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Iranian Artists Latest Achievements

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Active Image*Two feature-length and documentary Iranian productions have been awarded at the 13th edition of Religion Today Film Festival held in Italy.

Jamshid Bahmani's Mekael won the special jury award of the event's feature film section and Shahriar Pourseyedian's When a Line of Light Shines received the special prize of the documentary section.

The 2010 Religion Today Film Festival screened 57 films from 22 countries in the Italian cities of Trento, Vezzano, Arco, Teggiano Policastro, Bassano, Bolzano, Rome, and Nomadelfia.

Mehrdad Khoshbakht's Her Dream's Day, Mohammad Dormanesh's Temple of Soul, Reza Shahmoradi's Spring which Flows, Jamshid Mojaddadi's Tractor Family also participated in different categories of this year's festival.

Iranian filmmakers and cinema experts also delivered lectures and held workshops on the sidelines of the annual event which was held on the theme of 'Journeys of Faith, Journeys of Hope.'

Zohreh Zamani of the Iranian Young Cinema Society and a jury member of this year's Religion Today Film Festival delivered a speech on humane values in Iran's post-revolution cinema.

Mohammad Dormanesh whose international debut Temple of Soul competed in the festival, presented a lecture on superstition as opposed to religious beliefs.

Iran has always been one of the main participants of the Religion Today Film Festival and its productions have won numerous awards from the event's previous editions.

Last year's festival granted its Best Short Film award to Iran's God Sees directed by Reza Jamali.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Majid Barzegar has won the Best Director Award of the 2010 edition of the Didar International Film Festival in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Barzegar received the award for his Rainy Season, during a ceremony attended by Tajik Culture Minister Mirzoshohrur Asrori.

Barzgar's first feature-length production depicts the challenges faced by Iranian teenagers living in Tehran by focusing on a boy who has decided to live apart from his family.

The festival's Best Short Film Award went to One Way by Afghan filmmaker Basir Sangi.

Kyrgyz director-actor Aktan Arym Kubat's Mr. Light won this year's Best Film Award, while the event's NETPAC Award was granted to Georgian director George Ovashvili's Other Bank.

Veteran Iranian filmmaker and head of the festival's jury Kamran Shirdel was also honored during the closing ceremony.

The 4th Didar International Film Festival was held from October 12 to 16, 2010.

Active Image*A short bio and a selection of paintings by the self-taught Iranian artist Mokarrameh Qanbari will appear in a book for Ph.D. students of art at Columbia University next term.

The deceased artist Mokarrameh was introduced to Judith Burton, director of the Department of Arts and Humanities of Columbia University through Sheyda Ardalan, an Iranian instructor on the faculty there.

“Ms. Ardalan has been holding several workshops for self-educated painters at my mother’s birthplace, the village of Darikandeh in Mazandaran Province over the past years,” Mokarrameh’s son Ali Bolboli said.

Ms. Ardalan works in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the university in New York and this helped better familiarize director Burton with my mother’s works of art, he said, adding, “The university held an exhibition of Mokarrameh’s paintings which also helped to introduce my mother and her art to a broader audience.”

“The book will be used by Ph.D. students of the university next term,” he added.

There are also plans to exhibit the works in several other countries beginning with France, he remarked.

Never having received any formal training in painting, Mokarrameh utilized bright and original colors inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of her locality. Within a few years, her works were noticed by other artists in Iran and overseas.

For the first time in 1995, her paintings were exhibited at Tehran’s Seyhun Gallery, with follow-on exhibits in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2005.

Mokarrameh was named “Female Painter of the Year 2001” by the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.

She died aged 77 on October 24, 2005 and is buried in the courtyard of her former home.

Active Image*Veteran Iranian artist Jamshid Moradian will create a sculpture from dried tree-trunks at the campus of the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

“I will start working on the two-meter-tall sculpture on October 7, 2010,” Moradian said, adding that he would donate the work to the university.

Moradian, who has been in France on Sabbatical, said he had new ideas for the work and that he would be creating a replica for the upcoming sculpture symposium in the Iranian city of Kerman.

The award-winning artist has suggested that Cite officials negotiate with the Paris municipality about the city's dried tree-trunks.

“I asked them not to cut down the dead tress and let me make sculptures out of them,” Moradian said, expressing hopes that Paris city officials would accept his suggestion.

Moradian is best known for his works inspired by Persian mythology and in particular Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi's masterpiece Shahnameh (The Book of Kings).

He has participated in numerous international artistic events including the 17th International Camille Claudel Symposium on Sculpture in France in 2007.

Moradian also received the Excellence Award of the 2008 Olympic landscape sculptors contest in China.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Vahid Vakilifar's Gesher has been awarded at the 2010 edition of Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates.

Vakilifar's first feature-length production received the Best Narrative Film by a New Director award of the festival's New Horizons section.

Gesher competed with 16 other films from Lebanon, the US, Canada, Iraq, Argentina, Germany, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan and France.

This year's Best Narrative Film award went to Silent Souls by Russia's Aleksei Fedorchenko, while Lebanese director Bahij Hojeij's Here Comes the Rain won the event's Best Narrative Film from the Arab World award.

Andrew Garfield was granted the Best Actor award for his performance in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go and Lubna Azabal won the Best Actress award for her role in Incendies by Denis Villeneuve.

The 2010 Jury Special Mention went to Carlos directed by Olivier Assayas and a joint production of France and Germnay "for rendering the complex portrait of an era, a region, and a controversial character."

The Best Documentary award was shared by Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light and Kim Longinotto's Pink Saris.

The 4th Abu Dhabi International Film Festival was held from October 14 to 22, 2010, screening documentaries, shorts and feature-length films from all around the globe.

Born in 1981, Vahid Vakilifar graduated in Film Directing from Iran's Soureh University and worked as an assistant director on several features before starting his filmmaking career.

Vakilifar directed his first short Havery In 2004.

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