2019 Fajr Intl. Filmfest. names winners; ‘A Russian Youth’ wins grand prix
Art and Experience: The Fajr International Film Festival announced the full lineup of winners at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall for their 37th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, fiction, documentary and animation films from across the globe.
Iranian and international officials, dignitaries, filmmakers and guests attended the closing ceremony on Thursday, April 25.
Addressing the ceremony, Festival Director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi said the imposed unilateral sanctions have not only targeted Iran’s economy but its culture as well: Despite these difficulties, we managed to organize the annual cinematic event. The good news is that many international filmmakers, critics, and scholars who love Iranian cinema didn’t leave us alone.
The award-winning director and screenwriter added, “this is one of the oldest and the most important film festivals in West Asia. I would like to extend my gratitude to Ministry of Culture, Cinema Organization of Iran, Ministry of Communications, Tehran Municipality, as well as many others who helped us to hold this year’s event.”
International Competition (Cinema Salvation)
Golden Simorgh for Best Film: A Russian Youth directed by Alexander Zolotukhin, produced by Eduard Pichugin, Alexander Sokurv (Russia)
Silver Simorgh for Best Director: Soroush Sehat for Dance with Me! (Iran)
Silver Simorgh for Best Script: Gernot Kraa, Oliver Haffner for Wackersdorf by Oliver Haffner (Germany)
Silver Simorgh for Best Actress: Martina Apostolova for Irina by Nadejda Koseva (Bulgaria)
Silver Simorgh for Best Actor: Jesper Christensen for Before the Frost by Michael Noer (Denmark)
Diploma of Honor for Best Actor: Ali Mosaffa for Dance with Me by Soroush Sehat (Iran)
Silver Simorgh for Special Jury Prize: Best Costume Design for Spring Sparrow by Jingxiang Li (China)
Silver Simorgh for Best Short Film: Excess Will Save Us by Morgane Dziurla-Petit (Sweden)
International Competition Jury (The Cinema Salvation): Wang Xiaoshuai (China), Mike van Diem (Netherlands), Muzaffer Özdemir (Turkey), Navid Mohammadzadeh (Iran), Labina Mitevska (Macedonia), Peter Fleischmann (Germany), Narges Abyar (Iran).
Asian Film Awards
Trophy for Best Asian Film: Without My Friend by Mohammad Ali Talebi (Iran)
Diploma of Honor for Best Asian Film: Rona, Azim’s Mother by Jamshid Mahmoudi (Afghanistan)
Trophy for Best Asian Director: Huo Meng for Crossing the Border (China)
Trophy for Best Short Film: Sacrifice by Mehdi Mahmmad-Nejadian (Iran)
Eastern Vista Jury (Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries): Khosro Masoumi (Iran), Rusudan Glurjidze (Georgia)
Best First Film Award
Trophy for Best First Feature Film: A Russian Youth by Alexander Zolotukhin (Russia)
First Film Jury: Behrouz Shoeibi (Iran), Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon), Ammar Hadi Al-Arady (Iraq)
Muhammad Al-Ameen Award
Trophy and Diploma of Honor for Muhammad Al-Ameen Award: Hamid by Aijaz Khan (India)
Certificate of Peace
Amina by Iyman Zidan (Syria)
International Critics Award
Diploma of Honor to Best Feature Film in Eastern Vista Section: The Announcement by Mahmut Fazil Coskun (Turkey/Bulgaria)
International Critics Jury: Cüneyt Cebenoyan (Turkey), Robert Safarian (Iran), Barbara Lorey (Germany)
Diploma of Honor to Rona, Azim’s Mother by Jamshid Mahmoudi (Afghanistan)
Interfaith Competition Jury: Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Navab (Iran), Inês Mendes Gil (Portugal), Douglas P. Fahleson (Scotland)
Narrow Red Line by Farzad Khoshdast (Iran)
NETPAC Jury: Latika Padgaonkar (India), Seyyed Gholamreza Mousavi (Iran), Aijaz Gul (Pakistan)
The 37th Fajr International Film Festival was held in the Iranian capital Tehran from April 18 to 26, screening 107 titles from 75 countries around the world.