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‘Asphyxia’ Wins in Dhaka Film Festival

The movie had received the Crystal Simorgh awards for best special effects and best photography at its premiere at the 35th Fajr Film Festival last February
‘Asphyxia’ Wins in  Dhaka Film Festival‘Asphyxia’ Wins in  Dhaka Film Festival

Winners of the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival were announced at the weekend at the closing ceremony held at the Bangladesh National Museum. Iranian cinematographer Masoud Salami won the Best Cinematography Award for ‘Asphyxia’ directed by Fereydoun Jeyrani.

The film tells the story of a nurse in a mental hospital who is dragged into a potential murder plot. She is forced to take sides between a wealthy woman feigning madness and her husband who, she claims, is plotting to murder her for the inheritance.

“Jeyrani’s elegant black-and-white thriller refracts Iranian gender and politics through the prism of a twisty Hitchcockian noir,” film critic Jessica Kiang has written about the film in Variety.com.

Navid Mohammadzadeh, Elnaz Shakerdoust, Mahaya Petrosyan, Pardis Ahmadieh, Gholamhossein Lotfi, Ehsan Amani, Asadollah Yekta and Poulad Kimiaei star in the film.

The movie received the Crystal Simorgh awards for best special effects and best photography at the 35th Fajr Film Festival last February and was welcomed by the audience when it was screened last fall at home cinemas, earning a million dollars at the box office.

At the closing ceremony of the Dhaka Festival, 19 awards were presented in six categories. A total of 216 films from 64 countries were screened in the biennial event (January 12-20), among which were 30 films from Iran , including ‘White Bridge’ by Ali Qavitan, ‘End of Dreams’ by Mohammad-Ali Talebi, ‘Searing Summer’ by Ebrahim Irajzad, ‘Take-off’ by Ehsan Abdipour as well as ‘Asphyxia,’ ISNA reported.

‘Israfil’ by Ida Panahandeh, ‘Villa Tenants’ by Monir Qeydi, ‘Untaken Path’ by Tahmineh Milani, ‘Souzangerd’ by Masoumeh Nourmohammadi and ‘Common Hole’ by Asma Ebrahimzadegan were also screened in the Women Filmmakers section along with films from other nations.

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 in the South Asian country.

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