Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ nominated for Golden Globe

Friday, December 23, 2016

Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ nominated for Golden Globe
Iran’s Oscar entry ‘The Salesman’ directed by Asghar Farhadi has been nominated for the 74th Golden Globe awards in the foreign-language category.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the 74th Golden Globe nominations, which were revealed Monday morning, went to Germany's Toni Erdmann, France's Elle, Iran's The Salesman, Chile's Neruda, and another slot for France, crime-drama Divines, for the foreign-language category.
Asghar Farhadi’s Cannes award-winner drama ‘The Salesman’ which has been chosen to represent Iran at the 2017 Academy Awards, was named by the US National Board of Review as the best foreign language film of the year. It was also nominated by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost the award to French psychological thriller ‘Elle’.
If ‘The Salesman’ wins the Golden Globe award, its chances for winning the Oscar will rise tremendously. The Iranian drama tells the story of Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a couple who are part-time actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a Tehran production of Arthur Miller’s 'Death of a Salesman', when an intruder in their new home shakes this marriage to its core.


‘Inversion’ wins Best Film Award at MedFilm Festival
Iranian film ‘Inversion’ directed and written by Behnam Behzadi won the Best Film Award at 21st edition of MedFilm Festival.
The Italian event held on November 4-12 is home to different feature movies and documentaries made in the Mediterranean and the new Europe areas.
Inversion is Behnam Behzadi’s fourth directed feature film that has previously participated in Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival and received a positive review.
The title is a reference to thermal inversion, a meteorological condition causing air pollution. The drama centers around a woman, Niloufar (acted by Sahar Dolatshahi), who decides to take charge and find ways to better express herself in the smog-teeming metropolis of Tehran.


‘Atlan’ win prizes at intl. filmfests.
Iran’s ‘Atlan’ directed by Moein Karimoddini won the Best Documentary at the fourth edition of FRONTDOC international festival of Italy.  It also won the Honorable Mention and Crystal Medal at the 34th Milano International Film Festival, Sport Movies & TV.
‘Atlan’ relates the story of a horse-trainer, Ali Golnejad and his beloved horse, Ilhan, which is supposed to bring much success and glory to the family. Ali plans to marry his fiancé using the prize money won by Ilhan, but the events take a different turn to the worse and Ilhan receives an unfavorable draw, posing difficulties for Ali to grapple with winning the prize along Ilhan.
FRONTDOC is an international festival of documentary films devoted to the theme of borders (geographical, political, social, cultural, etc ..) and on the films that explore new frontiers between the documentary genre and other means of expression.
The 4th FRONTDOC took place in the city of Aosta, in Italy, on 11-13 November 2016.


Iranian filmmaker joins juries of Spanish filmfest.

Iranian filmmaker Nima Javidi known for his feature ‘Melbourne’ has joined the jury panel for the main competition section of 54th Gijón Film Festival, Spain.
Gijón International Film Festival, established in 1963 and now in its 54th year, is one of the oldest film festivals in Europe, held annually in various sections in the coastal city Gijón, Spain. In this edition, 15 films from various countries including Iran vie for a 20,000-euro cash prize in the main competition section.
Nima Javidi is part of the juries for the main competition section presided by Spanish director Judith Colell and including programmer Kathleen Haney of WorldFest Houston, and screenwriter and director Claudia Pinto.


Iran wins 2 awards in 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Winners in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, were announced on Friday at a glittering ceremony in Brisbane.
Hosted by Australian actor David Wenham and presenter Anjali Rao, the 2016 Awards marked the 10th year of APSA recognizing and promoting cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, one third of the earth and responsible for half of the world’s film output.
Best Documentary Feature Film was awarded to ‘Starless Dreams’ produced and directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, who accepted the award on the night.
The 10th APSA FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific region was presented to esteemed Iranian producer Manoochehr Mohammadi during the Ceremony. This marks the 10th FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations Award to be presented from the founding partnership between the two organisations. Mohammadi was awarded the 2013 UNESCO Award for his film Hoze Naghashi.


'The Daughter' wins Golden Peacock at IFFI 2016
Reza Mir Karimi's 'The Daughter,' has won the Golden Peacock at the 47th International Film Festival of India held in Goa on Monday.
The film also won the Best Actor Award for Farhad Aslani, who won the Silver Peacock prize and Rs.10 lakh in cash.
A family drama set in southern Iran, The Daughter brings out intergenerational conflict between a strict father and a young daughter.
Mir Karimi's movie won the Golden Peacock in competing with 14 films from the US, India, Russia, Czech, Canada, Turkey and Poland.
The Daughter tells the story of a young girl who leaves her hometown for a half-day trip to Tehran without permission of her strict father to attend a close friend's farewell party. On her way back weather changes all she had planned.
The Daughter had also won the Best Film Award in Moscow International Film Festival earlier this year.


'Without Eve' wins Best Film Award at MFFC
Iranian short movie 'Without Eve' won the Best Film Award at Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes.
The movie tells the story of loneliness and distress of a man and a woman who live together in their dreams.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highlights a selection of the best films in Europe, South America, and the rest of the world aiming to create a bridge between East and West part of the world bring more diversity into the Mediterranean countries and promote Mediterranean cinema to international audience.


‘Zapas’ shines at Asian Rainbow Awards
Borzou Niknejad’s comedy ‘Zapas’ won two awards at Asian Rainbow Awards in China.
Comedy Zapas written and directed by Borzou Niknejad and produced by Seyyed Amir Parvin Hosseini won the Best Comedy Award and closely watched TV award for Best Actress.
Zapas recounts the story of a third class soccer team which climbs to the second category. Saeed, major player of the team, is injured at the last minute of the last game and his health is endangered. The story of the movie then takes shape.
The third Asia Rainbow TV Awards ceremony was held on November 27 in Macao, China, with actors from Chinese mainland taking home Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress awards.


‘Long Farewell’ wins November prize in 12MFF
Farzad Motamen’s “Long Farewell’ has won the Best Feature Fiction of the Month in Romanian festival of 12 Months Film Festival, held online.
The festival based on Romania, holds monthly events and Motamen’s film won the November edition’s Best Feature Fiction.
A textile factory worker struggles to keep his life together after his life is shrouded in controversy by his wife’s death. He is revered by his co-workers and at constant threat from his wife’s brother, seeking retribution for her death.
Other Iranian film participant in the festival was iNiki Karimi’s ‘Night Shift;’ both movies are sponsored and distributed by Farabi Cinema Foundation.


Triple win for ‘Under the Shadow’ in BIFA
Persian-language horror film ‘Under the Shadow’ by Iranian director Babak Anvari which represents UK’s Oscar entry won three awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Sunday.
The Persian-language horror film Under the Shadow is set during the Iran-Iraq war where bombing campaigns slowly tear a mother and daughter apart. As they struggle to stay together in the midst of war, their grip on reality is threatened by a mysterious evil that stalks their apartment. Filmed in Jordan, the film is a co-production between the Qatar, Jordan and the UK.
The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) on Sunday awarded Anvari with the screenplay prize and the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director, and Avin Manshadi, its nine-year-old star, won supporting actress.


‘A157’ wins Special Jury Prize at Signes de Nuit
Behrouz Nouranipour’s war documentary ‘A157’ won the Special Jury Prize at the 14th International Festival Signes de Nuit in France.
The award has been given to the Iranian shocking movie for amazing expression of painful and palpable aspects of reality.
The juries stated "the documentary has been honored to receive the award for the way it has chosen to show the tragedies and consequences of war, without showing war itself, and using painful story of three girls in the middle of war."
A157 has been recently awarded by Library International Film Festival of India and won the Special Jury Award at Iran’s Cinéma Véritére.
It narrates the story of three pregnant girls recounting their stories of war, violence and sexist conquest in a land where people have no more dreams.
French festival was held in Paris, from November 24 to December 4.


Doha Film Institute recruits Farhadi as Qumra Master
Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is among the first recruited masters for the Doha Film Institute’s 2017 Qumra event which seeks to provide mentorship for filmmakers around the world.
Highly-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, known for his Oscar-winning film “A Separation” and Cannes award-winner drama “The Salesman”, as well as French director Bruno Dumont, and Cambodian-born documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh are the first recruited masters for the Doha Film Institute’s 2017 Qumra event, according to Variety.
Each Qumra Master will participate in a series of masterclasses, workshops and one-on-one sessions with directors of participating DFI-backed projects and industry professionals from around the world, and also screen one of their pics for Doha audiences.


'Bodyguard' shines at BIFF
Ebrahim Hatamikia’s feature movie ‘Bodyguard’ has won The 1st Prize in the 8th edition of Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF).
The festival, which opened in the Iraqi capital on Saturday September 03, was attended by representatives of the embassies of France, the Netherlands, US and a number of artists and officials of cultural organizations.
An international jury at the festival awarded The 1st Prize of Long Fiction Competition to the most recent work of Iranian acclaimed filmmaker Ebrahim Hatamikia entitled 'Bodyguard'.
'Bodyguard' was first shown in the 34th Fajr International Film Festival and tells the story of a middle-aged man who protects high-ranking political figures. However, he gets into trouble when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest approaches the vice president.


'Ardak' wins Special Jury Award at DIFF
Esmail Monsef’s short movie ‘Ardak’ won Special Jury Award at the 14th Dhaka International Film Festival held in Bangladesh.
A product of Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS), Ardak narrates the story of a man waiting for his son who left the country a few years ago.
Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) is a biennial film festival held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
DIFF is one of the most prestigious film events in Bangladesh, dedicated to introduce the mainstream global cinema to the local filmmakers as well as to promote healthy cine culture within Bangladesh.
It was held on December 3-10 in Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh.


Photographer awarded Best Paralympic Photography prize
Iranian photographer Abolfazl Amanollah has been selected in Best Photography section by the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) on Wednesday during award ceremony in Bangkok.
The ceremony awarded the best in many categories during which Abolfazl Amanollah was not the only Iranian name to be honored; Chinese athletes dominated the scene as winners of awards, but Iran’s Men’s sitting volleyball national squad was also honored as Best Asian Team Performance award winner.
“The Iranian Men’s Sitting Volleyball team. This team is a world powerhouse at sitting volleyball, reaching the final in the past eight editions of the Games they have been runner up twice and have won Gold every other time (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 Beijing 2008 and most recently Rio 2016). The award was collected by the team’s Head Coach Mr. Hadi Rezaree,” said the official website report of the event, paying tribute to Iranian para-athletes.
Mr. Amanollah is the first photographer form Iran to be accorded the honor. His photo featuring a scene from Iran-Brazil match in Paralympic Football 5-a-side at Rio 2016. His photo was competing with photos from other 44 APC members.
The gala at Wednesday night in Thailand’s Bangkok presented three recipients with the Asian Order and six winners with Asian Awards held during the APC General Assembly.
The Asian Paralympic Order is the highest order that the APC can bestow and is awarded to any person who has illustrated the APC ideals through his or her actions, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their sport, or has given outstanding and long-lasting services to the APC cause.


Nowruz inscribed in UNESCO list
The multinational case of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian festival of spring, has been inscribed in UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In the third day of the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage that has been underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 Nov. to 2 Dec., the multinational case of Nowruz was finally inscribed in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Following the inscription, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Iran’s deputy head of Cultural Heritage, began his address by reciting a poem by the great fourteenth century Iranian poet Hafiz, adding “Nowruz is the manifestation of wisdom, moderation, and hope for life.”
Nowruz celebration is observed by Iran, Albania, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China (by Turkic peoples and Tajiks), Georgia, India (by Parsis), Iraq (by Kurds and Turkmens), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria (by Kurds), Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


Iran builds brain stimulator tDCS device
Iranian researchers at Amirkabir University have designed and developed brain stimulator transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) devices that can be used in treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
Golnaz Baghdadi, Bioelectric PhD student at Biomedical Engineering Department of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), told Mehr News that the tDCS device has been developed in Iran for the first time by a team at AUT led by Dr. Farzad Tohidkhah, rector of the Biomedical Engineering Department.
“The brain stimulator tDCS device is used in treatment of depression, on people suffering from attention deficit disorder or patients with Parkinson’s Disease,” she said.
Explaining about the device performance, she said “the device stimulates the brain by delivering a constant, low current to the brain area of interest via electrodes on the scalp. After a few sessions, the patient will start showing signs of improvement.”


Iran marks national research and technology week
Iran is marking its national research and technology week (Fri Dec 16, 2016 ). The occasion is of great significance to Iranian scientists and researchers since it gives them a chance to see and display the latest achievements in an exhibition dedicated to research and technological. This year the 17th national exhibition of technological and research achievements of Iran also has a number of foreign participants from Europe and North America.


Home-made ‘Tadbir’ Satellite ready for launch
The rector of Iran University of Science and Technology said Mon. Tadbir imaging Satellite designed and built by Iranian researchers is in line for launch.
Mohammad Ali Barkhordari told Mehr News that the first satellite launched by Iran University of Science and Technology was named ‘Navid’ which was successfully launched and returned home after completing its mission.
“The second satellite with more advanced features than the first one has been designed, constructed and already delivered to Iranian Space Agency,” he added.
Barkhordari then referred to ‘Tadbir’ Satellite, saying while it is ready to be put into orbit, the exact date for its launching is still undecided; “about 80 researchers at the satellite research center in Iran University of Science and Technology are working on satellite projects that have been requested to be built.”
“Although the process on some research projects have slowed down due to limited budget, the satellite projects are making fast progress,” he said.


1st USERN in Iran names winners
The 1st international congress of Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) held in Tehran has announced its winners, including 2 Iranians and 3 scientists from other countries.
The first International Congress of Universal Scientific Education and Research Network known as USERN was held on November 8-10 at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, where the top 1% scientists across the world presented the latest findings in the fields of stem cells, nanotechnology, cells programming, genetics, climate change, life on other planets, philosophy of science and mathematics.
The key topics of the conference were in the fields of medical sciences, social sciences, computer science, physics and chemistry, as well as basic sciences.
The USERN awards were granted to two Iranians Dr. Jamshid Aghaei from Iran and Morteza Mahmoudi from the US, as well as Alexander Leemans from Belgium, Lucas Joppa from the US, and Floris de Lange from the Netherlands.
The five USERN laureates have been selected among 500 participants, and each received $10,000 as cash prize.  According to Dr. Nima Rezaei, the founder and head of USERN, the Network had started operating in early 2016 in Iran, and had absorbed more than 2,200 members from 5 continents and 60 countries worldwide.


UN committee approves Iran’s resolution on dust pollution
Iran’s initiative resolution for controlling and combating dust pollution phenomena was approved in the Second Committee of UN General Assembly on Friday.
After two and a half months of negotiations in New York, Second Committee of UN General Assembly approved Iran’s initiative to combat the dust pollution.
The resolution has described the dust pollution as a serious problem causing economic, health, environmental and social problems for large areas in Asia and Africa, which needs urgent action of the international bodies.
Stressing the role of UN development system in promoting international cooperation to combat the dust pollution, Iran calls for all relevant UN agencies in its resolution to address improving the capabilities of countries, especially through technical cooperation, early warning systems, exchange of experiences and the information in their future operational plans and measures to control the main factors of the pollution.
According to the resolution, an international summit to deal with dust pollution will be held in Iran next year, in cooperation with the United Nations.


Iran’s super weightlifters earn gold, silver medals
Iranian representatives at super heavyweight category of 2016 Asian Youth & Junior Weightlifting Championships have clinched one gold and one silver medal.
Ali Davoudi and Mohammadreza Roshani of Iran managed to land in the first and second places at the super heavyweight division of the sportive event underway in Japan.
The two Iranian lifters offered amazing sportive performances against contestants who came from Uzbekistan, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Chinese Taipei in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.
Competing at +94kg weight category, Iran’s lifter Alireza Davoudi pulled 166 kilos above his head in the second attempt to earn the gold medal for snatch. He ordered 171 kilograms for his third attempt though he made no effort to lift it given that his gold medal had been secured with the 166kg weight.
In the clean and jerk, Davoudi lifted 185 kilos in his first attempt to earn to climb to the top position in the ranking table though he later overcame the 200-kilogram weight finish with a total of 366 kilos.
Iran’s other athletes in the super heavyweight division Mohammadreza Roshani did a best of 152 kilograms in the snatch to bring home a silver medal. He later scooped the silver in clean and jerk and stood on the second podium with an aggregate total of 327 kilos.


Iranian girls win world junior taekwondo championship
The 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championship wrapped up in Canada with Iran’s female squad standing on the top of the podium and the boys' team taking the fourth place.
The 11th edition of WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships kicked off in Burnaby of Canada on November 16 with participation of over 800 taekwondo fighters from 110 countries in the world. The competitions concluded on November 20 with South Korean boys and Iranian girls winning the championship title in the two male and female sections.
In regards to both male and female teams, South Korea claimed the first place while Iran, with the boys’ squad standing at the fourth, become vice champion. Russia stood at the third place in the international competition.
Iran’s female squad finished in first place with 55 points with two golds won by Mobina Nejad-Katesari and Zahra Pouresmaeil, as well as two bronze medals clenched by Mobina and Parisa Javadi.
The male Taekwondo fighters stood at the fourth place with 58 points by Amir Mohammad-Bakhshi’s gold, Ebrahim Safari’s silver, and Ali Baseri’s bronze medal.
The tournament brought together 846 young male and female taekwondo fighters from 110 countries, including Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, India, Iran, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United States.


National diving team makes history in Asian event
Iran’s national diving team has managed to win its first ever medal in the Asian Swimming Championships.
Competing at Men's Synchronized 10m Platform in the diving section of the Asian event, the Iranian squad managed to scoop the bronze medal.
Led by Ghaem Mirabian, the National Iranian diving team comprised Shahram Nazarpour and Morteza Alipour who offered excellent sportive performances to land in the third place at the tournament.
Competing against rivals from Japan, China, India and Iraq Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Saturday morning, the Persians collected a total of 315.24 points in six rounds of Men's Synchronized 10m Platform to secure the bronze medal.


Female karateka clinches gold at AKF C'ships
Iran's Zohreh Barzegar has managed to scoop a gold medal at the 2016 AFK U21 Championships underway in Indonesia.
The third and final day of the 15th Asian Karate Federation (AKF) Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships kicked off in the Indonesian city of Makassar where Iranian fighters bagged one gold and one bronze during the morning events.
Iran's world gold medalist Zohreh Barzegar, who was competing at the –55kg weight category in Under-21 age group, managed to thrash rivals from Jordan, Japan, Thailand and China Taipei before standing on top of the podium.
Also in Men's division, Ali Meskini of Iran overcame karate practitioners from Iraq and China at the minus 55-kilogram weight group though he later conceded a defeat against a Saudi contestant. Meanwhile, he was awarded the Bronze medal in the second chance group given the absence of his Nepali rival.


First ever gold for Iran in IAWCS
Member of Iran's national archery team has snatched the country's first gold medal at Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 1.
Competing in female recurve division, Iran's Parisa Rouhanian faced and out powered an Italian rival in the semifinal round of  2016 Indoor Archery World Cup in Marrakesh.
Rouhanian's compatriot, Sogand Rahmani also overcame a host country athlete in the same division securing a place in the finals.
At the final showdown of the first stage of 2016/17 Indoor Archery World Cup, Rouhanian pulled out a 6-2 victory over Rahmani bringing home Iran's first ever gold medal in the tournament.
The first stage of the 2016/17 Indoor Archery World Cup, an international 18-meter circuit, ran 26-27 November 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


National sitting volleyball team atop world ranking
World ParaVolley has introduced Iran men’s sitting volleyball team as the top team in the latest 2016 Rolling World Ranking list.
Male sitting volleyball players of Iran have secured the top place in the ranking list with 5215 points while the country’s female squad has lnded sixth with 2870 points.
In Men’s section, Brazil secured the second place with 4708 points followed by Egypt (4523 points), Bosnia & Herzegovina (4300 points) as well as Germany (3578 points).
Meanwhile, in Women’s section, the US team collected 5350 points to ranks first and is followed by China (5200 points), Brazil (4214 points), Ukraine (4120 points) and the Netherlands (3597 points).
The I R Iran Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team was in great shape this whole competition year, and were favourites to win Gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  Iran’s female para volleyball squad also offered excellent sportive performances to finish in the fifth place at the 2016 Paralympics.
The rolling ranking list was compiled by World ParaVolley using points allocated from the several competitions including 2016 Paralympic Games, 2016 Intercontinental, 2016 Intercontinental PG Qualifying event, 2014 World Championships as well as Two Zonal Championships (2013/2015).
It is noteworthy that the Rolling Ranking points are compiled using the points allocated from the last competition of each kind except the Zonals, where two competitions are used.