The Midday Event film poster
TEHRAN - "The Midday Event", a political drama that features the terrorist atrocity of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization in Iran of the 1980s, has been crowned best at the 35th Fajr Film Festival.
Producer Mahmud Razavi received his award from Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif during a closing ceremony held at Tehran's Milad Tower on Thursday
In his acceptance speech, he called on the cast and crew to come on stage to share his happiness over the success.
"I thank Mr. Ayyubi [the director of the Cinema Organization of Iran] for not disappointing the guys so that they will continue making films next year," he said.
The film also won the audience Crystal Simorgh and the award for best film
from the national point of view. In addition, Behzad Jafari-Tadi received the
Crystal Simorgh for best set and costume designer for his collaboration in the
"I think that we received the major prize of the festival," director Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian said after accepting the audience Crystal Simorgh.
The best director award went to Vahid Jalilvand for "Without Date, Without Signature".
during the 35th Fajr Film Festival at Tehran's Milad Tower on February 9,
2017. (IRNA/Abdollah Heidari)
After accepting his award Jalilvand, who previously worked for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), accused IRIB's cinema program Haft of provoking hostility among filmmakers.
"You tried to create division among us, but we like each other," Jalilvand said addressing Haft host Behruz Afkhami and the program's permanent guest, critic Masud Farasati.
Ferrari film poster
The attack on IRIB continued when veteran filmmaker Alireza Davudnejad came on
stage to receive the special jury award for "Ferrari", about a young ambitious
girl who moves from a remote Iranian town to Tehran just to pose with a
luxurious Ferrari for photos.
"I am really sorry for the IRIB's hostile trend towards cinema," he said and expressed his hope that IRIB would stop this tendency.
Ferrari" also brought Kabuzia Partovi the Crystal Simorgh for best
screenwriter while the film's star Mohsen Tanabandeh received the best actor
award for the portrayal of a taxi driver.
The best first-film director award was presented to Monir Qeidi for her debut feature film "The Villa Tenants" that focuses wives of Iranian commanders during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
In addition, Sorayya Qasemi won the best supporting actress award for her
role in the drama. However, neither Qeidi nor Qasemi attended the closing
ceremony in protest over the jury's allegedly poor decision on nominations.
Navid Mohammadzadeh won the Crystal Simorgh for best supporting actor for his role in "Without Date, Without Signature".
He asked Iranian cineastes to respect the jury's decision even if they didn't receive any nomination.
The best actress award was shared by Merila Zarei for her role in "Under the Smoky Roof" and Leila Zarei for "Rag-e Khab".
Following is the list of other winners of the festival, which is Iran's most important film event:
Best editor: Sohrab Khosravi for "The Hot Summer".
Best director of cinematography: Hooman Behmanesh for "The Hot Summer".
Best makeup artist: Iman Omidvari for "Under the Smoky Roof".
Best composer: Christophe Rezai for "Negar".
Best sound engineer: Parviz Abnar for "Ferrari".
Best sound effects engineer: Alireza Alavian for "Without Date, Without Signature".
Best practical special effects supervisor: Arash Aqabeik for "Stuffiness", "Rag-e Khab" and "A Special Day".
Best computerized special effects supervisor: Mohammad Qasemi for "The Villa Tenants".
Best documentary: "The Accused of Section 20" directed by Hesam Eslami.
Best documentary director: Yaser Kkeir for "Slowly".
Best short film: "Retouch" directed by Kaveh Mazaheri.
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