TEHRAN, April 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian filmmaker Bahman Qobadi's Half Moon won the People's Choice Award of the international competition section of the 26th International Istanbul Film Festival, which was held from March 31 to April 15.
Starring Iranian superstar Hedyeh Tehrani, Golshifteh Farahani, and a number of local non-actors, "Half Moon" is a bittersweet comedy about Mamo, a renowned and admired Kurdish musician who travels to Iraqi Kurdistan along with ten of his sons in order to perform a concert. Their trip is only possible now that Saddam Hussein's dictatorship has ended -- such a concert was forbidden under his rule.
The film, which is a joint production of Iran, Iraq, Austria, and France by the MijFilm company, previously won the Golden Shell award for the Best Film at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain last September.
It was also selected to represent the Iraqi motion picture industry in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.
Unfortunately, Iranian cultural officials accused Qobadi of separatism due to the use of the Kurdish language in the film and refused to issue a screening license for the movie.
The Turkish newspaper Radikal sponsored the two People's Choice Awards, which are determined by an audience vote in international and national competition sections. Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the People's Choice Award in the national competition section for his film "Climates".
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