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Bani-Etemad to Receive Honorary Award in Anatolia

Bani-Etemad to Receive Honorary Award in Anatolia

Celebrated female director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is to receive an honorary award at the closing ceremony of the 7th Malatya International Film Festival, in Malatya, a city in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, November 9-16.
After the screening of a modified version of her 1995 film ‘The Blue-Veiled’ at Yeşil Film Theater on November 15, Bani-Etemad and the lead actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya will hold a panel moderated by Sabire Soytok, a Turkish expert on Iranian cinema, ISNA reported.
The story of the film is about rural Iran where a tomato paste factory owner Rasul Rahmani (Ezzatollah Entezami) is widowed and long saddened by the loss of his spouse. Meanwhile, a poor factory worker Nobar (Motamed-Arya) works for a low wage while caring for her family. The two strike up a friendship when Rasul learns of Nobar’s struggles to make ends meet. But with differences in social status and age worrying his traditional family, Rasul might not be able to pursue his newfound love.
Iran National Film Archive has undertaken the digital restoration and preservation of the movie for screening at the Turkish festival.
In the context of film preservation the term ‘digital preservation’ highlights the use of digital technology for the transfer of films from 8mm to 70mm in size to digital carriers, as well as all practices for ensuring the longevity and access to digitized or digitally born film material.
Bani-Etemad is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered as the premier female director in Iran. Her films have earned praise at international festivals and are highly popular with Iranian critics and audiences.

 

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