Iranian Film Wins Award at German Film Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Active ImageIran’s “The Child and the Angel” by Masud Naqqashzadeh was awarded at the 14th Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults.

The eight-member jury presented the CineStar Youth Film Award to the film which tells the story of a girl named Fereshteh and her 11-year-old nephew who have lost their family in Khorramshahr during the Iran-Iraq war.

Mona Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Zadsorur, Afshin Hashemi, Qasem Zare, and Shabnam Moqadami are among the cast.

Naqqashzadeh mentioned on the festival’s website that “More than we think, our dreams play vital roles in our lives. If we concentrate on them, we find out that they interpret our presence in the world through signs and symbols. Our dreams are premonitory as well. But it takes exhausting exercises and concentration to reach truthful interpretation.

“And in this movie as well, all through a dream, a young girl named Fereshteh (literally meaning angel) sees what may come in the following days. She is obliged to cross the war front to search for her brother. Fereshteh finds what she’s already seen in her dream: Living in world of the dead; a becoming reward for an angel.”

“The Child and The Angel” was selected best film of Iran’s 23rd Hamedan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults this year gathering a total of four awards.

Iran’s “White Sneakers” by Ebrahim Moayyeri was also screened at the Children Film Competition Section.

The story is about the newly arrived sports teacher of a school in Bushehr Payam Amiri who wears white sneakers. His arrival leads to different events in the school and in his neighborhood.

The Animation Film Competition Section of the festival also screened Iran’s “Crows” by Zohal Razavi which tells the story of four crows that fly to new places every morning and return with a new humorous children’s story each time.

The festival was held from October 5 to 11 in Germany during which over 100 films were presented to the audience.

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