A young Iranian filmmaker, Farnoosh Samadi was chosen as a member of the jury of the upcoming Lucania Film Festival which is being held on August 10 to 13 in the southern Italian city of Pisticci.

Farnoush Samadi who brought her first short film “The Silence” at Cannes Film Festival 2016 will judge be part of the jury of the Italian film festival.

The Syrian director Waddah al Fahed, the American Eidsness Martha Mitch who has worked in mainstream hits such as “Avatar”, the Lucan Carmine Cassino, one of the organizers of the days of the Italian Film Festival of Lisbon, and Alessandro Piva, director of " Capa Gira " are other members of the jury of the festival.

Farnoosh Samadi was born in Iran and graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. She began her career as a filmmaker at Iranian Young Cinema Society and has written short films More Than Two Hours and The Baby, directed by Ali Asgari. Silence is her directorial debut.

Her short film More Than Two Hours was nominated for Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013, and The Babu was premiered in short film competition at Venice Film Festival 2014.

She’s currently working with Ali Asgari on a feature film which was accepted at Cine foundation Residence of Cannes Film Festival.

The Silence was produced by Giovanni Pompilli of the Italian production company Kino Produzioni and co-produced by Olivier Chantriaux from Filmo.