Awards & Honors for Iranian Filmmakers Abroad

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Active ImageHong Kong's 2009 Asian Film Festival has awarded Iranian filmmaker Shalizeh Arefpour's first feature-length production Heiran.

The 88-minute film received the New Talent Award of the festival, held from Oct. 15 to 30.

Arefpour's film competed with Risky Liu's Pastry (Hong Kong), Naito Takatsugu's Dark Harbor (Japan), Ho Tzu Nyen's Here (Singapore), Bono Lee's Beijing is Coming (Hong Kong, China), Zhao Yae's Jalainur (China), Laxmikant Shetgaonkar's Man Behind the Bridge (India) and Yang Ik-june's Breathless (Korea).

Heiran is the story of a 17-year-old Iranian girl who falls in love with an Afghan student (Heiran) and marries him against her family's will.

Shalizeh Arefpour, best known for her documentaries, made her first film Under the Skin of Baran in 2001 and her first short film Shadow of the Moon was screened in 2004.

The Goal in the Dark (2003) and Inside Me (2004) are her other documentaries.

Italy's 12th Religion Today Film Festival has granted its Best Short Film award to Iran's God Sees directed by Reza Jamali.

The 15-minute film, which participated in the event's In The Spirit Of Faith category, recounts the story of a young clergyman who returns to his village after 16 years.

Active ImageGod Sees was nominated for the award along with Chaim Elbaum's And Thou Shalt Love, Ute Wegmann's Best Funerals in the World, Erez Hadad's Cracks and Damlasu Temizel Kiziklioglu's Reed-Flute Says.

The 2009 Religion Today Film Festival was held on the theme of 'Born from Above. New Life in Faith', screening documentaries, feature-length and short films in the Italian cities of Trento, Rome, Bolzano, Bassano and Nomadelfia.

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has been selected to serve on the jury of the 2009 Silk Road Film Festival in Turkey.

Majidi will lead the International Golden Karagoz Feature Film Competition Grand Jury of the festival, which will be held from Nov. 14 to 22.

The 50-year-old director will be joined by Atilla Gigor (Hungary), Marie Jaoul de Poncheville (France), Cansel Elcin (Turkey), Fadik Sevin Atasoy (Turkey), Velissarios Kossivakis (Greece) and Andrey Karanikolov (Russia).

Majid Majidi is the first Iranian filmmaker to receive an Academy Award Nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film with his 1997 Children of Heaven and his 96-minute Song of Sparrows represented Iran at the 81st Oscar Awards.

He started his cinematic activities with acting and appeared in numerous films, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1985 Boycott.

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