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2/12/07

"Mainline" crew gets a rush with five Crystal Simorghs at Fajr Film Festival

 

TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Mehr News Agency) – The production crew of the drug-themed film “Mainline” was the happiest group at the award presentation ceremony of the 25th Fajr International Film Festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday as the film scooped up Crystal Simorghs in five categories.

 

Baran Kowsari, daughter of director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, won the Best Actress Award of the festival for her roles in “Mainline” and Mohammad-Hossein Latifi’s “The Third Day”.

 

 


Baran Kowsari acknowledges the applause of the
audience. She won the Best Actress award for her
roles in two films, “Mainline” and “The Third Day”.

 

Earlier, she had said that it was ludicrous to talk about the possibility of her winning a Simorgh during the review session of “The Third Day”.

 

She plays Sara, a bride-to-be grappling with heroin addiction as her wedding day fast approaches in “Mailine” and Samireh, a young woman who remained in Khorramshahr when it was surrounded by Iraqi troops during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war in “The Third Day”.

 

Kowsari spent three months participating in rehabilitation courses held for drug addicts to play the role of Sara.

 

“Mainline” also won Simorghs for the best screenplay, art and experience, editing, and makeup.

 

The film had previously received the Best Director Simorgh in the International Section of the festival.

 

The festival’s jury also selected “The Third Day” as the Best Film and helmer Latifi also shared the Best Director Simorgh with Amir-Shahab Razavian, the director of “Mina of the Silent City”.

 


Amir-Shahab Razavian delivers his acceptance speech after being awarded
the Best Director award for his “Mina of the Silent City”. Culture Minister
Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi (first from left) and Deputy Culture Minister
for Cinematic Affairs Mohammadreza Jafari-Jelveh are seen in the photo.

 


The National Outlook Award, established this year to be presented to a film promoting national Iranian themes, was given to “Iranian Carpet”, a joint production of 15 filmmakers produced by Reza Mirkarimi.

 

Ali Nasirian, Mohammad-Ali Najafi, Shahriar Bahrani, Mohammad Davudi, Javad Tusi, Abdolhamid Qadirian, and Mohammadreza Honarmand were the jury members of this year’s festival, whose decisions were criticized by a number of participants.

 

 

“Outcasts” director rebels

 

The controversial Sacred Defense genre comedy “The Outcasts” was selected as the Audience Favorite Film, but director Masud Dehnamaki refused to receive the Crystal Simorgh.

 


Masud Dehnamaki thanks the audience after he refused to receive
the Audience Favorite Film award in protest at the decision of the
Fajr festival jury.

 


He only took the stage to apologize to his film crew for the fact that their work had been neglected by the festival jury.

 

The film was warmly received by moviegoers, but only got nominations in the Best Costume Designer and Best Special Effects categories.

 

“I will never accept the award out of respect for my actors,” Dehnamaki said at the review session of his film last Friday.

 

In addition, Maziar Miri, whose “Slowly” won three Simorghs at last year’s Fajr festival, said that he would never again participate in the competition section of the festival in protest at the jury’s decision on his film.

 

His “Reward of Silence” was screened in the Iranian Films Section this year but only received a nomination for the Best Actress Simorgh.

 

The Fajr festival, which is considered Iran’s most prestigious film gala, was held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.

 

Following is the list of winners:

 

Best Film: “The Third Day” produced by Alireza Jalali

Best Director: Mohammad-Hossein Latifi for “The Third Day” and Amir-Shahab Razavian for “Mina of the Silent City”

Best Screenplay: “Mainline” jointly written by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi, Mohsen Abdolvahhab, and Naghmeh Samini

Best Actor: Bahram Radan (“The Santur Player”)

Best Actress: Baran Kowsari (“Mainline” and “The Third Day”)

Best Supporting Actor: Afshin Hashemi (“Barefoot in Heaven”)

Best Supporting Actress: Pante’a Bahram (“Eternal Kids”)

Best Editor:  Sepideh Abdolvahhab (“Mainline”)

Best Cinematographer: Hamid Khozuei Abyaneh (“Barefoot in Heaven”)

Best Composer: Kambiz Roshanravan (“Eternal Kids”) 

Best Makeup Artist: Mehrdad Mirkiani (“Mainline”)

Best Sound Effects: Mohammadreza Delpak (“Rule of the Game”)

Best Sound Recorder: Hassan Zahedi and Dariush Sadeqpur (“Barefoot in Heaven”)

Best Costume and Stage Designer: Mohsen Ruzbehani (“The Third Day”)

Best Special Effects: Mohsen Ruzbehani and Alaeddin Pajhan (“Rule of the Game”)

Best First Film Director: Bahram Tavakkoli (“Barefoot in Heaven”)

Best Documentary: “Memoirs of a 75-Year-Old” directed by Mohammadreza Aslani

Best Documentary Filmmaker: Masud Bakhshi (“Tehran Has No Pomegranates”)

Best Short Film: “Weight of Being” directed by Hamid Bahrami

 

 

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