Art and Experience: Iranian filmmaker Seyyed Sajjad Musavi’s short film “The Salt Man” has won the Grand Prix of the Viva Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 15-miniute drama is about Dr. Saeid Aram, an Iranian artistic genius who is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old daughter.
Earlier in May, the film won the award for best narrative at the 7th Zayed University Middle East Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.
The Viva Golden Wood in the religious film category went to “Jewish Blind Date” by Anaelle Morf from Switzerland while the Golden Butterfly in the ecological film category was presented to “Nature Needs You” by Mark Pearce from Australia.
“Fortress Phenomenon” by Serbian directors Dragan Stojmenovic and Szilard Antal won the Golden Clapper in the tourist movie category, and “Adornment” by Serbian filmmaker Stefan Krasic was awarded the Golden Camera in the youth movie section.
Three other Iranian films were also screened in the various sections of the Viva Film Festival. “Sepideh” by Abbas Sendi was shown in the ecological film section and “Five Senses of Art” by Hesam Dehqani and “Iran Tour” by Benyamin Baluchi competed in the tourist film category.