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105 foreign movies to go on screen at Fajr festival

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- Some 105 foreign movies from 50 countries will go on screen at the International Section of the Fajr International Film Festival to be held from February 1 to 11, 2009 at various Tehran theaters.

Some 12 documentaries, 12 films of today's world, 11 Asian films, 8 Iraqi documentaries and 19 short films will go on display during the festival.

The festival will also hold seven subsidiary sections for those foreign films that are accepted at the International Section but are censored for more than one minute.

"411-Z" by Dániel Erdélyi, "Blind Man's Eyes" by John Ince, "Majidee" by Azharr Rudin, "My Father is sleeping" by Grzegorz Muskala, and "Finnish Tango" by Buket Alakus are among the short films.

Several countries including France, China, United States, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Spain and Russia will take part in the festival. The complete list of films will be announced next week.

Fajr filmfest to honor Amitabh Bachchan

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan will be honored by the Fajr International Film Festival in February.

Organizers of the Fajr festival, Iran's most prestigious film gala, plan to present Bachchan with a lifetime achievement award.

"The film festival in Tehran invites me to honor me with a lifetime achievement (award). I wonder if it will be possible for me to go there. I have another decoration in Davos at the (World) Economic Forum that I have accepted around the same time," Bachchan wrote on his blog

He is most famous in Iran for his roles in "Sholay" and "Shakti".

Although most Iranians are familiar with almost all of Bachan's films, they mainly identify with him as "Vijay", the name of the character he played in "Shakti".

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