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Fereshteh Hosseini with her Best Actress Award at the closing ceremony of the 16th Marrakech International  Film Festival, December 10.
Fereshteh Hosseini with her Best Actress Award at the closing ceremony of the 16th Marrakech International  Film Festival, December 10.

Marrakech Festival Award for Afghan Actress Fereshteh Hosseini

Marrakech Festival Award for Afghan Actress Fereshteh Hosseini

The Afghan actress Fereshteh Hosseini won the Best Performance by an Actress award for playing in ‘Parting’ directed by Navid Mahmoudi, a joint production of Iran and Afghanistan, at the closing ceremony of the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday, December 10.
Hosseini, 19, was born in Iran. She participated in acting classes for 10 years in Tehran. As a child she appeared in a number of plays, mostly musicals, and also had roles in some short films.
Director Navid Mahmoudi moved to Iran in his childhood. He has Afghan citizenship but has resided in Iran for over 30 years.
The Afghan-Iranian drama was screened at the Busan International Film Festival in October and was the opening film at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala, December 9-16, ISNA reported.
The story is about two young Afghans, Fereshteh (played by Hosseini) and Nabi, who are in love. Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, to find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe in hope of a better life.
Reza Ahmadi, Behrang Alavi, Nazanin Bayati and Shams Langaroudi are also in the cast.
Through the movie, the director makes his audience look at a dauntingly huge topic of global import - the refugee crisis - and showcases the lives of those who are forced to stay and the ones in transit. They dream of a better tomorrow on the other side of the world, all the while knowing that their lives hang in the balance. All they want is a place to live where they can be happy and safe.
The movie is produced by Jamshid Mahmoudi, the director’s brother. The two brothers also cooperated in their debut work ‘A Few Cubic Meters of Love’ which Jamshid directed and Navid produced in 2014. It won several awards including the Golden Camel for Best Director and BEST Cinematography award at the 7th Jaipur IFF, India; Best Outstanding Debut Feature and Best Outstanding International Feature awards at the 15th ReelWorld IFF, Toronto, Canada; and Best Film award at the 14th Dhaka IFF, Bangaldesh.
The Marrakech International Film Festival was established in 2001 to promote arts and the film industry in Morocco.

 

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