Luxembourg based director's short-film nominated for Oscar

Posted on 11 February 2023 by Team

Luxembourg based Iranian director"s THE RED SUITCASE is nominated to the Oscar in Short Film category. Celebrations are in order.

Cyrus Neshvad was born in Tehran. His family fled the country when he was five years old. He completed his secondary school education at the Lycée Michel Rodange in Luxembourg and studied film in Montpellier and Paris.

His short film THE RED SUITCASE has been nominated to the Oscar under short film category. This short has to be considered for Best Live Action Short. The movie was considered as “A NECESSARY FILM” by Oscar Qualifying Tirana Film Festival and Rhode Island Film Festival. This film focuses on women’s oppression not only in Iran but all over the world even in the West.

Cyrus feels proud of having made THE RED SUITCASE  which was scary for him to tell a story about anything connected to Iran & now he could do so and create a Social Impact. He continues what inspired him to make this film and says that he has lots of members of his family still living in Iran and his parents have kept the connection to Iran and what’s going on.Two years ago his family was telling his mother that a lot of women were disappearing as soon as the hijab was not worn properly or when you say something which is against the regime. Women are disappearing and will never appear back.That was terrifying news for him and he really wanted to talk about this he didn’t want to do a documentary, so did a live action short.

THE RED SUITCASE  is an 18-minute film which tells the harrowing story of the plight of Iranian girls who are victims of forced marriage and human trafficking, and the ongoing human rights violations against girls, women, filmmakers, and activists in Iran. It follows a 16-year-old Iranian girl who must decide whether to accept being forced into marrying a middle-aged man she has never met in a foreign country - or try to escape and seek freedom. The film was shot over six days at the airport in Findel in 2021 and produced by Cyrus Neshvad’s production company Cynefilms.

Shot in Persian, English, Luxembourg and French, the film will be screened at the upcoming Luxembourg City Film Festival in March. The 2023 Oscars take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Cyrus has directed several short films, including “The Orchid,” “Antoine,” “Son” and “Portraitist,” which have all been produced by Cynefilms. Collectively these films have officially been selected in over 300 festivals, over 30 of them Oscar-qualifying. “Portraitist” qualified for the Oscars in 2020 and won 55 awards, including the Letzebuerger Filmpraïs 2021 in Luxembourg. Currently, Cyrus Neshvad is developing his first feature film which is supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg - “Le Refuge / The Shelter” is about 6 years old boy who escapes Iran during the revolution and finds shelter in Luxembourg. There in the refugee camp, he gets befriended by an old Russian woman.


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