A teenage girl is involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and she got stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

In Focus with Sonia K. Hadad – FCC

Great building of tension during the whole duration of this work, from the first minute to the last: you manage to resume breathing just when the short film ends. You are unable to lose concentration while watching EXAM, thanks to the on-point sound editing and to the brilliant performance of the protagonist, to the great screenwriting and the masterful plot development. Everything could have gone smoothly, but instead the main character gets stuck in an unforeseen series of unlucky events, and everything that happens to her keeps you glued to the screen, hoping that she will eventually succeed. EXAM narrates a sexist society that discriminates and limits women’s freedom, even when power is female, as you can tell during the school scenes. The direction is dry and powerful, able to perfectly develop this psychological thriller.

EXAM won the Critics’ Award at Amarcort Film Festival 2020, but was obviously awarded with many prizes around the world. At Sundance Film Festival it won Best Actress, at El Gouna Film Festival it won Best Short Film, ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao it won Best Short Film, at AFI Fest it won Best Live Action Short Film and at Afrodite Shorts it won Best International Short Film. The film was also selected for several other festivals around the world, from Uppsala International Short Film Festival to TIFF Toronto Int. Film Festival and others.

Title: EXAM
Director: Sonia K. Hadad
Country: Iran
Year: 2019
Running time: 15′