The Foreign Language Film award committee will select five films from the shortlisted scores to become official contenders in the 87th edition of the race, slated for 22 February 2015.
Mardan stars Hossein Hassan, Helan Abdullah, Ismail Zagros and Feyyaz Duman. The film is produced by Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, 2000), the older brother of Batin.
In 2010, Batin’s short film Ask the Wind won the Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Other short features by the filmmaker include Surely Today (2002), Incommunicado (2003) and Broken Soldier (2004).