Iranian Film-Maker, Illustrator Win Award

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Active Image Fin de siècle movie The Wind Will Carry Us by Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami is voted one of the decade's best movies by the Miami Film Critics' Circle.

Kiarostami's socially critical film is the story of an engineer, Behzad, who travels to a remote Kurdish village with the intent of photographing the last days and funeral rites of a dying 100-year-old woman. The witty, haunting, poetic film is about Behzad's struggle to complete that mission, to capture something of real life on film without violating its essence.

Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004) - a work of sustained cinematic chutzpah and a testament to the power of the imagination - was ranked the first movie of the 1999 - 2009 decade by the Miami association. The comic, yet surreal thriller Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001) stood second and A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) landed third place.

Active ImageThe title of the 1999 Iranian movie is a reference to a poem of the same name "The Wind Will Carry Us" by famous modern Iranian poetess Forough Farrokhzad (1936-67).

The film received the award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001 from the Chicago Film Critics Association. The Wind Will Carry Us won the Cinemavenire Award in the Venice International Film Festival, Italy, in 1999. The movie also captured the FIPRESCI Prize as well as Special Jury Award in the cultural event.

Iranian illustrator Narges Mohammadi has been awarded at the 2nd edition of the CJ Picture Book Festival in South Korea.

Mohammadi won a prize for illustrating the children's book Deer Hunter.

South Korea's Sung-hee Kim and Won-hee Jo, Germany's Matze Doebele and Mayumi Otero from France were other winners of the event.

Rashin Kheirieh, Parisa Mahmudi, Alireza Golduzian, Hassan Ammekan and Morteza Zahedi were the other Iranian illustrators who made it to the finalists list.

Finalist works have been displayed in an exhibition, which will run until December 24, 2009.

The an6nual festival is held by South Korea's CJ Culture Foundation.

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