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Awards for Iranian Filmmakers Abroad

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Active ImageIranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Wind Will Carry Us has been enlisted as one of the best films of the 2000s by TIFF Cinematheque.

More than 60 film curators, historians, and festival programmers around the world ranked Kiarostami's 1999 production as number 21 of the 50 best films of the 2000s.

The Wind Will Carry Us shared its ranking with the Taiwan/Japan produced film Yi Yi (A One and a Two) directed by Edward Yang.

The Thai art-house movie Syndromes and a Century by Apichatpong Weerasethakul topped the list as the decade's most respected film.

The list, which was released by the year-round screening program of the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Cinematheque, includes such great names as David Lynch, Michael Haneke and David Cronenberg.

Germany's 2009 edition of Up and Coming International Film Festival has awarded young Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Jafari.

Active ImageJafari's 3-minute Father Gave Water received the festival's Young Film Makers Award along with China's Day in a Life and Switzerland's Moon Children.

Films of the festival's international competition section were judged by Valerie Saunders (Norway), Gabrielle Kelly (US) and Alexandro Rodriguez (Mexico).

The 10th edition of the festival was held from Nov. 19 to 22 in Hannover, screening 107 films from 34 countries.

The Up and Coming film festival is an international competition for young filmmakers, which is held every two years, hosting young directors up to the age of 27.

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