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Iranian director Tamineh Milani receives accolades from U.S. festival

TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tamineh Milani's latest film "Extra Wife" won the best director and best film awards at the 2005 Arpa International Film Festival held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood from October 3 to 7, ISNA reported on Saturday quoting the "Extra Wife" web page. More than 50 features, documentaries, shorts and animated films from 18 different countries had participated in the event.

"Extra Wife", also known as "Unwanted Woman", is about a 35-year-old woman named Sima who sets out on a journey along with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. They are accompanied by Saba, a young widow who has recently lost her husband. During the trip, Sima suspects that a secret relationship has developed between her husband and Saba. When they encounter a storm, they stop for a short stay in a small town where the police are searching for a man who has murdered his wife.

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had rejected the application for a publishing permit for the screenplay of "Extra Wife" during the term of the former minister.

Milani's other credits include "Two Women", "The Hidden Half", "The Fifth Reaction", "Kakado", "What Else Is New?", "The Legend of a Sigh", and "Children of Divorce".

"The Fifth Reaction" received the best film award at the Swiss Tout Ecran Film Festival in 2003.

Milani's films are considered feministic by critics, but she does not think so.

She has shifted from films with women's issue themes to comedy with her new work "Cease-Fire", though she had previously made the comedy "What Else Is New?".

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