Venice Film Festival awards Iranian director

TEHRAN, Sep. 07 (MNA) – The Venice Film Festival jury has given a screenplay award to Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's Tehran-set “Tales”.

Top Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was awarded the Best Screenplay prize for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2014.

Tales, compromised of seven short episodes, depicts the integrated lives of different characters from her previous movies that are now connected to one another in some ways. The movie, hailed by critics for its moving exploration of what it means to be human, addresses social problems in a realistic approach.

“The characters in my films are real; the people whom I might meet every day,” Rakhshan said during the ceremony.

Swedish director Roy Andersson won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion on Saturday for his absurdist drama A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

The festival's Silver Lion for best director went to Russia's Andrei Konchalovksy for The Postman's White Nights, a largely silent drama set among villagers on a remote Russian island.






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