We announce our opening film - and it's a World Premiere!

19/08/2011

We announce our opening film - and it's a World Premiere!

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival returns the weekend starting Friday 23rd September, and we're delighted to announce our Opening Night Film: the World Premiere of I Am Nasrine – a “love song to the North East.”

Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Tina Gharavi and produced in the North East by her Newcastle-based production company Bridge + Tunnel, I Am Nasrine is the latest feature film to come out of the region – and set to tour film festivals world-wide, starting with ours!

The film is an intimate coming-of-age story following Nasrine and her brother Ali, as they flee their home in Tehran and set out to make another in the North East of England. Swept along by a dynamic soundtrack and a captivating performance by newcomer Micsha Sadeghi as the title character, I Am Nasrine is a startlingly beautiful and profound telling of the modern day refugee experience. Supporting cast includes first-time actress Nichole Hall from the North East and Harry Potter’s Christian Coulson.

Sir Ben Kingsley has championed the film personally, claiming I Am Nasrine to be “an important and much needed film.”

The film opens the Festival’s Once Upon a Time programme, which explores storytelling on screen and films and moving image art inspired by folklore, fables and fairy tales.

Director Tina Gharavi, producers James Baillie and Gerry Maguire, as well as the film’s cast and crew will be present to introduce the film on stage at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, on Friday 23rd September at 7pm. Tickets can be bought from Tuesday 30th August at www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com or from The Maltings Box Office on 01289 330999.