Source: Tehran Times
Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed drama "The Salesman" won the ARRI/Osram Award, which is presented to the best film in CineMasters -- the international competition -- at the Munich International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Saturday.
German-based Iranian actress Pegah Fereydoni, French producer Stephane Tchalgadjieff and former Munich mayor Christian Ude were the members of the CineMasters jury.
"We choose to give the award to a film that we found contemporary and yet universal and, most importantly, with an opening to the future; a story that was both thrilling and full of surprise," the jury said in their statement.
"The Salesman" brought Farhadi the best screenplay award and its star, Shahab Hosseini, the Palme d'Or for best actor at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in May.
"Rabin: the Last Day" by Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai received a special mention in CineMasters.
The CineVision Award, which goes to an international newcomer filmmaker, was presented to French director Houda Benyamina for her "Divines" while the audience award went to "The Three of Us" by Kheiron from France.
A total of 207 films from 62 countries went on screen during the event, which was held in the capital of the German state of Bavaria from June 23 to July 2.
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