News ID: 318241
Published: 0255 GMT November 26, 2021

​Iran wins two awards at Int’l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

​Iran wins two awards at Int’l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Arts & Culture Desk

The Iranian films, ‘Water, Wind, Dust, Bread,’ and ‘Makeup Artist’ received two awards at the 34th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari’s ‘Water, Wind, Dust, Bread’ won a special mention in the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary and in the IDFA 2021 Cross-Section Awards Section; Jafar Najafi’s ‘Makeup Artist’ won the FIPRESCI Award, ISNA reported.

The FIPRESCI jury members were Nino Kovačić, Steffen Moestrup, and Elena Rubashevska.

The jury statement about Najafi’s film reads: “The film we have awarded is a convincing and captivating portrayal of a theater called marriage. Following a couple through a heavy emotional journey, we stay deeply connected with them. In utter sincerity of both positive and negative aspects of human nature, the film transcends its local context and becomes a universal story of relationship dynamics. We are faced with a world full of humor and hardship, but foremostly, with people who break stereotypes and refuse compromises.”

The IDFA announced the winners of the competition programs during the IDFA 2021 awards ceremony on November 26. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam’s Compagnietheater, in addition to being live-streamed.

The festival opened on November 17 and will run through November 28.

The 34th edition of IDFA has run as an in-person event, with 12 special online screenings for audiences, and an extensive library of films, talks, and consultancies available to online guests around the world.

‘Mr. Landsbergis’ (Lithuania, Netherlands) by Sergei Loznitsa is the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film.

“It is not easy to bring history to life. It is even more difficult to make it thrilling, urgent, and totally enriching, to make it feel like we are living through it as it happens. On every level of craft, the winning film represents a monumental achievement that fully explores the role one man, one nation, and one historical moment can play in the still-unfolding story of the global struggle for freedom and self-determination,” the jury reported.



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