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Iran's "Bear" grabs Golden Goblet of Shanghai filmfest

Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian family drama "Bear" won the Golden Goblet Award for best film at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday. Director Khosrow Masumi and producer Javad Noruzbeigi attended the award presentation ceremony of the festival.

Merila Zarei (R) and Mohammad-Mehdi Hosseinpur in a scene from "Bear"

The film was warmly welcomed by the audience, Masumi said during the award presentation ceremony, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Monday.

Noruzbeigi also said that winning the award is a great success for the film and the Iranian cinema.

The film is about a person missing in action and declared a martyr, Nureddin, who comes home after eight years after being a prisoner of war (POW). He finds his wife remarried and the mother of two children. Longing for nothing more than a simple family life with his wife, Nureddin struggles to fight reality.

"Bear" was competing with 17 other films from Denmark, Canada, France, Turkey, China, Russia and several more.

In addition, the Jury Grand Prix was presented to "For the Love of God" directed by Micheline Lanctot from Canada and the Best Director Award went to Gao Qunshu from China for "Detective Hunter Zhang".

Running from June 16 to 24, the festival had also dedicated a section to Iranian films named Iran Focus, in which "The Maritime Silk Road" (Mohammad Bozorgnia), "Age Forty" (Alireza Raisian) and "The Child and The Angel" (Masud Naqashzadeh) were screened.

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was a member of the jury, which was led by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud this year.

"Wind Blows in the Meadow", "The Tradition of Killing a Lover" and "Somewhere Too Far" are among Masumi's other credits.

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