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Iran's Kiarostami ranked 6th among world`s top directors

Iran`s renowned writer-director Abbas Kiarostami has been ranked sixth in a chart of the world`s 40 best film-maker by UK`s the Guardian newspaper, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Guardian on its website stressed that Kiarostami -- who follows such top directors as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Joel and Ethan Coen, Steven Soderbergh and Terrence Malick -- had received a total of 84 points by its panel of critics.

"The highest ranking non-American, and one of the most respected film-makers working today - by his peers if not the general public. Operating mostly in rural Iran, Kiarostami has often concealed political commentary within films of simplicity and compassion," the newspaper wrote in appreciation of the Iranian director. "But he has complicated his medium, too, by mixing drama and documentary, and actors and non-actors, to dizzying effect."

Kiarostami`s recent drama Ten, the Guardian added, provided a daring Tehran expose as well as a radical new film-making technique - one that almost does away with the director entirely. Ten comprises a series of ten conversations by a divorced middle-class woman with female passengers as she drives through the streets of Tehran.

Meanwhile, the Berlin Academy of Arts on Friday announced that it would present its prestigious Konrad-Wolf Prize to Kiarostami next Monday to honor his efforts to promote the art of the cinema. The 5,000 euro prize money is named after the late German film producer Konrad Wolf who headed the former East German Academy of Arts.

Past laureates of the film award include other internationally renowned film directors like Volker Schloendorff, Ken Loach, Margarette von Trotta, Christoph Marthaler and Agnes Varda.

Kiarostami was the first Iranian director to win the Palme d`Or of the Cannes Film Festival 1997 for his "Taste of Cherry". He also received the UNESCO Fellini-Medal in Gold for his achievements in film, freedom, peace and tolerance in 1997. Later in 1999, Kiarostami won the Special Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival for his movie "The Wind Will Carry Us".

The Guardian also ranked the 23-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf the 36th in the chart by giving her 76 points.

In 2000, Makhmalbaf won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes for "The Blackboard". She is the daughter of top Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who directed "A Journey to Kandahar".

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