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Iran's pick for Oscars: "Border Café"


TEHRAN, Sept. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian Committee for Selecting a Film for the Academy Awards selected director Kambuzia Partovi's "Border Café" to represent Iranian cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.

"Border Café" is about Reihan, an Iranian widow and mother of two young children who reopens the roadhouse formerly run by her husband, but since managing such a business is forbidden for women, she encounters much resistance, particularly from her conservative brother-in-law, Nasser, whose only aim is to marry Reihan, despite the fact he already has one wife.

"Border Café", which was also written by Partovi, has been screened in several Iranian and foreign festivals. Leading actress Fereshteh Sadr-Orafaii won the best actress award of the 9th Iran Cinema Celebration in September 2005.

The film was selected from a shortlist containing three other films, "Chaharshanbeh-Suri" (directed by Asghar Farhadi), "A Little Kiss" (Bahman Farmanara), and "Slowly" (Maziar Miri).

This year's committee members were Amir Esfandiari, Sirus Alvand, Roya Teimurian, Ahmadreza Darvish, Mohammadreza Sokut, Morteza Shayesteh, Majid Majidi, Manuchehr Mohammadi, Seyyed Zia Hashemi, Mohammadreza Honarmand, and Reza Dorostkar.

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