Two Palme d'Or for Iran at Cannes Film Festival

Monday, May 23, 2016

*Two Palme d'Or for Iran at Cannes Film Festival

Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini awarded at Cannes Film Festival

Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi and actor Shahab Hosseini have won the rewards for the best screenplay and the best actor at Cannes respectively.

Starring Hosseini, “The Salesman” got the Best Screenplay during the 69th edition of the festival Sunday May 22, and brought the Iranian superstar the Best Actor.

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidousti was also present at the closing ceremony of the festival in the southern French city.

Premiered Saturday May 21, the movie (titled Forushande in Persian) portrays Ra’ana (Alidousti) and Emad (Hosseini), a couple who are acting in the Death of a Salesman  by Arthur Miller.

Shot in the capital Tehran, it deals with the husband’s situation after an attack on his wife.

"This prize belongs to my people, so I give it to them," Hosseini said.

The 42-year-old actor won Silver Bear for Best Actor as well as Fajr Film Festival Simorgh for Best Actor for another film by Farhadi, Nader and Simin, A Separation, in 2011.

The movie grabbed global attention as it became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, also bagging the Golden Globe Award for best international film.

Farhadi’s the Past (Le Passé) had been nominated for a Palme d’Or in 2013.

The film’s success at the prestigious event brought great joy to Iranian cineastes and millions of film aficionados in the country.

In thousands of messages published on social networks, the cineastes, including Payman Moaadi, the star Farhadi’s “A Separation” and Jafar Panahi, the winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 1995 for “The White Balloon”, congratulated him on the achievement.

Executives of the Cinema Organization of Iran, the Iranian House of Cinema, the Farabi Cinema Foundation and some other Iranian organizations also sent messages of congratulations to Farhadi and his crew.

President of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure also hailed Iran's rich culture and civilization noting that Iran's cinema enjoys a unique status in the region.

Lescure said this in a meeting on Saturday May 21, in Cannes, France, with the Head of Iran's Cinema Organization Hojatollah Ayoubi, IRNA wrote.

Lescure also expressed satisfaction over the cooperation between Cannes Film Festival and Iran's cinema.

Iran participated in Cannes 2016 with two films, 'Inversion' by Behnam Behzadi and 'The Salesman' by the Oscar-winning Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi.

Ayoubi appreciated the festival for paying due attention to Iranian cinema.

Referring to Iranian cinema's success in the international scene as well as cordial Iran-France political and cultural relations, Ayoubi voiced the readiness of Iranian film industry to expand cinematic cooperation with France.

He underlined that the intelligence of the young generation in Iran coupled with their humanitarian and poetic views have given a new life to the country's movie industry.

Ayoubi invited Lescure to visit Iran which was accepted by the president of Cannes.

Lescure said his visit to Iran would provide a great opportunity to become more acquainted with Iranian cinema which is unique in the region and a cultural power which is unrivalled in the Middle East.

*Source: FararuPress TV, Iran DailyIRNA