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Awards for Iranians’ Cultural Achievements

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*'A Separation', Second Best 2011 Film

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound has selected Asghar Farhadi's A Separation as the second best film of the year.

Nader and Simin: A Separation ranks second after Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, The Daily reported.

Critics also announced The Kid with a Bike directed by the Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne as the third best 2011 film.

About 100 critics and curators voted on the films to introduce the 2011 top ten movies and cinematic highlights.

Farhadi's critically acclaimed production Nader and Simin: A Separation has also entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's latest drama will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards recently granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The award-sweeper family drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

Farhadi's film also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

*Goa Festival Awards Farhadi Drama

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been awarded at the 2011 edition of Goa International film festival (IFFI).

Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has received the Best Director Silver Peacock award of the Indian event.

The festival closed on December 3 with Columbian filmmaker Alejandro Landes's Porfirio winning the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards has also granted its Best Foreign Film award to Farhadi's A Separation.

Nader and Simin: A Separation 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.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's latest production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

The film has been also nominated as Iran's representative in the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film section of the 84th Academy Awards.

Founded in 1952, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.

The 42nd edition of the festival was held from November 23 to December 3, 2011.

*Iranian Theater Scholar Receives French Order of Chivalry

The French government bestowed the Chevalier of the Order of Academic Palms to Iranian theater scholar Professor Ahmad Kamyabi Mask, the Persian service of ISNA reported.

Kamyabi Mask, 68, received his doctorat d’État (state doctorate) from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France and his dissertation on Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” attracted the attention of several literary critics and Ionesco.

His dissertation was published in the form of the book under the title of “Qua-t-on fait de Rhinocéros dEugène lonesco à travers le monde?” (How is Eugène lonesco’s “Rhinoceros” performed around the world?) which contained a preface by Eugène Ionesco.

In his research, Kamyabi Mask reviewed the performances of Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” in Germany, France, Romania, Iran, Japan and the United States, and interpreted them according to the social and political situations in the countries.

The renowned 20th century French stage director Jean-Louis Barrault staged “Rhinoceros” after reading Kamyabi’s research on the play, Kamyabi mentioned in a short biography.

Some of his books including “Ionesco and His Theater” and “Interviews with Samuel Becket, Eugène Ionesco and J.-L. Barrault” were published in French and Persian.

The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a French Order of Chivalry for academics, and cultural and educational figures.

*Iranian Filmmaker Brings Home India’s Golden Elephant

The Iranian film “Meadow” was selected as the best film at the International Children’s Film Festival India, the Golden Elephant.

Directed by Mohammad-Ali Talebi, the film won a Golden Elephant Trophy for Best Feature Film.

“Meadow” narrates the nomadic migration of a family whose young adult son was obliged to drive their herd to the country which involved him in some problems.

About 154 films from 38 countries were screened across 13 theaters in Hyderabad during the festival which was held from November 14 to 20.

The festival was organized by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh government.

Iranian documentarian Marjan Riahi was also among the jury of this edition of the Golden Elephant.

The International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI), also popularly known as The Golden Elephant, is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children’s cinema to young audiences in India.

The festival had three Competition Sections: Competition International, Competition India, and Competition Little Directors where international and national films compete for the prestigious Golden Elephant Trophies, accompanied by cash awards.

*PLUS CAMERIMAGE Awards Iran's Kalari

Iran's Mahmoud Kalari has been awarded at the 2011 International Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE in Northern Poland.

Kalari received the Silver Frog award of the event for Nader and Simin: A Separation directed by Asghar Farhadi.

The Golden Frog of the festival was granted to Jolanta Dylewska for In Darkness by Polish film director Agnieszka Holland.

Farhadi's 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 New York Times has predicted that A Separation will win the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film of the 84th Academy Awards.

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards recently granted its Best Foreign Film award to Farhadi' latest production.

The family drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

Farhadi's film also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE is the greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators.

The 19th International Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE was held from November 26 to December 3, 2011, in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

*Italian Festival Awards Iran's 'Orion'

Iranian filmmaker Ali Zamani-Esmati's latest production Orion has been awarded at the 2011 edition of Mediterranean Cinema MedFilm Festival in Italy.

Zamani-Esmati's 88-minute production won the top award of the 17th edition of the festival in the Italian capital of Rome, ISNA reported.

Orion is a psychological drama, portraying the desperate situation of a young Iranian girl and her helpless struggles in a traditional society.

The movie also won Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award of the 2010 Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

The 2011 Mediterranean Cinema MedFilm Festival also honored renowned Egyptian actor Omar Sharif with a career award.

This year's event ran from November 19 to 27, 2011.

*APSA Awards Farhadi's 'Separation'

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has won the best film honor of the fifth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

Farhadi received the award from Hong Kong producer and president of the jury, Nansun Shi during a ceremony on Queensland's Gold Coast on November 24, 2011, Screen Daily reported.

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia by Turkish filmmaker Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da also won three awards, including the Screen International Jury Grand Prize.

“The films in the competition are all very, very wonderful films, but (these) two films stood out to the jury as outstanding in all aspects of their filmmaking,” said Shi.

Nader and Simin: A Separation 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.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's latest production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

The film has been also nominated as Iran's representative in the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film section of the 84th Academy Awards.

More than 70 filmmakers from 25 countries participated at the 2011 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

*Dutch Festival Cool with “Last Days of Winter”

Iranian documentary “The Last Days of Winter” has won the BlackBerry Award at the 24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Directed by Mehrdad Oskuii, the film is a portrait of seven Iranian boys in a youth detention center, talking candidly about their lives.

The jury called the documentary “a heart warming and genuine film,” in a statement published on the website of the festival.

“The interaction between filmmaker and the characters is straight forward and humorous, but most of all shows us the strength and honesty of the boys,” the jury added.

The South Korean film “Planet of Snail”, on the everyday life of deaf and blind Young-Chan and the love of his life Soon-Ho, received the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary.

The Special Jury Award went to “5 Broken Cameras”, about a Palestinian village resisting the encroachment of Jewish settlements.

*Iran's 'Seperation' Wins NYCC Award

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards has granted its Best Foreign Film award to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi' Nader and Simin: A Separation.

This year's top prize of Best Picture went to The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, who was also named the Best Director.

The NYFCC, which was founded in 1935, consists of acclaimed New York-based critics who meet annually to vote on the best movies and actors of the year.

Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

According to the Spirit Awards website, Nader and Simin: A Separation will compete with a number of acclaimed productions such as Melancholia by Lars von Trier, Shame by Steve McQueen, and The Kid With a Bike by Dardenne.

Farhadi's latest film recently won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

The movie 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.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

The film has been nominated as Iran's representative in the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film section of the 84th Academy Awards.

Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards or Friends of Independents Awards (FINDIE) are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers.

This year's winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony that will be held in Los Angeles on February 25, 2012.

*Iranian Graphic Designers Honored at Taiwanese Contest

Two Iranian poster designers were honored at the Taiwan International Poster Design Awards which was held in Taipei.

Posters created by Mehdi Saeidi and Mehdi Mahdian were honored in Category B of the award which is dedicated to commercial posters.

Saeidi won a bronze medal for the poster he designed for the Shams-i Tabrizi Festival.

The Judges’ Special Award went to Mehdi Mahdian for his poster on 24th Tehran International Book Fair.

The Taiwan International Poster Design Award is hosted by the Department of Commercial Affairs to promote Taiwan’s commercial design and to continue the exchange and interaction between its commercial design services and the international community.

This competition selects outstanding works of international standard to raise the visibility of Taiwan’s design potential and broaden the horizon of Taiwan's design industry.

*Iranian Illustrator Awarded at Belgrade Golden Pen Biennial

Iranian children’s book illustrator Sima Shahmoradi was awarded at the Belgrade Golden Pen Biennial.

She won the Belgrade Golden Pen plaque for illustrating “The Legend of Golden Bergamot” written by Atusa Shamlu.

Two other plaques from the event went to illustrators Vitali Konstantinov for “And then” (Germany) and Doru basil for “History of the World” (Serbia).

All categories of illustrations for books, magazines, newspapers, bibliophile editions, animated films, cartoons and electronic media from all over the world participated at the event.

Organizers of the Biennial are the Serbian Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers, (ULUPUDS), and the Exhibition Council.

*Tajikistan Honors Iranian Conductor Arash Amini

Tajikistan’s Ministry of Culture bestowed the national highest honorary medal upon the renowned Iranian conductor and musician Arash Amini during a ceremony in Dushanbe.

He was honored after a performance by the opera orchestra of Dushanbe which had been conducted by Amini as a guest conductor.

Amini has spent last week in Tajikistan holding intense rehearsal sessions for orchestra’s members to prepare them for the performances.

“Opera Avicenna” by Tajik composer Aria Michiel Borstlap, Georges Bizet Overture from ‘Carmen’, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra and “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Heitor Villa-Lobos were some of pieces performed by the orchestra.

Other pieces were two movements from Iranian musician Heshmat Sanjari’s composition Persian Picture and “Oh, My Land” composed by Tajik musician T. Sattarov.

Their performance, which was accompanied by a chorus, was given a warm reception by the audience.

Amini is the head of the music section of section ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) and the art manager of Iran’s Rudaki Symphony Orchestra.

The event was cosponsored by Tajikistan’s Ministry of Culture and the ECO Cultural Institute.

*Chinese Festival Awards Animation “Zero”

The Iranian animation “Zero” was awarded at the Sichuan TV Festival which was held in Chengdu, China from November 11 to 13.

Produced by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults and directed by Nazanin Sobhan-Sarbandi, “Zero” won the Special Jury Award of the festival.

Founded in 1991, the biennial Sichuan TV Festival (SCTVF) is a leading international film and TV program market in Asia.

2011 SCTVF features International TV Program Market, International “Gold Panda” Awards, Multicultural Media Events, World Media Development Forum and International Radio, TV, Network Equipment and Multimedia Exhibition.

The event is hosted by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, and Sichuan Provincial People’s Government.

*Iran's Riahi to Judge at Indian Filmfest

Iranian documentary filmmaker and film critic Marjan Riahi will serve on the jury of the 2011 Golden Elephant International Children Film Festival (ICFFI) in India.

Riahi is slated to serve as a jury member in the Main section of the 17th edition of the festival that will be held in Hyderabad, ISNA reported.

Also a journalist, Riahi, is the manager of Iran's Short Film News (SFN) and has judged in several international festivals including the 2010 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, the 2007 Kabul International Documentary and Short Film Festival and the 2008 Grand Off - European Off Film Awards in Warsaw, Poland.

Her first directing experience was a documentary called Eternal Mothers, which was screened at numerous Iranian and international festivals and won the 2002 Best Short Documentary Award of the Dubai Short Film Festival.

The Golden Elephant Festival, as one of the most important world events for children, presents features, shorts and animation films.

The event is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most imaginative and delightful international and national children's cinema to young audiences in India.

The 2011 edition of the festival is scheduled to kick off on November 14, 2011 and will run for one week.

*Iranian Short Films Praised at London Festival

Two Iranian short films have been honored at the 7th London Kurdish Film Festival (LKFF).

“Pomegranate Is the Fruit of Paradise” directed by Teymur Qaderi won the first prize of the 3rd Yilmaz Güney Short Film Competition of the LKFF.

The film is about Shadi, whose parents do not allow her go to school, but her friend Saeid decides he will try to teach her himself.

Jalal Saedpanah was awarded the Jury Special Prize for his “The Sound of Rain”, about a bird, boy and cage maker living alone.

The Turkish film “Five Stones” by Kenan Tekes and Riza Barut received the second prize and the Iraqi film “Land of the Heroes” by Sahim Omar Kalifa won the third prize.

“The Sunset of a Snail” by Azad Mohammadi, Shadow’s Peace Time” by Osman Mohammadi, “Maryam’s Flowers” by Ruhollah Akbari, “Banquet under the Water” by Babak Amini, and “4441st Day of My Life” by Nazir Mirzaii were other Iranian films screened in the section.

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