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Iranian wins French movie prize
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posted February 15, 2001 10:09
VESOUL, France, Feb 14 (AFP) - The movie "Sanam" by Iranian film director Rafi Pitts won top prize Wednesday in a festival of near and far eastern cinema held annually in this French town. The festival also paid special tribute to Kiju Yoshida, a leading director of the Japanese New Wave of cinema.
The week-long event screened a total of 45 films, with eight full-length features and six video documentaries entered for competition.
The festival in the eastern French town has provided a European showcase for Asian cinema for the last six years.
Iranian cinema received special prominence this year with works by three leading younger directors, including Pitts, Hassan Yektapanah, who won the 2000 Golden Camera award for his film "Djomeh," and the woman director Marzieh Meshkini, whose "The Day I Became A Woman" is scheduled for general release on March 8, international Women's Day.
Pitts, who won the "Golden Rickshaw" jury prize, was jury chairman at last year's festival. The prize is a 30-centimetre bronze statuette of a bicycle rickshaw whose wheels represent film reels.
Other movies on show this year included offerings from China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Lebanon.
All times are PT (US)
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