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10/16/06

Farhadi's "Chaharshanbeh-Suri" wins Gold Hugo at Chicago filmfest

TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian feature "Chaharshanbeh-Suri" won the Gold Hugo for Best Film on Sunday at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival.

"The people of Iran and the people of the United States need to know each other, and it's much better if this understanding is not through our politicians but through our artists," said 34-year-old director Asghar Farhadi, speaking through a translator. "The best way to avoid a crisis is to get to know each other (via cinema), because then the politicians have no power to do anything."

Also known as "Fireworks Wednesday", the flick is about a family in which the wife doubts her husband's loyalty. Everything seems to indicate that the wife suffers from melancholia, but things turn out differently.

Starring Iranian superstar Hedyeh Tehrani along with Hamid Farrokhnejad and Taraneh Alidusti, "Chaharshanbeh-Suri" was awarded Crystal Simorghs for best director, best editing, and best actress at the 24th Fajr International Film Festival. The film also won the audience favorite award at the festival, which was held in Tehran in late January.

The movie also won the Junior Jury 3rd Prize of the 59th Locarno International Film Festival.

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