Iranian Directors Win Awards in Russia & Georgia

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Active ImageRussia's first Arlekin puppet theater festival has awarded Last Flower, a puppet play by Iranian theater director Zohreh Behrouzinia.

The play received the festival's special jury award, competing with productions of some 15 countries, Fars News Agency reported.

Behrouzinia's Last Flower is based on James Thurber's 1939 anti-war work The Last Flower; A Parable in Pictures, a graphic novel ahead of its day, which was about the eternal cycles of war, peace and love.

The New York Times called the book "one of the most serious and one of the most hilarious contributions on war."

Behrouzinia's production was also chosen as the best work of Iran's international student theater festival in 1998.

The 2009 Arlekin international puppet theater festival was held from September 14 to 21, hosting puppeteers from all around the globe.

Iran has been granted two awards at the 2009 edition of the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival held in Georgia.

Actor Parviz Parastouei received the best actor award of the Feature Films Section for his performance in Abdolreza Kahani's Twenty.

Active ImageKahani's psychological drama made its international debut at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival receiving the Czech event's Special Jury Prize and the Prize of Ecumenical Jury.

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat served on the festival's Main Jury panel, headed by Dutch filmmaker Jos Stelling.

Hekmat was joined by Nana Jorjadze (Georgia), Alexander Shpilyuk (Ukraine) and Bojidar Manov (Bulgaria).

Narges Abyar's documentary One Day after the 10th Day also won the Grand Prize of the Georgian festival in the Young Film Maker's Section, which had Iran's Ramtin Lavvafipour on its board of jury along with Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia), Galyna Cherniak (Ukraine) and Kamila Kuc (UK).

One Day after the Tenth Day has been screened at various film festivals including Golden Apricot (Armenia), I've Seen Films (Italy) and Flexiff (Australia).

The 5th Batumi International Film Festival was held from Sep. 21 to 28, 2009, screening feature-length, short films and documentaries from around the globe.

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