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Fajr Festival award winning films announced

TEHRAN, Feb.09 (ISNA)-The international section award winning films in the 25th edition of the international Fajr film festival were announced in a ceremony of honor at Vahdat theatre hall, here.

Iran's minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hussein Saffar Harandi and deputy culture minister for cinematic affairs, Mohammad Reza Jafarijelveh attended the ceremony with the presence of domestic and international guests and artists.

The jury in the Conceptual Cinema section dedicated the best film scenario award to "The Collector" from Poland and the best film director award to Songyos Sugmakanan from Thailand for his film entitled "Dorm".

Also the Iranian film "Barefoot in Paradise" by Habibollah Kasesaz was represented with the best film award.

Within the ceremony, the veteran Italian director, Mario Monicelli was honored in the presence of the eminent Iranian actor, Ezatollah Entezami, the renowned Iranian director, Abbas Kiarostami and the Fajr film festival secretary, Ali Reza Dad.

Also in the Inter-religion Cinema section, the Simorgh Bolourin (Crystal Sphinx) award was dedicated to the Iranian film "Robin" by Parviz Sheikhtadi.

In the Asia Cinema section, the best film scenario award was dedicated to "Blue Swallow" from South Korea, while "Days of Fire" from Japan and the Iranian film "Night Bus" by Kioumars Pourahmad were respectively honored with the best film and best director award.

Also the Moustafa Eghad award was dedicated to the Iranian film "Barefoot in Paradise" on the occasion of the year of the Holy Prophet Mohammad.

Another part of the Fajr international section honored the film "Innocence" from France with the best short film diploma of honor. Also the best short film award was dedicated to the Iranian short film director, Shahram Mokri for "The Circumference of the Circle".

The best artistic achievement award was dedicated to a joint production of Britain and New Zealand for "River Queen" and Ulrich Muhe was honored with the best actor's award for his role in "The Others' life".

Also the Iranian actress, Baran Kousari was honored with a diploma of honor for her role play in "The Mainline".

The best Jury award was dedicated to "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" from Germany and "The Others' Life" directed by Henckel von Donnersmarck was introduced as the best film represented in the festival.

Also the Iranian directors, Rakhshan Banietemad and Mohsen Abdolvahhab were honored with the best film director award of the festival for "Mainline".

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