Awards for Iranian Films
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
*The Iranian documentary “One Day Full of Pain” was selected as the Best Documentary Film at the Skena Up International Students Film and Theater Festival.
Directed by Sattar Chamani-Gol, the film went on screen at the International Competition of the festival, which was held from December 3 to 10 in Pristina, Kosovo.
The film narrates the story of an old man living in a Kurdish village in Iran who practices traditional osteopathy. He works with simple tools like cardboard, wood and textile and is critical of contemporary professionals.
The 20-minute documentary film, which is provided with English subtitles, is produced by Setak Film Company in Sanandaj.
SKENA UP aims to promote artistic and professional values in Kosovo, as well as partnership and artistic commitment between the homeland and other countries in the world.
*Iranian religious-themed blockbuster “The Kingdom of Solomon” took the first-place award at Iraq’s Jewar Film Festival, picking up two prizes including best movie and director.
The first international film festival of Iraq also honored Iraqi-Kurdish film “The Initial Strike” by handing it the second award.
The big-budget “The Kingdom of Solomon” by director Shahriar Bahrani is produced by the Farabi Cinematic Foundation and features the life of Prophet Solomon (AS) based on narrations from the Holy Quran.
According to producer Mojtaba Faravardeh, the budget spent on the project is 50 billion rials (about $50m). “I believe ‘Kingdom of Solomon’ is the first time a digital film made with the latest modern technology has been experienced in the country”, he had once said in a previous interview.
In addition, “Farewell Baghdad”, Iran’s submission to the Academy Awards shared the third place award with the Iraqi -Kurdish film “Scarecrows Alley”.
The festival kicked off on December 4 at the National Theater Hall in Baghdad with the participation of Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish films.
“The Kingdom of Solomon” is still on silver screens across the country having earned about $2.7m. Young actor Amin Zendegani plays the role of Solomon (AS). Mahmud Pakniyyat, Mehdi Faqih, Hossein Mahjub and Elham Hamidi are among the cast members.
*The 2010 edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded The Other, a feature-length film directed by Iran's Mehdi Rahmani.
Rahmani's first feature-length production received the event's Best Children's Feature Film award during a ceremony held in Queensland, Australia.
The Other depicts the relationship between a boy and man, who is soon to become his stepfather.
Produced by Mohammad Ali Najafi and Shafi Agha Mohammadian, the film has also won the World Premiere Prize of the 2010 International Avanca Film Festival held in Portugal.
The 2010 APSA's Best Feature Film prize went to Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's Aftershock, while the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature Film prizes were granted to China's Piercing and Last Train Home respectively.
This year's films were judged by Tannishtha Chatterjee (India), Ellery Ryan (Australia), Salman Aristo (Indonesia), Ming Zhenjiang (China), Sergey Dvortsevoy (Kazakhstan), Serdar Akar (Turkey) and Lord David Puttnam (UK), who led the board of jury.
Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also received a USD 25,000 grant from the Motion Picture Association and APSA for the script development of his next project Nadar and Simin: A Separation.
The film 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."
Farhadi won last year's Best Screenplay and the Jury Grand APSA awards for his About Elly.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is a collaboration involving CNN International, UNESCO and the FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
*Iranian actor Hamid Farrokhnejad has been awarded at the 2010 Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan.
Farrokhnejad received the best actor award for his role in Shahram Asadi’s ‘The Night of Incident’.
Over 50 films from 18 countries, including Japan, Singapore and Indonesia participated in the event.
Last week, two other Iranian films ‘The Other’ and ‘Separation of Nader and Simin’ were awarded at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
APSA is held in Australia and is quite different from the Taiwanese gala (APFF).
Directed by Mehdi Rahmani, ‘The Other’ won the festival’s Best Children’s Feature Film award.
Noted Iranian director Asghar Farhadi also received a script development grant (a cash prize of $25,000) for his latest project ‘Separation of Nader and Simin’.
*An Iranian movie depicting a US soldier accidentally shooting a little girl during a raid on her home in Iraq has officially entered for the 2011 Academy Awards.
Farewell Baghdad, directed and written by 37-year-old Iranian Mehdi Naderi, tells the gritty story of American troops in war-ravaged Iraq.
Naderi says his film, which explores the motivation and doubts of both US soldiers and Iraqi militants, has been made on a shoestring budget, Reuters reported.
The movie depicts a Polish-American failed boxer who joins the US Army and finds himself on tense foot patrols in the war-torn country.
During the film, Daniel is portrayed as a regular guy struggling to come to terms with the violent and alien environment in which he finds himself.
Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards.
The Oscar winners are named in a telecast in February.