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Iran Films Win 5 Awards in Bangladesh

Farhad Aslani (L) in ‘Daughter’Farhad Aslani (L) in ‘Daughter’

Iran cinema won five awards at the closing ceremony of the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) held at the Bangladesh National Museum on Friday, January 20.

In the Asian Film Competition, ‘Daughter’ by Reza Mirkarimi received the best film award as well as the best actor award for Farhad Aslani, ISNA reported.

Mirkarimi and Aslani had won the same awards in the 38th Moscow International Film Festival last June as well.

Also competing in the same section, ‘Malaria’ directed by Parviz Shahbazi won the best director award.

The best feature film award in the Women Filmmaker Section was given to ‘Nahid’ by Ida Panahandeh and ‘The Cemetery Men’ directed by Ali Mardomi received the best short film award in the Spiritual Film Section.

Three Iranians were in the international jury of the festival in two sections. Iranian-Armenian actor director Levon Haftvan and Amir Esfandiari, an official at the Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) were in the Asian Film Competition section and in Women Filmmakers section, famous Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati was on the jury.

As part of the festival, a 13-day painting exhibition of Iranian painter Sarah Hojjati was arranged at Shilpangon Art Gallery which ran through January 20.

The 2017 festival edition was host to a total of 166 movies from 67 countries in different sections.

The DIFF is one of the most prestigious film events in Bangladesh and to a great extent has helped shape an increasingly healthy and positive national film culture.

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