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Italian Best Film Award for Iranian Movie

Italian Best Film Award for Iranian MovieItalian Best Film Award for Iranian Movie

An Iranian movie ‘ Block 9, Exit 2’, written and directed by noted filmmaker, Alireza Amini, received the ‘Best Film’ award at the 14th Kimera International Film Festival in Termoli, Italy.

‘Block 9, Exit 2’ competed with 17 other movies from the US, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Albania and the Czech Republic in the festival held from June 22 to 27, ILNA reported.

Cast of the film includes: Amir Jafari, Pantea Bahram, Hamidreza Azarang, Elham Korda and Setayesh Mahmoudi, who took the ‘Best Young Actress’ award for her role in the flick.

The festival, financed by the Italian Artist Society, aims to develop cinema culture, especially  socially-committed shorts. It started as a short movies competition in May 2003 and from 2006 it was open to feature films.

The 98-minute Iranian movie is produced by the Setak Film Company.

At its first screening in the International Urban Film Festival in Tehran this year, Azarang won the golden statute and diploma of honor for the best male supporting actor.  

Born in 1970 in Tehran, Alireza Amini is a graduate of stage directing. He has made more than 20 short and documentary films. He was also an assistant director to Bahman Ghobadi’s ‘A Time for the Drunken Horses.’His debut feature film ‘Letters of the Wind’ (2002) and his second feature film ‘Tiny Snowflakes’ (2003) were shown at several  film festivals, namely  Locarno, Pusan, Thessaloniki, and brought him  international recognition. He made his third feature film, ‘Time Frozen’ (2004) and his fourth, ‘The Riverside’ in 2005. ‘A Petition for God’ (2007), ‘7 Minutes to the Fall’ (2010), ‘End of the 8th Street’ (2011) and ‘Do Not Worry Sara’ are his other works.