• Mon / 11 March 2019 / 14:42
  • Category: Culture and Art
  • News Code: 97122010756
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Iranian documentary filmmaker wins Big Sky award

Iranian documentary filmmaker wins Big Sky award

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian short documentary “Lotus” brought Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s award to its director Mohamadreza Vatandoust.

Participating in the Mini-Doc Section of the festival, Lotus won Big Sky’s Artistic Vision Award. However, since Vatandoust couldn’t attend the festival due to non-issuance of visa, his award was sent to Documentary & Experimental Film Center and delivered to him by the agency.

Lotus’s competitors in Mini-Doc Competition section were representatives from United States, UK, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and India.

The jury statement on the film read, “We chose to give an Artistic Vision Award to one film whose artistry and craftsmanship stood out. For its controlled and intentional use of pacing, natural light, and mis-en-scéne; its disciplined focus on one woman's painfully patient, singular mission; and its innovative subjective motifs rich with symbolism and emotion, we give this award to Lotus”.

The 13-minute documentary film tells a story of an old woman who has waited 12 years for permission to cross the lake to an island where the last resident of Lafourak waits for her.

The 16th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival was held February 15-24 in Missoula, Montana, US.

“Beloved”, directed by Yaser Talebi was another Iranian representative that attended the festival’s Feature Competition.

Meanwhile, in the section of “Stories from Iran” which included non-fiction films by Iranian filmmakers, “Finding Farideh” directed by Kouroshj Ataee and Azadeh Moussavi, “Lotus” by Mohammadreza Vatandoust, “Beloved” by Yaser Talebi, “Aleppo: The Silence of the War” by Amir Osanlou and “Skipper Soleiman” by Saadat Ali Saeedpour were screened.

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