Iranian feature film "Gold and Copper" directed by Homayoun Assadian won the Best Film Award of the 15th edition of Whitehead International Film Festival in Claremont, Californian.
"Gold and Copper" directed by Homayoun Assadian
The 15th edition of the festival was held on January 10-17. The "Gold and Copper" scored the award for the Best Film.
The film narrates the story of a young clergyman who moves to Tehran with his family to complete his studying where he finds about his wife's disease which changes his life and makes him to leave his theological studies.
Homayoun Assadian's film which has scored the top award of the 2011 edition of Italy's Religion Today International Film Festival, has received the "In the Spirit of Faith Award" at the 14th Religion Today International Film Festival in Italy.
Director: Homayoun Asadian
Country: Iran, 2011
Language: In Persian with English subtitles
Film Length: 97 minutes
Additional Information: IDMB
A poignant account of an Iranian cleric, this drama humanizes a group that internationally is identified with repression more than compassion. The story focuses on a Koranic student, Seyed, who has just moved to Tehran with his wife, Zahra, and two small children. When Zahra is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, Seyed must learn about things he's never considered, including cooking, shopping, and diaper changing. He studies by day and at night assumes Zahra's former task of weaving rugs, which actually supports the family. With the help of some of his new neighbors, he cares for his wife. If Seyed struggles more than he'd ever anticipated, he also benefits: the young man's daily experience deepens his understanding of the sacred text he's studying. Opening a door to a little-understood land, Gold and Copper is a fascinating contrast to the Iranian films most often seen in the West. -Mark Jenkins
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