Iranian director dedicates Marrakech movie pageant win to ‘girls of Iran’

Iranian director Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi received the Etoile d’Or prime award on the Marrakech Worldwide Movie Pageant late Saturday for his debut characteristic “A Story of Shemroon” and devoted his prize to “all the ladies of Iran”. The movie explores the lifetime of a younger Iranian dwelling in Shemroon, north of Tehran, who will get pulled deeper into the drug commerce whereas making an attempt to make some straightforward cash by means of his connections with Tehran’s rich youth.

“I wish to pay tribute to all those that misplaced their lives preventing to regain the liberty to be themselves,” mentioned Dehkordi, referring to the civil unrest in Iran sparked by the loss of life of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September. “I dedicate my award to all the ladies of Iran and to the younger technology who danger their lives for freedom,” added the 43-year-old director. A crackdown on the protests over the loss of life of Amini has left a minimum of 378 lifeless, based on a brand new report launched Saturday by the Norway-based Iran Human Rights group.

Amini died three days after her arrest in Tehran by the infamous morality police over an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s strict costume code for girls. The movie pageant jury-chaired by Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and together with French actor Tahar Rahim, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and the German-American actress Diane Kruger-awarded the perfect directing prize to Switzerland’s Carmen Jaquier for her drama “Thunder”.

The jury prize was shared by director Maryam Touzani for “The Blue Caftan”, which is Morocco’s entry for the Oscars, and Portugal’s Cristele Alves Meira for “Alma Viva”. South Korea’s Choi Seung-yoon took the perfect actress award for her efficiency in Canadian director Anthony Shim’s “Riceboy Sleeps” whereas Indonesia’s Arswendy Bening Swara claimed greatest actor honors for his function in compatriot Makbul Mubarak’s thriller “Autobiography”.

“Within the choice, there have been solely dramas, maybe the brand new administrators are fascinated with dramatic topics,” Sorrentino instructed AFP. The closing ceremony paid tribute to daring and versatile British actress Tilda Swinton, who chaired the pageant jury at its final pre-COVID version in 2019. – AFP

 

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