TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian director Mona Zandi-Haqiqi won the Silver Alexander Special Jury Award as well its 22,000-euro cash prize at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival for her film "Friday Evening" during the closing ceremony of the festival on November 26.
Zandi-Haqiqi's debut film "Friday Evening" is about a woman called Sogand and her son Omid, who are shunned by her family and thus experience hard times.
"Friday Evening" received the Special Jury Prize of the International Women's Film Festival in Cologne last October.
Zandi-Haqiqi had previously won the Best First Film Director Award and the Special Jury Prize in the Iranian Films Section of the 24th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran last January.
South Korean filmmaker Kim Tae-yong's "Family Ties" won the festival's Golden Alexander for the best feature film.
In addition, Polish director Slawomir Fabicki won the festival's best director award for "Retrieval".
Christine Vachon (producer, USA), Pierre Rissient (director, France), Katia Lund (director, Brazil), Diego Galan (film critic, Spain), Mogens Rukov (screenwriter, Denmark), Xu Jinglei (actress, China), and Lefteris Voyatzis (actor, Greece) were the members of the jury of the ten-day festival.
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