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Idyllwild Finds Seeking Valentina Award Worthy
Armin Nasseri's much awarded short film brings home an Indie Spirit Award, along with two more nominations from the prestigious Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.
By: Seeking Valentina LLC
The 8th Annual Idyllwild Film Festival was held Jan 5-15, in Idyllwild, CA and honored Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actress Anne Archer.The Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema is an Indie Film Festival held the second week of january in the beautiful village of Idyllwild California. Just two hours east of Los Angeles, but located above 5000 feet in the San Jacinto Mountains. The festiaval featured over 125 films.
Seeking Valentina follows Benjamin, a writer, in the pangs of grief. When Benjamin takes in a whimsical and an engaging tenant named Valentina (Kristin West) and she mysteriously disappears, it is for the audience to decide if she is a ghost, a hallucination, a dream or a runaway. Enigmatic and Lynchian, Seeking Valentina was cast against type, using actors who you would normally think of as character types as leads. That combined with an ending that asks as many questions as it answers, makes for some truly avant garde cinema. Instead, Seeking Valentina has received tremendous critical acclaim worldwide.. Of the fest, festival director Stephen Savage says, ""We're filmmakers. The art form we've chosen has the power to inspire the world."
Regarding his film's recent successes both in the U.S. and abroad, Nasseri says, "I am very honored for the recognition the film has received and excited that we screened at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema." Kristin West, award-winning actress and producer, said "The success of this film continues to amaze me. I am so grateful to everyone involved in the project who helped bring Armin's vision to life and to the indie film community for embracing this project."
Seeking Valentina is scheduled to screen at the upcoming Hollywood Dreams Film Festival in Las Vegas Nevada this August, with more screenings at other festivals to be announced.
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