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Iranian Mir-Karimi wins Silver Peacock of Indian film festival


New Delhi, Oct 10, IRNA -- Iranian filmmaker Reza Mir-Karimi got the Silver Peacock Award for the most promising Asian Director at the conclusion of International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2002) here Thursday where eight Iranian films among sixty-five entries from almost 40 countries participated.

According to IRNA correspondent, Mir-Karimi's Under the Moon Light received the award, given by India's Deputy Prime Minister L.K.Advani in a well attended ceremony.

Scores of other Indian officials, including Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj, were also in attendance. The 10-day festival had begun on October 1.

Russian Igor Maslennivkov won the Golden Peacock for his film Letter to Elza. The Special Jury Award was shared by Egyptian Magdi Ahmed Ali for his Asrar El Banat and Indian Ravthy for Mitra, My Friend.

The Asian competition section comprised 15 films including two from Iran -- Strangers directed by Ramin Bahrani and Under the Moon Light.

The best film won the Golden Peacock as well as five hundred thousand rupees in cash. Most Promising Asian Director received the Silver Peacock and two hundred and fifty thousand rupees purse while the Special Jury Prize included the Silver Peacock and two hundred and fifty thousand rupees cash.

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