Release from Heaven

Release from Heaven, directed by Ali Noori Oskouei, is an enchanting mixed-technique animation project which blurs the lines between imagination, storytelling and reality. Set in a war-torn country, the film follows a school teacher and writer named Sareh. When she has to take two of her students to find their father, she tries to keep them calm on the perilous journey by telling them stories. When the little group discovers a cave that is exactly like one from Sareh’s stories, she finds out that the hero of her imagination is real. Determined to find him, she becomes a hero in her own right in the eyes of her students. The film is also screening at Cannes on May 22 at 8 p.m. in Gray 1. (Eshragh Animation Co.)