Asian Cinema Competition

World War III

Original Title: World War III
Director : Houman Seyyedi
Country : Iran
Language : Persian
Duration : 117 minutes
Year: 2022
Asian Cinema Competition


After being cast in a movie, a day laborer has to secretly shelter his lover on the set or else risk losing her and all that movie stardom has promised him.

Houman Seyyedi


Houman Seyyedi (Persian: هومن سيدی, born November 29, 1980) is an Iranian actor, director, screenwriter and editor. He has received various accolades, including six Crystal Simorghs–making him the only director to have three wins in the Special Jury Prize category–two Hafez Awards, five Iran’s Film Critics and Writers Association Awards, a NETPAC Award and an Asian New Talent Award. His sixth film, World War III (2022) won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.


– Mohsen Tanabandeh
– Mahsa Hejazi
– Neda Jebraeili


– Director: Houman Seyyedi
– Producer: Houman Seyyedi
– Editor: Houman Seyyedi
– Writer: Houman Seyyedi, Arian Vazirdaftari, Azad Jafarian
– DOP: Payman Shadmanfar
– Sound: Behzad Mehdizadeh
– Music: Bamdad Afshar


Winner -Asian World Film Festival 2022
(Special Jury Award , Best actor)
Winner-Venice International Film Festival 2022
(Special Jury Award , Best actor)
Winner-Tokyo International Film Festival 2022
(Special Jury Award)