Awards for Iranian Filmmakers & Actors

Monday, October 26, 2009

Active ImageThe young Iranian actor Ali Shademan received a special mention from the jury at the Dutch Cinekid film festival.
He received the award for his extraordinary performance in “A Time to Love” by director Ebrahim Foruzesh.

In the film, Shademan plays a boy suffering from spastic paralysis who is kept hidden from the outside world by his family. During a discussion that followed the film screenings, the organizers and the jury learned much to their surprise, that in real life, the actor is perfectly normal and healthy.

Cinekid is an International Film, Television and New Media Festival for Children and Young Adults held annually in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its 23rd edition ran from October 18 to 25.

“A Time to Love” had previously won two awards at the Carrousel International Film Festival for Children in Canada in September.

The film was awarded the CIFEJ award as well as the Best Feature Film Prize by the jury, which consisted of 10 to 12 year old children from Quebec, Canada and other countries.

“A Time to Love” is about a handicapped boy who is the little darling of his middle-class family, but when his little brother is born, everyone ignores him.
Iranian filmmaker Rasoul Sadr-Ameli has won a special award for “Every Night, Loneliness” at the 12th Religion Today Film Festival.
He received the special jury award of the students of the FSC Università Pontificia Salesiana during the closing ceremony of the event, which took place in the Italian cities of Trento, Rome, Bolzano, Bassano, and Nomadelfia from October 14 to 24.

“Every Night, Loneliness” is about Atieh, who provides a consultation service for couples calling her at a radio station, where he works. However, she faces a problem with her husband when they travel to Mashhad to visit the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

“This film highlights the difference between a pilgrim and a tourist,” Sadr-Ameli said during the award presentation ceremony on October 24.

“When a pilgrim begins the journey he/she tries to be a better man as well as to put away animus and also tries to behave with the good manners of a pilgrim,” he added.

Starring Leila Hatami and Hamed Behdad, the movie is the second film of his trilogy, “The City that I Love”, all about pilgrims who travel to Mashhad to visit the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

The first part of the trilogy, “The Night” won the Best Feature Film award at the Religion Today 2008.

“Awaiting a Miracle”, the last part of the trilogy, is scheduled to begin in Mashhad in early November.
Iranian filmmakers have been awarded at the 2009 edition of Cinemanila International Film Festival in the Filipino city of Taguig.

Malaysia-based Alireza Khatami and Ali Seiffouri received the event's Best Sea Short award for their 12-minute Focal Point.

A joint-production of Iran and Malaysia, Focal Point is about an old photographer, who uses a magical camera to tell people who their soul mate is.

The 11th Cinemanila festival's Grand Jury Prize went to Tulpan by Sergey Dvortsevoy and Steve McQeen's Hunger won the event's Lino Brocka grand prize.

Held from Oct. 15 to 25, the festival screened about 100 films including selected productions from Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance and Pusan international film festivals.

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