Wild Bunch has picked up Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s latest film Green Days ahead of Venice.

The docu-fiction title was announced as the “surprise” out of competition screening last week. The film tells the story of a depressed Iranian girl who tries to find hope in the June 2009 elections.

Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval says the film highlights “the plight of women in Iran and the political impasse in which the population finds itself followed by the birth of an incredible hope surrounding the campaign of Mir Hossein Moussavi and ultimately anger and repression following the election”.

Makhmalbaf, who made her Venice debut in 2003 aged just 15 years old, shot the film clandestinely and was able to bring together “unique testimony” about the recent events in Iran, Maraval added. The film includes never before seen footage shot on the streets of Tehran.

Green Days has also been selected for the Vanguard section of Toronto and in San Sebastian’s Zabaltegui section.