Industries & Festivals — February 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Iran’s Fajr Film Festival: local movie wins award, Hollywoodism conference wraps up

fajr-film-festivalIranian movie Rule of Accident has been awarded the Crystal Simorgh for the best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival, according to Iranian media outlets.

Behnam Behzadi, the director and producer of the family drama, received the award during the closing ceremony of the international section of the festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Monday.

The movie recounts the story of a theater troupe, that wants to take part in a theater festival abroad; however, the group members face certain difficulties before their trip.

Behzadi also won the prestigious award for the best director.

The Crystal Simorgh for best actor went to Oliver Litondo for his role in The First Grader, made by British director Justin Chadwick.

The best actress award went to Emili Watson for Oranges and Sunshine, created by British director Jim Loach.

Ukrainian director Eva Neymann also received the Special Jury Award for her second feature film, House with a Turret.

China’s Zhenyun Liu won the Crystal Simorgh for the best screenwriter for Back to 1984.

This year’s edition of Fajr International Film Festival kicked off in Tehran on January 31 and will continue up to February 10.

Iran holds the international Fajr film, theater, music, visual arts, and poetry festivals every year to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

hollywoodismThe third International Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema has wrapped up in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on the sidelines of the Fajr International Film Festival.

The conference came to an end on Wednesday in a ceremony in Tehran’s Azadi Hotel.

Some 50 cineastes and critics from across Europe and the United States attended the four-day event, discussing policies pursued by Hollywood in producing movies and their impacts on culture and political attitudes.

The participants also focused on the dominance of Hollywood’s policies in the artistic community of Western countries, and the aim of the US film industry in expanding Islamophobia and Iranophobia across the world.

They also stressed that independent media would lay a crucial role in raising public awareness.

James Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, considered the conference a major development in dealing with Hollysoodism, saying, “A march of thousand miles begins with a single step, we are making multiple steps here I believe that is important in terms of dealing with international and all pervasive influence of Hollywood.”

The first Hollywoodism and Cinema conference was held in Iran in 2011.

The 2012 edition of the conference reviewed last year’s protests in US and European cities and their impressive messages for film adaptations as well as other related subjects.

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