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Iranian cinema makes a splash at Italian festival

TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- It was Iranian cinema's day as several Iranian films won prizes at the 9th Religion Today Film Festival (October 11-14) in Trento, Italy.

Rahbar Qanbari's "He", a feature-length film about the imam of a mosque in a mountainous region of northwestern Iran, won the Best Film Award.

When Everybody Was Asleep

Hossein Yari won the Best Actor Award for his role in Hamid Rahmanian's "In the Early Morning", while director Parviz Sheikh-Tadi received the Religion and Peace Special Jury Prize for his "Red Chest".

The festival's organizers also awarded director Fereidun Hassanpur a plaque of honor for his "When Everybody Was Asleep" and producer Fereshteh Ta'erpur received an honorable mention for that film as well as for Hamid Jebelli's "Mary's Son".

The Best Short Film Award was given to "A Letter to Andrea" directed by Zohreh Zamanipur.

The festival also had winning films from Bosnia, Bulgaria, and Switzerland.

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