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Mirkarimi’s ‘Daughter’ Going to Moscow Fest

Mirkarimi’s ‘Daughter’ Going to Moscow FestMirkarimi’s ‘Daughter’ Going to Moscow Fest

The Iranian renowned filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi’s ‘Daughter’ will represent Iran cinema at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), slated for June 23-30, in Russia.

Alongside 11 other movies in the main competition, the feature film will compete for the main prize, the Golden George award, Mehr News Agency reported.

‘Daughter’ made a debut at the 34th Fajr Film Festival in February and won the best music score award for composer Mohammadreza Aligholi. Last week, Mirkarimi received the best film award for the film at the ‘First Night of Cinema’, a first celebration of the Cinema Daily newspaper. The Russian event will also be the first international presence for the movie.

Based on a script by Mehran Kashani, Mirkarimi’s eighth feature film is about a family living in the southwestern city of Abadan, Iran, who is awaiting the proposal ceremony of the older daughter. Meanwhile, Setareh, the younger daughter, announces she is off to Tehran to say farewell to one of her best friends who is leaving Iran for good. Despite her father’s objections, Setareh boards the flight to Tehran. Her disobedience ignites a series of incidents that upset the calm and tranquility of the paterfamilias.

Farhad Aslani, Merila Zarei, Mahoor Alvand and Shahrokh Forutanian are in the cast.

Mirkarimi, 50, is also the director of 34th and 35th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF). At the 2008 MIFF he won the Best Film Award for ‘As Simple As That’.

He has also won several international awards for different films over the years. In 2000, his second feature ‘Under the Moonlight’ won the Best Feature Award at the 40th Critics’ Week at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Director’s Award as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2001.

Two of his films ‘So Close, So Far’ (2005) and ‘Today’ (2014) were entries for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

 Scottish, Australian Festivals

Furthermore, ‘Avalanche’ directed by Morteza Farshbaf featuring Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and ‘Wednesday, May 9’ by Vahid Jalilvand featuring Niki Karimi are two other Iranian movies which will be screened at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 15-26) in Scotland and the 63rd Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19) in Australia, respectively.

Both films are 2015 productions and have already participated in several foreign festivals and won a couple of awards as well. Attending the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) last November, ‘Avalanche’ won a special mention for Motamed-Arya and ‘Wednesday, May 9’ won the INTERFILM Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in Italy, last September.