Iranian Filmmaker Wins Awards at Russia’s Film Festival

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Active ImageIranian filmmaker Panahbarkhoda Rezaei's A Light in the Fog has won three awards at Russia's Golden Minbar Muslim Film Festival.

The 76-minute film won the event's best director award for Rezaei, best cinematography award for Ali-Mohammad Qasemi, and the best actress award for Parivash Nazariyyeh.

A Light in the Fog recounts a story of a widow and her ailing father, who make a living by mending oil lamps and making charcoal.

An Iranian-sponsored film, Snow, directed by Bosnian filmmaker Aida Begic, also won the festival's best screenplay award for a fiction film, as well as the Guild of Film Critics' award for a gentle, but accurate account of the lives of Bosnian women who had survived the Serbian aggression.

The festival's prize for the best non-fiction film went to Hungarian filmmaker Ferenk Moldovanu for Another Planet. The film, Daughter of Maryam, from the United Arab Emirates, was selected as the best short film.

The fifth edition of the Golden Minbar International Muslim Film Festival was held from September 30 to October 4 in Tatarstan's capital of Kazan.

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