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Irvine International Film Festival Opens January 17, 2013 With Two Oscar Possibilities
The second annual Irvine International Film Festival opens January 17, 2013 at the Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine, California featuring a documentary, The Iran Job, and the animated short Head over Heels. The Hollywood Reporter projects The Iran Job as a possible Oscar contender as does Steve Pond, of The Wrap. Head Over Heels is one of 10 animated shorts to advance to the next round in this year's Academy Awards.
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The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries: Iran.
With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran.
Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles.
Surprisingly timely, this documentary follows an American basketball player's experiences in Iran as he tries to lead his new team to victory in the Iranian pro leagues. Not just an example of how sports can bridge cultural divides, but also an intriguing look at Iranian society in general.
Kevin's season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement - a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
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A 10-minute stop motion animation written and directed by Timothy Reckart at the National Film and Television School. A team of eleven students made the film over the course of 14 months.
Head Over Heels had its World premier in 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival and won Oscar-qualifying grand prizes at Anima Mundi, Heartland Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival.
The film tells the story of Walter and Madge who have grown apart after many years of marriage. He lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, their equilibrium comes crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way put their marriage back together.
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The Irvine International Film Festival runs from January 17, 2013 through January 21, 2013 at the Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine, California. Opening day, January 17, 2013 will feature Head Over Heels and The Iran Job beginning at 8pm with tickets priced at $ 12 for general admission and $ 9 for seniors and students.
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Irvine International Film Festival
13700 Alton Parkway #154
Irvine, CA 92618