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Iranian actor Naji wins Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear Award

Berlin, Feb 16, IRNA - First leading role actor of Iranian full length feature movie 'Avaaz-e Gonjeshk Haa' (Song of the Sparrows), Reza Naji, won Silver Bear Award of 58th Berlin Film Festival Saturday evening.

Leading actor Reza Naji and director Majid Majidi at the photo call for Avaze Gonjeshk-ha (The Song of the Sparrows)

Naji in an interview on the sidelines of the festival's award giving ceremony while expressing delight over winning the prestigious prize, said, "I am glad to see that the 'Song of Sparrows' has attracted attention of the people, and I think this prize was my fair share."

Focusing on his role in the movie, the Iranian actor said, "I got along with my role in this movie pretty well, because I had thoroughly studies the filmscript in advance and I was very familiar with the geography and anthropology of Tehran, so I faced no problem while acting out my role."

Offering an abstract of the filmscript, Naji said, "The film is about the children, their happiness and their sadness. A group of children lose their gold fish, and then, in order to soothe them I sing a song for them on worthlessness of material belongings, which I think is the part that attracted the maximum attention of the audience."

The closing ceremony of the 58th Berlin Film Festival will be held on Sunday and Majid Majidi's Song of the Sparrows, and Manijeh Hekmat's 'Three Women' have been screened there, while the former movie is expected to win more prizes on final day.

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