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Awards for Iranian Filmmakers and Artists

Friday, July 15, 2011

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Russian Festival Awards Farhadi Film

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been awarded at the 2011 edition of Saint Petersburg Film Festival.

The family drama won the Grand Prix for best film in the Best of the Best section of the festival which was held from July 10 to 15, 2011.

The prize was present by scriptwriter and chairman of the competition jury Rustam Ibragimbekov.

Nader and Simin: A Separation recounts the story of an Iranian middle-class couple who are getting a divorce, while considering the future of their only child.

The film won the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

It also won the USD 60,000 Sydney Film Prize of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival after competing against this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Tree of Life.

farhadi received a USD 25,000 grant from the Motion Picture Association and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for the script development of the drama which was assessed as "a beautiful human study of a very normal everyday life, with people in a region who are being challenged all the time by issues social, geographical and financial."

The Hollywood Reporter has predicted the film will be among next year's foreign language Oscars nominees.

Sacher Film, which belongs to Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, also acquired the rights to distribute the film in Italy and screen it in cinemas starting June 2011.

Nader and Simin, A Separation has been invited to take part in the 'horizons' section of the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

*Iranian Kids Praised at Bulgarian Contest

Iranian children have been praised at the 2011 edition of Nova Zagora International Children's Art Exhibition, held in southeastern Bulgaria.

Marzieh Ahmadi, Zahra Qezelsofla, Zeinab Kianinejad, Fatemeh Pourali, Sana Hosseinabadi, Sina Mozouni, Fatemeh Mohammadi, Fatemeh Khosravi, Hadis Rezaei, Ali Mesbah and Mana Mohammadpour received the honorary diplomas of Nova Zagora 2011.

Some 15 Iranian works took part in the event, all created by members of the country's Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) from different provinces.

Bulgaria's 13th Nova Zagora International Children's Art Exhibition presented 2,048 works from 25 countries.

The IIDCYA has branches all over Iran, providing schoolchildren, teachers and parents with a wide range of cultural products such as books, audio tapes, films and toys.

Established in 1961, the institute also organizes festivals, discussion panels, contests and conferences for and about children and young adults.

*Italy Festival Awards Iran Documentary

Iranian director Behrouz Nouranipour's war documentary has been awarded at the 2011 edition of Sole Luna International Film Festival in the Italian city of Palermo.

Nouranipour's documentary, A crime in silence, won the best short film prize for the section “Through the land” at the 6th Sole Luna International Film Festival held in July, ISNA reported.

The jury privileged the film for depicting the tragedy of war and the horrible effects it has on people living in the war-affected areas, using the example of a family and the interesting metaphor of destructing human face to express the concept of war.

The film narrates the story of a family living in a border village near the Iranian town of Sardasht during the Iran- Iraq war.

Located in West Azerbaijan Province, Sardasht was struck by Iraqi chemical weapons on June 28, 1987. Over 1,000 individuals were killed and more than 8,000 were permanently disabled due to the attack.

The war documentary depicts the life of every child in the family who gradually loses his/her vision after birth due to the consequences of the chemical bombardment.

Sole Luna (Sun Moon) International Film Festival, as one of the most important festivals in Europe, is held annually in two main categories: documentaries and feature films.

The Festival focuses on the Islamic and the European Mediterranean cultures and uses various artistic mediums to promote inter-cultural understandings.

*South African Filmfest Awards Farhadi Drama

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been awarded at the 2011 edition of South Africa's Durban International Film Festival.

The family drama won both the Best Feature Film award and the Best Screenplay award at the 32nd edition of South Africa's longest-running film festival held from July 21 to 31, ISNA reported.

The international jury of the festival lauded the movie as a “masterpiece” with “amazing performances by the cast.”

The Durban International Film Festival runs annually for around 12 days at the end of July, presenting over 250 screenings of current films from around the world with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa.

Farhadi's acclaimed drama depicts a middle-class Iranian couple who are getting a divorce, while considering the future of their only child.

The movie has received numerous international awards including the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast.

It also won awards at several recent festivals comprising the 2011 Sydney Film Festival after competing against this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Tree of Life, the 2011 edition of Saint Petersburg Film Festival in Russia and received the Golden Arena for the best film at the 2011 Pula Film Festival in Croatia.

The Hollywood Reporter has predicted the film will be among next year's foreign language Oscar nominees.

Sacher Film, which belongs to Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, also acquired the rights to distribute the film in Italy and screen it in cinemas from June 2011.

The movie Nader and Simin, A Separation has been invited to take part in the “horizons” section of the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The movie will also premier in Italy and Norway from December 25, 2011, and the Brazilian theaters will screen the film from January 6, 2012.

*FIDMarseille Awards Iran Documentary

The 2011 edition of the FIDMarseille International Film Festival has awarded the Iranian documentary, Moving Up, directed by Loqman Khaledi.

The 58-minute production which made its world premiere at the French festival won the award of the event's First Film Competition section, ISNA reported.

The film also took part in this year's International Competition section and won the award, beating productions from France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.

Moving Up is Khaledi's first long documentary and recounts the story of a civil worker who dreams of becoming a novelist and has drafted some stories as well.

The film was screened twice during the festival and was warmly welcomed by the audience.

The 22nd FIDMarseille International Film Festival was held from July 6 to July 11, 2011.

*Armenia Awards Iranian Family Drama

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation has topped the 2011 edition of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival.

The family drama won the Golden Apricot Award of the event's International Feature Film section.

Nader and Simin: A Separation recounts the story of a middle-class Iranian couple who are getting a divorce, while considering the future of their only child.

The film has won numerous international awards including the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

It also won the USD 60,000 Sydney Film Prize of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival after competing against this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Tree of Life.

Farhadi received a USD 25,000 grant from the Motion Picture Association and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for the script development of the drama which was assessed as "a beautiful human study of a very normal everyday life, with people in a region who are being challenged all the time by issues social, geographical and financial."

The Hollywood Reporter has predicted the film will be among next year's foreign language Oscars nominees.

Sacher Film, which belongs to Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, also acquired the rights to distribute the film in Italy and screen it in cinemas starting June 2011.

Winners of the 8th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival were announced during a ceremony held at the Latar hotel complex on Sunday.

The event's Silver Apricot award went to The Journals of Musan by Park Jungbum while the Special Jury Prize was presented to The Prize by Paula Markovitch.

*Isabelle Salari Iranian Painting Genius

The twelve-year-old Isabelle Salari is a genius in art as the critics and experts exclaim, pointing to her collection of abstract paintings. Her exhibition last year of her works in Rome surprised every visitor, the Persian service of ISNA reported.

Maestro Alberto Vespaziani, President of the Association of Cento Pittori di Via Margutta regarded her paintings as extremely beautiful, saying that only famous artists in the world could make such significant works.

Italy-based Iranian young adult Isabelle Salari will be taking part in the First International Festival of Visual Arts for Children and Young Adults in Isfahan, which opens on Saturday (July 23).

The first edition of the festival will be hosting participants from different countries, including Italy, Albania, Tajikistan, and Lebanon, competing with Iranian children, director of the Office for Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mahmud Shaluii said in a press conference.

“Adults have enjoyed several festivals and programs over the past years, but a special program for children was missing. And this is the first edition with several international artists,” Shaluii added.

He continued that children would be offering their artworks in different fields including painting, illustration, cartoon, drawing, collage, and calligraphy.

“Nature, family respect, sports, rain, fresh air and prayers are some of the topics selected for the festival in which children aged 6-9 years old and young adults 10-14 years will be competing,” he mentioned.

He added that the jury comprised of adults will be judging the works this year but he expressed hope that children will be judging next year and in future editions.

Several workshops will also be set up during the festival that is running until July 27.

The event has been organized by the Office for Visual Arts. The Isfahan Municipality and the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults are among the festival’s sponsors.

*Croatia Awards Farhadi Drama

Iran's Nader and Simin, A Separation keeps sweeping international awards, scooping the main prize of the 2011 Pula Film Festival in Croatia.

Asghar Farhadi's family drama competed with 21 films from July 9 to 23, and won the event's Golden Arena for the best film.

Nader and Simin: A Separation recounts the story of a middle-class Iranian couple who are getting a divorce, while considering the future of their only child.

The film has won numerous international awards including the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

It also won the USD 60,000 Sydney Film Prize of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival after competing against this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Tree of Life.

Farhadi received a USD 25,000 grant from the Motion Picture Association and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for the script development of the drama which was assessed as "a beautiful human study of a very normal everyday life, with people in a region who are being challenged all the time by social, geographical and financial issues."

The Hollywood Reporter has predicted the film will be among next year's foreign language Oscars nominees.

Sacher Film, which belongs to Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, also acquired the rights to distribute the film in Italy and screen it in cinemas starting June 2011.

Nader and Simin: A Separation will premier in Italy and Norway from December 25, 2011, and the Brazilian theaters will screen the film from January 6, 2012.

*Iranian Actress Selected for Portuguese Festival Jury

Iranian actress Anna Nemati was selected as a jury member of Portugal’s Avanca Film Festival, which will be held from July 19 to 24.

Appearing in several movies including “Aal” and “Snow on the Hot Roof”, Nemati will be judging films for the first time.

Iranian cineaste Mehdi Rahmani was also among the jury members selected for the festival. He will also hold a workshop during the event.

Entitled “The Impact of Documentary Cinema on Fiction Films”, the workshop will be accompanied by a retrospective on his documentaries.

For more than a decade, the Avanca Film Festival has screened significant films in different genres including animation feature films, documentaries, and experimental videos during the festival.

*Slovenian Contest Praises Iranian Kids

Three Iranian children have been praised at the 16th edition of the International Competition of Children's Art Works held in Slovenia.

Diba Karimi, Kimia Niazmandan and Mahdieh Ramzi received honorary diplomas for their works on the theme of 'Ethnological Dress and Folk Dances of My People, Mehr News Agency reported.

Cosponsored by Slovenia's World of Art Magazine and the Gallery of Young People's Art Works Celje, the event asked participants to “select something that has represented” their “people for centuries,” and the “ethnological dress and folk dances” of their nation.

The three Iranian representatives are all members of Iran's Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) which covers a wide range of cultural and artistic activities in the country such as releasing books, audio tapes, films and toys for Iranian kids.

Founded in 1961, the institute has branches all across the country and is known as the best source of cultural and instructional products by educational centers and families.

The IIDCYA also organizes festivals, discussion panels, competitions and various conferences addressing children, and adults who want to improve their understanding of their children.

*Iranian Play Well Received in Italy

Iranian artist Mehrdad Kouroshnia's stage play Last Letter has been warmly welcomed at the 2011 Festival of the Two Worlds, Spoleto International Open Festival, in Italy.

Kouroshnia's comic play was performed by the Bahman Theater Troupe from the Iranian city of Karaj, was staged for two days at the festival in the ancient Italian city of Spoleto on July 4 and 5, 2011, Mehr News Agency reported.

The play narrates the story of three men, played by Iranian stage actors Pouria Rahimi, Navid Mohammadzadeh and Meysam Norouzi, at the scene of a battle.

Stage designer Arvand Dashtaray, composer Ali Shahbazi, and co-director Mohammad Kouroshnia are among the crew accompanying the troupe during their Italy performance.

The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) is an annual event held in June to early July in Spoleto.

Situated in the heart of the Italian region of Umbria, Spoleto is taken over by a whirlwind of artistic activity in the fields of classical music, theater, visual arts and cinema.

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