The Iranian film "Closed Curtain" has won the top prize for best screenplay at the 63rd Berlin film festival. The film was co-directed by Kamboziya Partovi and dissident director Jafar Panahi in defiance of a 20-year ban on filmmaking.
Iranian director Kamboziya Partovi, who made "Closed Curtain" with dissident filmmaker Jafa Panahi, accepted the prize on behalf of Jafar Panahi at this year's Berlinale.
The winner of the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Panahi has been held under house arrest since December 2010 for allegedly making anti-government propaganda.
Iranian authorities ignored requests by Berlin festival officials to allow Jafar Panahi to participate in the Berlinale.
Related Story: Iranian director vows to go ahead in the face of ban - Iran's Jafar Panahi has defied a 20-year ban on filmmaking to secretly co-direct "Closed Curtain", a multi-layered portrayal of how restrictions on his work and movement have brought on depression and even thoughts of suicide. The movie, in competition at the Berlin film festival, has its premiere on Tuesday, but Panahi was not expected on the red carpet despite festival organizers saying the German government had requested he be allowed to travel. -Reuters
The Berlin Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, came to an end with a gala ceremony for the presentation of the top awards on February 16.
"Child's Rose," a Romanian drama by director Calin Peter Netzer, won the Golden Bear for best picture.
It tells the story of a domineering mother who uses her social position to try and save her son from jail.
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Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi
They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn't allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They barricade themselves into a secluded villa with curtained windows and eye each other suspiciously. Why has he shaved his head? How does she know he is being followed by the police? They are both now prisoners in a house without a view in the midst of a hostile environment. The voices of police can be heard in the distance, but so too can the calming sound of the sea. One time they look at the night sky full of stars before again withdrawing behind their protective walls.
Are we looking at outlaws, in all senses of the word? Or are the man and the young woman merely phantoms, figments of the imagination of a filmmaker who is no longer allowed to work? The director enters the scene and the curtains are pulled open. Reality reinstates itself, but fiction closes in on it again and again. An absurd situation: two characters from a screenplay, both searching for and observing their director.
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