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“Lovebirds: On the Big Screen at 7th Nepal Int’l Film Festival 2024”

Zigguart Multimedia is proud to announce that “Lovebirds,” the captivating short film directed by Sara Mokhavat, and produced by Mostafa Ghorbanpour has earned a prestigious selection for the 7th Nepal International Film Festival 2024 (NIFF2024). Set to unfold in the scenic locales of QFX Labim Mall in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur (Kathmandu Valley) from the 14th to the 18th of March 2024, the film will grace the International competitions. The esteemed event will be hosted simultaneously at QFX Cinema Venues across the Kathmandu Valley, providing a platform for a total of 32 narrative short films under international competition to vie for recognition. Zigguart extends its heartfelt congratulations to Sara Mokhavat and her team for this noteworthy accomplishment and anticipates the global audience’s embrace of “Lovebirds” during this cinematic celebration.

Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) is Nepal’s premier annual film and cultural event. In 2018, NIFF was established to celebrate diverse storytelling and narratives worldwide. The event is an initiative conceived out of a desire to conduct an exchange of film and culture between Nepal and the rest of the world and to create a conscious, capable, and appreciative film culture in the country. The main gist of NIFF is to appreciate films and talk about them with the audience and the people in the industry. The festival is an attempt to uplift the standards of Nepali films and bring out more diverse stories and technical expertise through exhibitions and intensive discourse. NIFF is also a common ground for aspiring filmmakers, artists, and people from the film industries around the world to come together and celebrate their love for film and cinema art, celebrating the spirit of cinema through screening a curated catalog of feature-length fiction and non-fiction works, and a comprehensive short film program in a competitive environment (i.e., awards). NIFF also organizes a gala and ceremony to distribute awards and facilitate meetings and exchanges between artists and filmmakers in the industry.

Lovebirds, directed by Sara Mokhavat and produced by Mostafa Ghorbanpour, is a heartfelt tale of a collapsed relationship where two lovers(Masoud and Maniya) are entangled in a game of sadomasochistic tendencies. Their love is unconventional, and they bask in the glow of their fiery passion. But when the girl abruptly leaves without a word, Masoud is left with a deep sense of loss. The short film tells the story of the tumultuous nature of human relationships and how difficult it can be to let go of a love that was once all-consuming. “Lovebirds” is Sara Mokhavat’s latest project, and it promises to be a poignant and thought-provoking short film that will leave audiences spellbound. The film is a testament to her artistic talent and ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with viewers.The story of an imbalance that can occur when two people are involved in a love affair based on destructive tendencies. Despite this, the two characters view their relationship as something exceptional, and while they don’t expect anything more from it, they enjoy it with all their hearts. However, when one of them decides to end the relationship, the other is left in limbo, waiting for closure or an anticipated future together. This film highlights the difficulties of accepting the end of a relationship. For many people, this is where loneliness begins.

Synopsis
“Lovebirds” is a short film that explores the aftermath of a collapsed relationship between Masoud and his beloved fiancée Maniya. Their love affair was based on sadomasochistic tendencies and childish mischiefs that kept the flame of their love burning. But when the girl unexpectedly ends the relationship and leaves without a word, Masoud is left in a state of mourning, struggling to accept the end of their love and move on…

Sara Mokhavat is an Iranian writer and filmmaker with a background in screenwriting and play-directing. She has worked in both cinema and theatre as an actress, writer, and director since 2004. Her academic history and experimental activities have given her the vision and courage necessary for her creative career. She has two feature screenplays, and her first novel, “A Woman Who Was Found Among Lost Objects,” was published in 2016. Sara directed one of her plays, “Farewell My Cherry Orchard,” in 2018 at the City Theater of Tehran. Her debut short film, “SHOGOON,” was followed by “Private,” which was selected for the competition section at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2021, and won the Director Without Borders award at Discover Film Festival 2023. “Lovebirds” is her latest project, exploring the aftermath of a collapsed relationship and the difficulties of moving on. Read More…

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