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Film: The Lizard

Source: Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Winner of:

Best Screenplay
Special Jury Award
Best Popular Films
Interfaith Juries Award

Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Producer: Manuchehr Mohammadi

Screenwriter: Peyman Qasemkhani
Photographer: Hamid Khozui Abyaneh
Music: Mohammad Reza Aliqoli
Editor: Hossein Zandbaf
Sound recordist: Mahmud Sammakbashi
Sound mix: Mohsen Roshan
Art director: Farhad Vilkiji
Make-up: Majid Eskandari
Cast: Parviz Parastui, Rana Azadivar, Bahram Ebrahimi, Reza Saeedi, Mehran Rajabi, Shahrokh Forutanian, Maedeh Tahmasbi, Ali Abedini, Naqi Seif-Jamali
115' , Color

Kamal Tabrizi , born in 1959, he graduated in Cinema and Television from Art University. He began his artistic activities at the students society of Polytechnique College and then joined the cultural sections of I.R.I.B. Television where he made a number of short and feature-length documentary and T.V. feature films. Then for several years he was in charge of training programs at the former Azad Cinema Group and organized training programs in filmmaking and taught film direction and theory. He also taught at the Young Cinema Society of Iran and the Islamic Training Center for Filmmaking - affiliated with the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance. His first feature is the passage (1988) which he wrote and directed. His subsequent films are At the Altar of Love (1990), End of Childhood (1993) and Leyli Is With Me (1995) Which Launched a new trend in treating war and the sacred defense themes in a comedic, satirical vein.  Leyli Is With Me was presented at numerous local and international film festivals and won the prize of Best Script and Diploma of Honor for Best Actor at the Fajr Festival. In 1998, Tabrizi made A Mother's Love which was awarded several prizes at international festivals, including the prize of Best Film at the children and young people's section of Berlin Festival, and Best Film award at Zlin, Cairo, Olympia and 400-strokes (Canada) festivals. Tabrizi then made Sheyda (2000), Carpet of the Wind, Take a Look at the Sky Sometimes (2002), Carpet of the Wind was awarded the spectators' a prize and the special jury prize at Fajr Film Festival in 2002. Tabrizi has also directed two T.V. series Tales of the River (an Iran-Malaysia Coproduction, unreleased), and years of Rebellion which was a highly popular series and was selected as the critics' choice of Best T.V. series.

Tabrizi was also jury member at several editions of the short Film Festival organized by the Young Cinema Society, two editions of the International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults, and at Fajr International Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival.

Synopsis: Reza, a burglar with previous prison records, is arrested during his latest armed robbery. As he can not bear to stay in prison, he thinks up a strange ruse to get out of prison. However, getting rid of the ruse itself turns out to be a greater problem.

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