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Iranian film 'Turtles Can Also Fly' awarded in Japan Filmex

Tehran, Nov 28, IRNA -- Bahman Qobadi's 'Turtles Can Also Fly' received the special jury's award in Tokyo Film Festival (Filmex), it was announced here Sunday.

The Fifth Tokyo Film Festival opened in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Saturday November 20 and closed on November 26.

'Turtles Can Also Fly' representing Iranian cinema in the Foreign Film Section as a nominee of Oscar award illustrates the life of Iraqi children during the US attack on the country.

The movie had earlier been awarded the Golden Coral prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

It had also received an award at Isfahan Children's and Young Adults Film Festival.

Qobadi's film also went on screen recently at the 45th Greek Thessaloniki Film Festival.

Meanwhile, 'Turtles Can Also Fly' is scheduled to be screened at several other film festivals in the coming months, including the one in San Francisco and Honolulu film festivals, as well as the ones to be held in Denmark, Poland, Italy, Serbia, the Dutch city of Rotterdam and the Swedish city of Gutenberg.

Besides, the film is going to be screened in Japan by a foreign cinematic company in a few months.

Three Iranian movies went on screen at the Fifth Tokyo International Film Festival.

Hassan Yektapanah's 'Unfinished Story', Marzieh Meshkini's 'Stray Dogs' and Bahman Qobadi's 'Turtles Can Also Fly' were the three Iranian films screened at the competition section of Filmex.

The festival's jury comprised five cinematographers from Japan, the US, Canada, Britain and South Korea.

Ten films from various world countries were screened at the competition section and the first award is worth one million yens.

The second highest prize of Filmex, the jury's award is worth 500,000 yens (every dollar is equivalent to 103 yens).

Iranian film directors Yektapanah and Qobadi attended the fifth Filmex as guests.

Over 11 Iranian films were screened at last year's Filmex, among which Hana Makhmalbaf's 'Joy of Madness' was awarded the jury's prize.

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