Source: Tehran Times
The social drama "Lantouri" by Reza Dormishian, has won the Best Film Award at the 2nd Zurich Iranian Film Festival which was held in Zurich, Switzerland from May 26 to June 1, 2016.
Director Reza Dormishian holds his award which is in the shape of the Cyrus Cylinder.
Starring Baran Kowsari and Milad Mohammadzadeh, the film is about a lower class young man who falls in love with a beautiful, upper class young woman. But after the woman refuses to marry the man, he pours acid over her in a vicious act of revenge.
Shahram Shah-Hosseini's social drama "The Girl's House" also won the Audience Award, while the jury honored "The Man Who Became a Horse" by Amir-Hossein Saqafi, the organizers have announced on the festival website.
"The Girl's House" tells the bitter story of Samira, a girl who is found dead on the eve of her wedding ceremony, and the investigation into the cause of her suspicious death.
"The Man Who Became a Horse" is about a middle-aged man who conveys his wife to the hospital as a narrative comes to explore the extremely deranged state of the inner world of the man who is overwhelmed by self-pity.
Bernadette "Bernie" Meier, archivist at various TV and press archives for the Swiss Film Archive in Zurich, Robert M. Richter, Managing Director of Cinelibre (Swiss Association of Film Societies and Non Profit Cinemas), Olivia Heussler, a freelance photographer, Martin Girod, active in film programming and managing arthouse cinemas, along with Annette Scharnberg, working for "Kulturplatz" - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen were the jury members of the feature film category.
The 2016 edition of the Iranian Film Festival is dedicated to films on issues of immigration, integration, and matters related to women in Iran and around the globe such as honor/virginity, solitude, sacrifice, and love. In addition, the festival presents 19 outstanding films made between 2014 and 2016 about Iran or by Iranian filmmakers about other countries. These films have been selected from impressive international film festivals such as Berlinale, Busan, Cannes, and the Fajr film festival. “The Man Who Became a Horse”, “The Girl’s House”, and “Immortal” are among 11 films in competition under critical eyes of a five-member jury for feature films and a three-member jury for short films.
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