Iranian films nab top awards at Golden Apricot film festival

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Two Iranian screen productions have scooped top prizes at the 10th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

Majid Barzegar’s Parviz and Salem Salavati’s Last Winter along with the other winners were honored during a closing ceremony held at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet on July 14.

Barzegar’s feature length movie Parviz contended for award at the competition section of the festival held in the capital city of Yerevan.

Centered on family relationships, the film depicts the story of a man at his fifties, Parviz, who has spent life in his father’s home and has never had a job. His quiet routine suddenly comes apart when his father decides to remarry and tells him to move out.

Salem Salavati’s 77-minute documentary The Last Winter is an allegory in which the depicted family represents those ones who are unable to change their resigned way of life.

Salavati’s film is an expanded version of his previous short Snowy Dreams with the same picturesque winter scenery, calm, realistic life style and culture of Iranian Kurdistan.

This year’s Yerevan film festival hosted 200 films, from which 90 movies were screened in the four competition sections of Feature, Documentary, Armenian Panorama and the Apricot Stone (short films).

Established in 2004, Golden Apricot Yerevan Film Festival is annually held and dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations.

The 2013 Golden Apricot Yerevan Film Festival kicked off on July 7 and came to an end on July 14.

 

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