“Niloofar” wins best film award at L.A. Noor festival

TEHRAN, May 8 (MNA) -- “Niloofar”, a drama about an Iraqi girl struggling with her femininity, won the Best Feature award at the 3rd Noor Film Festival.

In addition, film star Mobina Ayenehdar won the Best Actress award for her role in the film.


The festival, which is exclusively for Iranian films, was held in Los Angeles from May 1 to 3.


A joint production of Iran, France and Lebanon, “Niloofar” is about the twelve-year-old Niloofar, who longs to learn how to read and write, but she lives in a village where education is only for boys.


Her mother, a well-known midwife, insists that Niloofar become her apprentice. While assisting her mother during a delivery, Niloofar meets a woman who promises to teach her in secret.


Meantime, Niloofar’s father has promised her in marriage to an older man once she becomes a woman. Horrified by this notion, Niloofar does everything in her power to postpone the onset of her womanhood.


Starring Hengameh Qaziani, Amir Aqai, Sadeq Safai, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria and Shahab Hosseini, the film was directed by French filmmaker Sabine El Gemayel.


Following is a list of the winners:


Best Feature: “Niloofar” (produced by Fereshteh Ta’erpur)


Best Director: Faramarz Rahbar (“Donkey in Lahore”)


Best Documentary: “Donkey in Lahore”


Best Short: “The Florist” (directed by Ladan Yalzadeh)


Best Actress: Mobina Aynehdar (“Niloofar”)


Best Idea/Story: “Flags of Kaveh’s Castle” (written and directed by Mohammad Nurizad)


Audience’s Favorite: “Donkey in Lahore”





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