“Awareness of Dreams” tops at Iranian war filmfest

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (MNA) -- “Awareness of Dreams” by director Mohammad-Ali Basheh Ahangar placed first at the 11th Moqavemat International Film Festival, having won four awards, among them best director and best actor.

The award presentation ceremony took place Friday evening here at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall where a great number of cinematic figures were in attendance.

“Awareness of Dreams” grabbed the best director award, and actor Hamid Farrokhnejad received the best actor award for his roles in “Awareness of Dreams” and “Democracy in Daylight”.

The movie focuses on the post Iran-Iraq war issue. The major character played by actor Amin Hayaii chooses to marry his brother’s wife after they hear he is martyred. They couple has a child, but several years after the war is over, they find out his brother is not martyred and will be coming back home.

“Awareness of Dreams” actress Hengameh Qaziani shared the first actress award with Pantea Bahram in “Farewell Baghdad”.

A tribute was paid to deceased actor Khosrow Shakibaii for his great role in the film “The Night Bus”. Mahtab Nassirpur was honored for her role in “Child of the Earth.”

Previously, the festival was held under the title of the Sacred Defense Film Festival. The term “Sacred Defense” refers to the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war in Iran. The organizers have selected the Arabic word “moqavemat” (resistance) referring to the Palestinians’ struggle against the Israelis.

The ceremony continued with handing the awards to the winners as follows:

International Section:

* Best Screenplay: “Gagma Napiri” (The Other Bank) by George Ovashvili from Georgia

* Best Film: “City of Life and Death” by Chuan Lu (China)

* Best Director: Kiumars Purahmad for “The Night Bus” (Iran)

A special award was paid to Rashid Masharawi from Palestine for his “Laila’s Birthday”.

The jury handed their special awards to Iranian movies “Fireworks” by Hani Sabahi and “Hesitation” by Ali Omidvar in this section.

National Section:

* Best Screenplay: “Awareness of Dreams” written by Mohammadreza Gohari
* Best Film “Child of the Earth” by Mohammad-Ali Ahangar
* Jury Special Award: Producer Hassan Kalami for “Child and the Earth”

The jury also granted their special award for the best producer to Manuchehr Mohammadi for “Evening of the 10th Day” by director Mojtaba Raei.

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