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Iraq selects Iranian-directed "Half Moon" for Oscars

Photos: Bahman Qobadi

TEHRAN, Oct. 1 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian director Bahman Qobadi's "Half Moon" has been picked to represent Iraq alongside the Iranian entry "Border Café" at next year's Oscars, AFP reported on Saturday.

Co-produced by Iran, Iraq, Austria and France, "Half Moon" stars Hedieh Tehrani, Golshifteh Farahani, Hassan Purshirazi, and Farzin Sabuni.

The film tells the courageous story of Mamo, a renowned and admired Kurdish musician, who travels to Iraq's Kurdistan along with ten of his sons to perform a concert. Their trip is only now possible because Saddam Hussein's reign has ended - such a concert was forbidden under him.

Waiting seven months to obtain the proper authorization to undertake his journey, Mamo also intends to bring a female singer, Hesho.

Though women's singing is forbidden, Mamo is determined to continue the journey even if he is forced to travel illegally.

The movie also shared the Golden Shell for Best Film with French entry "My Son" directed by Martial Fougeron on Saturday at the 2006 San Sebastian film festival.

The event was held from Sept. 21 to 30 in Spain.

The 54th international festival in the northern Spanish town also awarded a Silver Shell to Nigel Bluck and Crighton Bone, the foreign cameramen of "Half Moon", for Best Photography.

The legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau chaired the jury while José Saramago, the Portuguese author of the great novel "Blindness", was a jury member.

... Payvand News - 10/2/06 ... --

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