Fajr Film Festival opens in Iran, don’t miss some great local cinema
The 37th edition of the local Fajr Film Festival opened at the Tehran Theater Complex on January 31 with dozens of great locally produced movies ready to view, Tehran Times reported.
The ceremony honoured actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, filmmaker Azizollah Hamidnejad, film editor Abbas Ganjavi, voice actor Khosro Khosroshahi, and graphic designer Ebrahim Haqiqi with lifetime achievement awards.
Farmanara and Kimiai came to the stage to present Ganjavi the award.
In his short speech, Kimiai pointed to his collaboration with Ganjavi in “The Soil”, “The Journey of the Stone”.
In his acceptance speech, Hamidnejad thanked film critics Hushang Golmakani, Masud Mehrabi, Khosro Dehqan and Hamid Sediqi who acclaimed his 1991 war drama “Hoor on Fire” and said, “They encourage me to make my next movie.”
Graphic designer Haqiqi said that his collaboration with the Fajr festival began in 1982 when he created a poster for the second edition of the event. He is the designer of the festival’s Simorgh trophy.
Actress Motamed-Arya also criticized certain people, which lash out at the cinema and accuse it of laxity, “The Iranian cinema community is a lovely respected family that believes in all values.”
“Our cinema is viewed in the world as the greatest cultural herald, as a result, it is increasingly under attack,” she stated.
Voice actor Khosroshahi received his award from his colleagues Manuchahr Vaalizazdeh, Nasser Mamduh and Manuchehr Esmaeili.
Khosroshahi who has given his voice to film stars such as Alain Delon, Al Pacino and Amitabh Bachchan also lamented that dubbing has always been ignored in Iran and asked the culture ministry to regard the profession.
The organizers also paid tribute to Ezzatollah Entezami, the veteran actor of stage and screen who died in August 2018 at the age of 94, during the opening ceremony.
The Fajr Film Festival will run until February 11.