Iranians’ New Cultural Achievements

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Italian Book Fair Pays Tribute to Iranian Illustrators

Two veteran Iranian illustrators have been honored at the 2012 Bologna Children's Book Fair held under the title, “The ‘rights’ place for children's content.”

Prominent Iranian illustrator and graphic designer Mohammad-Ali Bani-Asadi was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards offered by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) at the Italian fair.

The jury selected Bani-Asadi for applying different techniques, color and a subtle sense of humor in his work.

Iranian book illustrator Ali Bouzari received the New Horizon Award of the 49th edition of Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Alireza Goldouzian, Narges Mohammadi, Fereshteh Najafi, Noushin Safakhou and Morteza Zahedi were other Iranian participants whose works were displayed at the fair.

This year’s jury comprised of artists Ryoll Arai (Japan), Chiara Carrer (Italy), Anna-Laure Cognet (France), Magdalena Klos (Poland) and Elizabeth Wood (UK).

The 2012 edition of the event also introduced Portugal as the 49th Bologna Children's Book Fair Guest of Honor Country.

This year’s book fair hosted about 1,200 participants from 66 countries as well as 5,000 international professional trade representatives.

According to the event's official website, more than 600 journalists representing 70 countries reported on the event.

Established in 1963, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry.

The 49th Bologna Children's Book Fair was held from March 19 to 22, 2012.

*Iranian Artist Wins Top Award of 2012 TIFF Poster Contest

Iranian artist Mohsen Abbas-Ghorbani has won the top award of the 2012 edition of Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) poster contest in the United States.

Abbas-Ghorbani’s design won the award after competing with a large number of entries received from different countries.

Born in 1989, Abbas-Ghorbani has participated in several international festivals such as the 2011 Death with a Smile international poster festival in Mexico.

This year’s Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) will also screen Here Without Me, directed by renowned Iranian filmmaker Bahram Tavakkoli.

The annual film festival seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film, and through the top quality films from around the world.

The 11th edition of the festival is slated to be held from April 19 to 27 in Tiburon, California.

*Serbian Festival Awards Iranian Photographers

Three renowned Iranian photographers have received top awards at the 1st International Circular Exhibition of Photography ‘Portrait 2012’ in Serbia.

The internationally-awarded Alireza Vahmi received two SALON praises for his works Masked and Mother that took part in the People and Streets, and Portrait sections of the exhibition.

Vahmi’s other work Classmates also won the UPI medal of the Free Theme section of the international event.

A Silver SALON medal of the Free Theme section was granted to Alireza Hassanzadeh-Fard’s Schools while Mohammad-Reza Momeni’s His Eyes received the SALON praise of the Portrait section of the event.

Hundreds of artists from all over the world competed in five different sections and organizers granted more than 250 awards to winners.

A collection of photographs by the winners will be displayed in Serbian towns of Zajecar, Paracin and Aleksinac from March 20, to April 2, 2012.

*Poland’s Satyrykon Cartoon Exhibition aAwards Iranian Artist

Iranian cartoonist Dokhshid Qodratipour has won a special award at the 2012 edition of the Satyrykon International Cartoon Exhibition in Poland.

The female cartoonist won the Mayor of Legnica Award of the competition for her work Movement.

The Grand Prix Award of the event went to Polish artist Grzegorz Szumowski and the first prize of the Social Satire section of the event was granted to Grzegorz Stanczyk, also from the host country.

The event hosted 2,008 works by 560 artists from 49 countries. The jury qualified 174 works by 119 artists for the post competition exhibition.

The Satyrykon International Cartoon Exhibition, founded in 1977, is open to cartoonists, engravers, sculptors, poster-designers and photographers from around the world.

Over the past twenty years, organizers of Satyrykon have been able to attract best artists of the genre from around the world and win a wide audience, as well as fans, jurors and sponsors.

*Iranian Photographer Wins Gold Medal at Serbian Exhibition

Iranian photographer Arash Karimi won the PSA Gold Medal at the New Photo Vision, an international exhibition of photography in Serbia.

His photo “Desert 2” won the award in the free theme section of the exhibition which was organized by the Photogram art studio in Belgrade.

The exhibition had three categories, namely creativity + experiment = altered reality; women around us; and the free theme category.

Photos by Mostafa Amini and Ali Samei were nominated in other categories of the event.

The Photogram is an online internet magazine started by Goran Malic in May 1997.

With the exception of publishing, the Photogram Art Studio has acted as the organizer of photographic exhibitions since May 2011.

*India’s 2012 IDFF Awards Two Iranian Films

Iranian feature-length and short films have been awarded at the 2012 edition of the International Digital Film Festival (IDFF) in India.

The Qandil Mountains by Taha Karimi and The Sound of Rain by Jalal Saedpanah received the main awards of the festival held in Siri fort auditorium of New Delhi.

Karimi’s production recounts the story of fighting soldiers in the Qandil Mountains where the borders of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq meet.

Saedpanah’s short film recounts the story of an artist who lives atop one of the city roofs and is continuously disturbed by a boy who loves the artist over everything.

The Sound of Rain received the Golden Gazelle award for the best short film as well as the best screenplay and the best director prizes of the 4th Suleymaniye Kurdish Film Festival.

The film also won the Golden Egg award of the 6th Duhok International Film Festival in Iraq.

The 2012 IDFF aims to give a platform to new films and upcoming directors from across the world.

*Iranian Photographers Top Belgian Festival

Five Iranian photographers have been awarded at the 2012 edition of the International Photo Festival Knokke-Heist in Belgium.

Ramin Mohtasham won the Golden Lens Award of the event while the Silver Lens Award went to Majid Doukhtechi.

The 50-year-old Mohtasham has already won many international awards including the Gold Medal for Creative Photography in Singapore.

The third top prize of the event, the Bronze Lens Award, also went to another Iranian photographer Hadi Dehqanpour.

The festival’s jury panel granted the Young Talent and Knack Awards of the event to Iranian photographers Ali Ramezani and Mohsen Esmailzadeh.

Some 803 photographers from 37 different countries submitted more than 7,600 photos to the festival.

The festival consists of an outdoor exhibition and a number of indoor exhibitions.

Works of the 34th International Photography Festival Knokke-Heist winners will be displayed in the Cultural Knokke-Heist from March 25 to June 10, 2012.

*Farhadi’s A Separation Wins Four Asian Film Awards

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation has won four prizes at the Asian Film Awards, complementing its Best Foreign Language Oscar.

A Separation was named best film, won the best director award for Asghar Farhadi, and also took home the best screenwriter and best editor trophies at the 6th Asian Film Awards, which was held in Hong Kong’s Harbourside Convention Center on Monday.

In her acceptance speech, the movie’s lead actress, Leila Hatami, who received the best film award on behalf of Farhadi, said, “This is an absolute honor… I want to say a very sincere thank you.”

The only nomination that the prize-magnet movie did not win at the gala was in the best actress category. That award went to veteran Hong Kong actress Deanie Ip for her role as a loyal servant in the film A Simple Life.

Farhadi’s latest drama, which debuted in Iran under the longer title Nader and Simin: A Separation, is scheduled to be screened at Japanese movie theaters beginning in April 2012.

A Separation was also nominated for the Best Original Screenplay of the 2012 Academy Awards.

In addition, the film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film of the 2012 Golden Globes and received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category.

The movie turned heads at the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards, where it won the Best Foreign Film Award during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards.

Farhadi’s drama also won the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards in Paris.

Farhadi’s masterpiece received the Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble, and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS).

The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

A Separation has been on screen at Canadian and Brazilian cinemas since January 2012.

And the movie is currently being screened at movie theaters in Australia and Singapore.

*Australian Festival Awards Iran’s ‘Please Do not Disturb’

Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Abdolvahab’s comic feature Please Do not Disturb has been awarded at the Persian International Film Festival (PFF) in Australia.

Abdolvahab’s production won the festival’s award for Best Feature during a ceremony held in Sidney.

The film is set in contemporary Tehran and portrays the city life in three distinctive episodes of sentiment, sensitivity and wit.

Written by Abdolvahab, the 80- minute film has been critically acclaimed and won many awards, including the Silver Award of the 18th Damascus International Film Festival.

It was premiered at the 28th Fajr International Film Festival, and was internationally released in 2010 at 15th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea.

The 4-day PFF created a unique local showcase for films from Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the three countries that share the same language, history and heritage.

The first PFF also paid tribute to Iranian Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi by screening a short documentary about the production stages of his award-sweeper movie A Separation.

The PFF’s tribute to Farhadi will continue with monthly screenings of his previous works including About Elly.

Farhadi’s Oscar winning A Separation is set to be released in Australia on March 1, 2012.

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