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Mokhtari’s ‘Leaf of Life’ Wins France Film Award

Mokhtari’s ‘Leaf of Life’ Wins France Film AwardMokhtari’s ‘Leaf of Life’ Wins France Film Award

The feature film ‘Leaf of Life’, a 2017 family drama written, directed and produced by celebrated documentarian Ebrahim Mokhtari, won the INALCO Prix at the 24th edition of Vesoul Festival of Asian Cinema held January 30-February 6 in the commune of Vesoul, eastern France.

Mokhtari’s second feature film was screened on January 30 and February 1 at the festival. It received INALCO Prix from the National Institute for Study of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, affiliated to Sorbonne Paris Cite University, according to a press release by the public relations department of the movie.

Leaf of Life is based on an idea originated in ‘Saffron,’ a documentary Mokhtari made 20 years ago. The documentary was shot in northeastern Iran about saffron farmers. In the process of shooting, a story unfolded which “could not be told in documentary format,” said the director.

Jury of the INALCO Prix was presided by cultural researcher and lecturer in communication sciences Eva Sandri from France. The other members of the jury were Camille Badier from Japan, Pauline Massol from South Korea, as well as Armin Qaragozlou from Iran.

INALCO Prix was granted to Leaf of Life “for its accurate reflection about fiction and reality, anthropological approach in dealing with tradition and for the dreamy charm of the pictures.”

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