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Awards for Iranian Films Abroad

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Active ImageThe 2009 Asiatica Film Mediale has awarded Iran's representative at the foreign language film category of the 82nd Academy Awards.

About Elly received the special jury award and the audience award of the Italian festival's 10th edition.

Asghar Farhadi's two-hour drama competed with Elchin Musaoglu's 40-ci Qapi, George Ovashvili's Gagma Napiri, Yung Tsz Kwong's Glamorous Youth, Keren Yedaya's Jaffa, Ratna Sarumpaet's Jamila Dan Sang President, Rustem Abdrashov's Podarok Stalinu and Uruphong Raksasad's Sawan Baan Na.

Mohammad Rasoulof's White Meadows was also screened at the festival's Out of Competition section.

Asiatica's Iranian Days section also screened documentaries made by Iranian filmmakers or about Iran.

Mehran Tamadon's Basiji, Rakhshan Bani Etemad's Angles of the House of the Sun and We are Half of Iran's Population, Bahman Kiarostami's Treasure Cave, Tourang Abedian's Not an Illusion and Petr Lom's Letters to the President were part of the event's Iran section.

The 10th Asiatica Film Mediale opened with a symposium on 'Does Finance Have a Soul?' on Oct. 29 and was held until Nov. 7, screening films from Azerbaijan, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Georgia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 17th edition of the Damascus International Film Festival has awarded an Iranian feature-length production directed by Abdolreza Kahani.

Active ImageTwenty won the festival's silver award during a ceremony held at the Damascus Culture and Art Center.

The 88-minute film is about a reception hall's staff, who fear for their jobs after the owner decides to sell the place in twenty days.

The psychological drama made its international debut at the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival after participating in numerous national festivals and being awarded at Iran's third International Urban Film Festival.

Abdolreza Kahani began his film career at the age of 15 and made his first short film, The Smile in 1988.

Empty Hands, Dance with the Moon, Adam and Over There are Kahani's other productions. Over There has received the Golden Alexander award of the Thessaloniki festival.

The 2009 Damascus film festival granted its gold and bronze awards to South Korea's Treeless Mountain and Morocco's Black House respectively.

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