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Iranian filmmaker finds Indian award in ‘The Dark Room’

Tehran, The 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in India came to an end with Iranian filmmaker Rouhollah Hejazi winning 'Suvarna Chakoram' award (the Golden Crow Pheasant) for the best film for his feature film 'The Dark Room'.

The film revolves around the efforts of a young couple, Haleh and Farhad, to identify the abusers of their fiveyearold son, Amir. The small family, who recently moved into a new apartment building to start a new chapter of their lives, cannot imagine what awaits them, though.

Amir is lost in the desert just in front of the complex, however, his parents find him soon. But then, Amir tells his father that someone has abused him and that makes Farhad very upset.

The troubled father is now looking for a suspect who harassed his little boy. Hejazi's social drama had earlier won the best film award of the Fifth Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam.

The Kerala event opened with the screening of 'Everybody Knows' directed by Asghar Farhadi and Bahman Farmanara's 'Tale of the Sea', Hejazi's 'The Dark Room' and 'As I Lay Dying' directed by Mostafa Sayari attended the international competition section as Iran's representatives. Jafar Panahi's '3 Faces' and 'Dressage' by Pooya Badkoobeh were Iran's other representatives screened in the Indian festival's World Cinema section.

Prominent Iranian director Majid Majidi was selected to head of the festival's panel of jury for the main section.

The IFFK, acknowledged as one of the leading cultural events in India, is an annual event held in Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala.

Started in 1996, the International Film Festival of Kerala, organized by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, began on December 7 and wrapped up on December 13. It screened over 190 movies from around the world in various movie houses across Thiruvananthapuram.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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