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Third day of "Third Day" underway in Tehran

TEHRAN, June 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- The much acclaimed Iranian war film "The Third Day" premiered in Tehran movie theaters on Wednesday. The film starring Baran Kowsari and Puria Pursorkh tells the story of a brother and sister fighting against Iraqi forces in the early days of the occupation of Khorramshahr during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

The film directed by Mohammad-Hossein Latifi won the Crystal Simorgh best film director award at the 25th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February 2007.

Baran Kowsari won best actress award and Mohsen Ruzbehani best costume and stage designer award at this event which is Iran's most prestigious film gala.

Pirating, a brisk trade

Just a few days after a film's premier, bootlegs are usually available on the Iranian black market, mostly centering round the capital.

Iranian cineastes have recently become outraged by the situation and have demanded that cultural officials take security measures to prevent the pirating of on-screen films.

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has coded films in order to find the supporters of the mafia responsible for distributing illegal copies. However measures taken by the ministry have fallen short of the desired results.

In response to the transgression, the Iranian Majlis has increased fines for the pirating of films and records, and Tehran's Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf has ordered the confiscation of bootleg films from the market.

In addition, Tehran Police Commander Brigadier Ahmadreza Radan announced in a meeting attended by film producers and distributors on Thursday that the police forces have been ordered to close all shops selling pirated films.

However, provisions have proved futile and the market is still doing a brisk trade.

... Payvand News - 6/15/07 ... --

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