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"Hussein, Who Said No", "Che" scoop up awards at Fajr Film Festival

Report by Tehran Times; photos by Islamic Republic News Agency

“Hussein, Who Said No” and “Che” were the big winners in the national competition section of the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Tuesday evening.

“Hussein, Who Said No”, which is about the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS), won five Crystal Simorghs in the categories of best film, best director, best composer, best cinematographer, and best costume and set designer during the closing ceremony of the event at Tehran’s Milad Tower.  

The film and “Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz and Others”, produced by Jamal Sadatian, shared the best film award.

Director Ahmadreza Darvish was not able to attend the ceremony, so producer Taqi Aliqolizadeh accepted the best director award on his behalf.

“The motion picture industry in Iran and its artists need increased self-confidence and if they gain that self-confidence they will shine even more in the international arena,” Aliqolizadeh said in his acceptance speech.

Directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia, “Che”, which is about the Iranian war hero Mostafa Chamran, received Crystal Simorghs in the categories of best editor and best visual effects supervisor.

The Farabi Cinema Foundation won the Golden Simorgh for National View for its sponsorship of “Che”.

Hamidreza Soleimani won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Special Effects Supervisor for his collaboration in “Hussein, Who Said No” and “Che”.

In addition, Babak Hamidian received the Crystal Simorgh for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in the films. 

The Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor went to Reza Attaran for his role in “Sensitive Floor”, a comedy drama directed by Kamal Tabrizi.

Reza Attaran
Reza Attaran

“I have been waiting for the award over the past two years,” Attaran said in his acceptance speech.

“I plan to establish a company to produce Simorghs and to hold festivals for myself,” he joked.

Merila Zarei won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress for portrayal of mother of a soldier who went missing in action in the war drama “Track 143”.

Merila Zarei
Merila Zarei

Director/writer Behruz Afkhami won the best screenwriter award for “Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz and Others”, a family drama base on story by his wife Marjan Shirmohammadi, who also stars in the film.

This year, the jury presented two special awards, one of which went to the director of “Track 143”, Narges Abyar, and the other was presented to “Hard Makeup” director Hamid Nematollah.

Director Narges Abyar delivers her acceptance speech after receiving the special jury prize
for her war drama “Track 143”. (ISNA/Amir Kholusi)

The Crystal Simorgh for Audience Favorite Film went to “Track 143”. The winner of this category is selected based on poll, which is conducted by the Iranian House of Cinema. “Exclusive Lane”, “I’m Not Angry”, “Che”, and “Stories” ranked from second to fifth in this poll.   

The Crystal Simorgh for Best Composer was given to Stephen Warbeck, the Oscar-winning English musician, for his collaboration in “Hussein, Who Said No”.

Jamshid Mahmudi honored with best director award for “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” in the “New View” section, which is dedicated to the first-film directors. Producer Navid Mahmudi won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Film in this category.


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