Iranian Mohammad Rasoulof “Be Omid E Didar” (”goodbye”) – Award for Best Director at The Un Certain Regard Selection
Award for directing the selection Un Certain Regard was given Saturday night movie "Be Omid e Didar" ("Goodbye"), the Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof AFP.
Award for directing the selection Un Certain Regard was given Saturday night movie “Be Omid e Didar” (”Goodbye”), the Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof AFP.
The award was presented to the wife of the director. Rasoulov Mohamad, aged 37 years and sentenced to six years in prison in December 2010, received permission Tuesday from the Iranian authorities to travel.
“I’m here from Mr. Rasoulof” said his wife, when she received the award.”Thanks team and those who helped this film to arrive here, and the festival jury,” said Mrs. Rasoulov.
Convicted at the same time as his compatriot Jafar Panahi (50) for a film accused of “hostile propaganda” against the government, he did call and then lives in custody at his home in Tehran, pending a court.
“Goodbye” was performed this winter under “semi-clandestine” and could be removed thanks to some friends in Iran.
The official selection jury, chaired by Emir Kusturica, twice winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, ex-aequo awarded the Un Certain Regard Award (the highest award of the selection) film “Arirang” Korean Kim Ki-Duk’s and “Halt auf freier Strecke” the German Andreas Dresen.
Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Helen”, directed by Russian Andrei Zviagintsev, who received a Cesar in 2004 for “Le Retour”.
Un Certain Regard Award selection is given 24 hours before the awarding of the Palme d’Or-site, which will then take place Sunday evening.
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