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Iran's "Angels Die in the Soil" awarded at Venice festival

TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Babak Amini's "Angels Die in the Soil" won the Volvo Grand Award at the Circuito Off - Venice International Short Film Festival.

Some 48 short films from around the world competed for the award during the event that was held from August 30 to September 5 in Italy.

Amini, a graduate of philosophy, began his film career by assisting the renowned filmmaker Bahman Qobadi in his movies "A Time for Drunken Horses" and "Turtles Can Fly, Too".

Amini's short film "Angels Die in the Soil" won the Ischia Film Award at the 6th annual Ischia Film Location Festival in Italy this year.

The film is on the theme of Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and what happened in Iraq's Kurdish region. On the border between Iran, Kurdistan and Iraq, a headstrong young woman who survived Saddam's chemical warfare attacks during the Iran/Iraq war encounters an American soldier, who's been shot and left for dead by his terrorist captors.

Cast & Credits
Director: Babak Amini
Principal Cast: Donya Ghobadi, Pedram Seyfuri
Screenwriter/Producer: Babak Amini
Editor: Mahsoomeh Shahazari
Director of Photography: Meisam Riahl
Sound Recorder: Vahid Hajilooi
Music: Shahram Alimohammadi
Producer: Babak Amini

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