In addition to filmmaking, she experiments with video and sound installations. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Khoshnoudi was selected for the Cinéfondation Writing Residency in Cannes, where she wrote her first feature, Ziba (2012). Fireflies (2018) is her second feature film.

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