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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of “In His Words”, a collection of most historic and inspirational addresses by the man of peace and freedom Nelson Mandela, was unveiled during a ceremony at Tehran’s Arasbaran Cultural Center on Monday.

     
    Published by the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Tehran, the book was inaugurated in the presence of Gary Lewis, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa R.G. Whitehead, and a group of art and cultural figures.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Lewis shared some thoughts that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had said about Mandela.
     
    “On the 18th of July of this year, which is Mandela’s birthday, our Secretary General called upon the people of the planet to call for action and inspire change and to make the human family build a peaceful, equitable and sustainable world. Ban Ki-moon went on to add that this is the best tribute that we can pay to an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity,” said Lewis at the ceremony as part of the speech he delivered.
     
    The ambassador next read a message from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, stressing on the protection of human rights and respect for all people.
     
    He added that Mandela is not only in the hearts of African individuals, but also in the hearts of all of the people in the world.
     
    Next, a portrait of Mandela by Iranian artist Alipur (first name not given) was unveiled on the sidelines of the program. 
     
    The ceremony continued with a music video featuring the life and battles of Mandela as well as a music performance with the central theme of peace and friendship.
     
    A photo exhibit on Mandela was set up on the side section.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian films will compete in the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, which will be held from October 10 to 24.
     
    The Iranian movie “Trapped” by Parviz Shahbazi and the documentary “Trucker and the Fox” by Arash Lahuti will compete at the festival.
     
    “Trapped” will go on screen at the World Cinema section of the festival. The film is about difficulties of a young girl who moves to Tehran for her studies.
     
    “Trucker and the Fox” chronicles the life of Mahmud Kiani Falavarjani, a documentarian who does not have any academic education and is a trucker. It will compete at the Docufest section of the gala.
     
    The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival held every fall. Founded in 1964, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Organizers of the 30th Tehran International Short Film Festival have announced a lineup of 38 Iranian and foreign films to be competing in the international documentary section of the festival, which will be running from October 14 to 28.
     
    A committee composed of Iranian cineastes Mahnaz Mazaheri, Ali-Asghar Fahimifar and Sivash Sarmadi has selected the entries for the section.
     
    “Railway Redemption” by Santiago Posada from UK, “Ancestral Delicatessen” by Gabriel Folgado from Spain, “Sound Seekers” by Suzana Dinevski from Canada, “The Postman” by Claudia Alves from Cuba, “Kito” by Maria Grazia from Italy, “No Man’s Land” by Michael Graversen from England, “Born Positive” by Carla Simon Pipo from Scotland and “25572 Buttel” by Rainer Komers from Germany are among the entries.
     
    Iranian docs include “Secret of a Statue” by Farshad Ektesabi, “The City I Know” by Ehsan Masum, “Mangroves” by Abdolaziz Qasemi, and “Taftan” by Hushang Mirzaii.
     
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    TEHRAN – A book containing comments, descriptions, analysis and notes on Japan by Iranian individuals, has recently been published by Jahan-e Ketab Publications in Tehran.

     
    Entitled “A Selection of Iranians’ Comments on Japan in the Age of Modernity”, the book has been compiled by Kamyar Abedi, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    The book is comprised of articles and notes written about Japan by Iranian individuals such as Qajar Kings Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896) and Mozaffar ad-Din Shah (1852-1907), scholars Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, and Iraj Afshar, poet Mohammad-Taqi Bahar, and politician Abdollah Mostofi.
     
    It also contains remarks and comments written by contemporary Iranian figures such Abbas Kiarostami, Mohammadreza Shafiei-Kadkani, Dariush Shayegan, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales and Nosrat Rahmani. 
     
    While there is Iranology in Japan, the author believes there is no Japanology in Iran, and this book contains studies by Iranian individuals about Japan and the process of modernity, as well as the obstacles and the achievements in this country.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A committee composed of Iranian cineastes will review 12 films to select Iran’s submission for the 2014 Oscar race in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

     
    World-renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past”, which is his first movie that was shot outside of his homeland, is on the shortlist. 
     
    “Snow on the Pines”, Peyman Moadi’s directorial debut on infidelity film, and “Needlessly and Causelessly”, Abdorreza Kahani’s drama about the confusion of an Iranian family after relocation, are also among the films.
     
    The shortlist also includes Mani Haqiqi’s “Modest Reception” and Ali Mosaffa’s “The Last Step”, which have been acclaimed in several international events.
     
    Also among the films are director Alireza Davudnejad’s “The Acting Class”, on his family members’ talent in acting, Behnam Behzadi’s “Bending the Rules”, on the conflicts between generations, Maziar Miri’s “Painting Pool”, about physically challenged parents who face a problem with their only son, and Parviz Shahbazi’s “Trapped”, on the subtleties of interpersonal power dynamics.
     
    Puran Derakhshandeh’s “Hush… Girls Don’t Scream”, about Iranian girls’ social problems, Behruz Shoeibi’s “The Vestibule”, about a woman trying to save her husband from qisas, the Islamic law of equal retaliation in punishment, Faramarz Qaribian’s film noir “The Sinners” are other films of the lineup.  
     
    The committee, which has been assigned by the Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), must select Iran’s submission for the 84th Academy Awards until October 1, which is the deadline to submit entries in the Foreign Language Film category.
     
    Iran selected “A Cube of Sugar” to represent the country at the 2013 Academy Awards.
     
    However, the film missed the event since the then culture minister, Mohammad Hosseini, boycotted the Oscars over the production of an anti-Islam video in the United States.
     
    In 2012, Farhadi’s “A Separation” won the Oscar for the Foreign Language Film. 
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A Chinese version of the Iranian children’s writer Ebrahim Hassanbeigi’s “White Crow” will be published in Hong Kong in the near future. 

     
    The book will be released by the Cotton Tree Publishing House.
     
    The book is the third volume of the Iranian children book series “One Crow, Forty Crow”, which has not been published in Iran yet.
     
    The Iranian artist Samaneh Rahbarnia is illustrating the book for children. 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists has unearthed ruins of an ancient temple in an Elymais site in the Kaleh Chendar region in southwestern Iran, the Iranian director of the team announced on Saturday.

     
    Most parts of the structure have been built with large stones without mortar in form of a broad platform like those built at Persepolis, Jafar Mehrkian told the Persian service of CHN.
     
    The structure also includes platforms made of brick, which were usually built in the ancient temples, he added.
     
    Vito Messina of the University of Turin and a number of his colleagues accompanied the team during the excavation intended to gather information about the Elymais period, about which little is known in Iranian history, he stated.
     
    According to Britannica, Elymais was an ancient Parthian vassal state located east of the lower Tigris River and usually considered part of the larger district of Susiana.
     
    It incorporated much of the area of the biblical region of Elam, approximately equivalent to the modern region of Khuzestan, Iran.
     
    Though the capital city of Susa belonged to Elymais, it seems to have been administered by a Persian satrap. The heart of the kingdom centered near the mountains of Lorestan near modern Behbehan and Izeh, where the local dynasty left rock reliefs and inscriptions in a form of Aramaic. 
     
    The dynasty seems to have been founded by Kamnaskires, known from coins dated 81 BC. The kingdom, though seldom mentioned, survived until its extinction by the Sassanid king Ardashir I (reigned 224–241 CE).
     
    The Iranian-Italian team dug six trenches at the site located near the village of Shami, Mehrkian said.
     
    “A structure entirely built from rectangular bricks was uncovered in the third trench… A member of the team says that it was an altar or a small platform for worship,” he added.
     
    The first trench was dug in a spot that had first been excavated by Polish-born British archaeologist A. Stein about 77 years ago during his project “Old Routes of Western Iran”. The life-size bronze figure of a Parthian prince, which is on display at the National Museum of Iran, is surmised to have been discovered at this site.
     
    In the sixth trench, the archaeologists have discovered an ancient family grave which was used by members of a family for about one hundred years during the period. 
     
    “This tomb represents a style of burial. It is a small rectangular room with a stone structure,” Mehrkian stated.
     
    This season of excavation was carried out based on a five-year agreement between Iran and Italy under the auspices of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research and the Archaeological Excavations and Research Center of Turin.
     
    Illegal excavations by artifact smugglers are currently threatening the site.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of photos displaying views of the holy shrines of the Shia Imams in Iraq opened during a ceremony at Tehran’s Bahman Cultural Center on Sunday.
     
    Photographer Mohammad Khoshru, Iran’s Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, Tehran City Council Chairman Ahmad Masjed-Jamei and several cultural officials attended the opening ceremony of the showcase entitled “Prostration of Sages”.
     
    The exhibit, which runs until November 21, features 36 photos focus on architecture, entrance doors and public places of the shrines of Imam Ali (AS) in Najaf, Imam Hussein (AS) in Karbala, Imam Musa al-Kadhim (AS) and Imam Muhammad Taqi (AS) in Kadhimiya.
     
    “The shrines and holy places are the symbols of Muslims’ ideology and their devotion to the household of Prophet (S),” Moradkhani said during the ceremony.
     
    Masjed-Jamei also addressed the audience at the ceremony.
     
    “This exhibit displays different forms of Iranian art including mirror-encrusted and tile works in these holy shrines,” he stated.
     
    He said that holding such an exhibition enhances the appreciation visitors have for religious arts.
     
    “I have taken the photos during my trips to Iraq from 2009 until 2011,” Khoshru said.
     
    He added that the showcase features photos of the first zarih (outer sarcophagus enclosure) for the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS), which dated back to the Buyid dynasty (in 10th and 11th centuries) to the present zarih that was designed by the prominent Iranian miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian and installed in 2012.
     
    The exhibition has been organized to commemorate the the mourning season of the lunar month of Muharram, in which Imam Hussein (AS) arose to struggle against the Umayyad ruler Yazid’s oppression in 680 CE.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian movie “Bright Day” will be competing in the 28th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which will be held in Argentina from November 16 to 24.
     
    Directed by Hossein Shahabi, the film will be contending for the Golden Astor and Silver Astor awards in the international competition section of the festival.
     
    The film is about Roshan, a teacher in a kindergarten. She intends to save the life of the father of one of her students, who has been accused of unintentional homicide. 
     
    The festival is being organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), and is accredited by the Fédération International des Associations des Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).
     
    The goal of the Festival, given its international nature, is to show a substantial and assorted number of foreign feature films and to welcome their corresponding delegates, thus contributing to the development of culture and the international film industry and its promotion in Latin America. 
     
     
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    Iran’s two-time Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo Hadi Saei has joined a movie project to play the role of a commander of a naval commando unit in a battle, which is set in during the early days of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    “Persian Gulf Pearls” is being directed by Hossein Qasemi-Jami on location at the Caspian Sea near the Bandar Anzali, some Persian media announced last week.
     
    “I had repeatedly been offered proposals to play in movies and I kept on rejecting all them,” Saei told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    “But, ‘Persian Gulf Pearls’ is based on a real life drama, so I accepted the offer to appear in the film,” he added. 
     
    The film focuses on the key role the Iranian Navy played in the early days of the Iran-Iraq war.
     
    Saei plays the role of Hadi, the commander of the naval commando unit on the Joshan, an Iranian Combattante II Kaman-class fast attack craft. 
       
    The Joshan and two Iranian frigates Sahand and Sabalan were sunk during Operation Praying Mantis, which was carried out on April 18, 1988 by U.S. naval forces within Iranian territorial waters in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf during the Iran–Iraq war and the subsequent damage to an American warship.
     
    Amin Hayaii and Afsaneh Bayegan are other main members of the cast for the film, which is being produced by the Foundation of Martyrs and Veteran Affairs.
    Saei won a bronze and two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He was elected as a member of the Tehran City Council in the 2006 local elections and was reelected in 2013.
     
     
    MMS/YAW
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  • 11/11/13--07:52: The valorous intercessor
  • Last night in a dream, 
    I was left out on a limb, 
    Empty of power and gold,
    In a grave, murk and cold! 
     
    There was no light,
    It was a dark night, 
    I was thirsty,
    It was nasty,
    Stone was my pillow,
    The place was narrow,
    I had lost my head, 
    Was filled with dread, 
    No one for aid,
    No child, no mate,
    Could hear me there,
    So hard to bear,
    Just read Quran,
    Left me alone!
     
    I was filled with dread,
    Terrible! I was dead! 
    Dead, and dead,
    Was it the end?!! 
     
    No…
     
    Two angels come in, 
    And start asking:
    “What’s the name of you? 
    Who has created you?
    Thou, the sinner, hey!
    Tell us your gods’ names?
    Account for your deeds,
    Good, evil indeed?”
     
    When I reflected on, 
    Whatever I had done, 
    I realized, 
    I was not wise; 
    Deeply regretted doing not well,
    I was on the way to the Hell!
    With heavy chains around my hands and legs,
    I arrived at the door of the blaze!
     
    But, all of a sudden, 
    When sky was sullen, 
    Almighty opened the door, 
    God’ mercy took the floor, 
    And a man came in, 
    Hard to believe in,
    He was glittery, 
    Full of bravery,
    His face was light, 
    His brow, so bright,
    His hair, a river of passion, 
    His heart was verve with compassion,
    His dress shining in a green,
    I’ve never ever seen,
    Carpets of wings spread for him,
    Angels bowed their heads to him, 
    Men of Heaven followed him,
    Respecting him, like a dean!
    And all whispering, 
    ……
     
    “Come on, see?
    Who is he?
    Fatima (SA)’s Hussein (AS)! Nay, 
    Best on the Judgment Day,
    Is here for intercession, 
    To reply to a true affection!”
     
    Coming to me,
    Smiled on me,
    I was ashamed, 
    He saw the chains,
    He told the men,
    To free the man,
    “Give him shelter, 
    My true lover,
    His mom gave to him birth,
    Smelling my name on her breath,
    He knows me well, 
    Ashura as well, 
    The day’s message,
    And its’ passage, 
    He has censured all oppression,
    Imposed on me with aggression, 
    Care for the oppressed flowed through him,
    Ashura’s addresses are well known to him,
    He will live in Heaven,
    Neighboring me, then,
    Whoever is with us,
    Will live in paradise!
     
    SN/HG
     

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    TEHRAN – Director Puran Derakhshandeh’s movie “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream” has been crowned best film at the 4th London Iranian Film Festival.
     
    The film is about a young girl named Shirin who is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime is rooted in her nightmarish childhood.
     
    The best animation award went to “Sublimation” by Shakiba Shabani.
     
    “Here Is Iran” by Vahid Navidian won the best documentary award of the event. The Best Short Film Award of the festival went to “The Soldier and the Juggler” by Abolfazl Golfam.
     
    The London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK. The festival aims to produce the best and most diverse Iranian film program in the country, and to attract as many people as possible to view Iranian cinema.
     
    The event was sponsored by IMVBox, a brand new online distribution platform offering free and subscription content streaming over the internet.
     
    The London Iranian Film Festival took place from November 1 to 9.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed movie “The Past” has received two awards at the Tubingen-Stuttgart International French-language Film Festival, which ran from October 30 to November 6 in Germany.
     
    The French-language film “The Past”, which is Farhadi’s first project done outside of his homeland, received the Tubingen Audience Prize and the Distribution Aid Prize.
     
    The Distribution Prize is given to a French production and guarantees the presence of numerous buyers.
     
    “The Past” is about an Iranian man named Ahmad who returns to Paris from Tehran after a four-year separation, upon his French wife Marie’s request, in order to finalize their divorce.
     
    The film brought its French star Berenice Bejo the Palme d’Or for best actress at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian writer Hossein Fattahi has said that “The Fateful Day”, Bahram Beizaii’s play on the tragedy of Ashura, is matchless compared to other works written in this genre about this event.
     
    “‘The Fateful Day’ is the best and most artistic work ever written about Ashura,” he told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    “Neither in adults’ literature nor in children’s books, there is no work comparable with ‘The Fateful Day’,” he added.
     
    Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, is the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.
     
    “Beizaii has written the work in an absolutely artistic style and it is sad that no perfect work like ‘The Fateful Day’ has been written about this event for years,” said Fattahi, who is the writer of “The story of Imam Hussein (AS) for Students in Primary Schools”.
     
    He said that Iranian writers have not been able fully to exploit the great potential of the event for dramatic arts. 
     
    “The Fateful Day” tells of how Abdollah, a young man who has recently embraced Islam, repeatedly asks for the hand of Raheleh in marriage but is continually turned down by the girl’s father. Finally Raheleh’s father consents to the marriage. 
     
    During the wedding ceremony, news of the martyrdom Muslim ibn Aqil, an envoy of Imam Hussein (AS), reaches them before Ashura. 
     
    While the relatives of the bride and groom are discussing the marriage terms, Abdollah receives a divine call for help. After a moment of hesitation, Abdollah rises and sets out for the place to which he has been summoned. However, he reaches Karbala on Ashura afternoon, when the Imam and all his companions have been martyred. He receives a call again, asking him to return and tell the people whatever he has seen.
     
    Director Shahram Asadi made a film adaptation of “The Fateful Day” in 1995. Veteran Iranian actor Ezzatollah Entezami said that the movie is the most influential religious movie ever made in Iran.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The celebrated Iranian novelist Mahmud Dowlatabadi won Switzerland’s 2013 Jan Michalski Prize for his poignant novel “The Colonel” on Wednesday.

     
    The book, which was published by Haus in Germany in 2009, is a powerful novel about the life of an Iranian colonel who recalls his memories of families and friends in solitude. 
     
    The Bulgarian-German writer Ilija Trojanow, who was also among the members of the jury, described Dowlatabadi as “the greatest living prose author of Iran.” 
     
    Commenting on the novel, he said, “Rarely have violence and power been portrayed with such unsparing vehemence”. 
     
    “‘The Colonel’ is a page-turning panorama of Iranian mental anguish, producing visions and nightmares like dark exotic blossoms,” the Swiss book critic Angela Schader wrote in the Swiss German-language daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
     
    The Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Ecriture et la Littérature was created in 2004 at the initiative of Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in memory of her husband Jan Michalski. 
     
    The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is awarded each year by the Foundation to crown a work of world literature. An original feature of the Prize is its multicultural nature. 
     
    Serge Gruzinski’s “L’Aigle et le Dragon: Démesure européenne et mondialisation au XVIe siècle” from France and Steve Sem-Sandberg’s “The Emperor of Lies” from Sweden were two other finalists.
     
    The three authors are invited for a three-month period of residence in the Maison de l’Ecriture of the foundation.
     
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    TEHRAN – A teahouse painting depicting the tragedy of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) in Karbala on Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, was unveiled at Tehran’s Shafaq Cultural Center last week.

     
    The painting entitled “Oppression of Imam Hussein (AS)” has recently been completed by Mansur Vafaii, one of the last few living masters of Iranian teahouse painting. 
     
    A collection of his works is currently on display along with the painting in an exhibit at the center, Persian news agencies reported on Friday.
     
    Vafaii spent eight months drawing the 2x4-meter painting
     
    “On the top left of the artwork, I have painted 40 angels who are crying over the loss of their Imam. They had descended to help Imam Hussein (AS) on the evening of Ashura with the swords in their hands, but Imam (AS) refused to let them fight,” Vafaii elaborated on his painting.
     
    Other scenes reflect the events leading to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), he said, adding, “The right bottom of the painting shows Hazrat Zainab (SA), the daughter of Imam Ali (AS) who was beside his brother Imam Hussein (AS) during the Ashura events when Imam Hussein (AS) was martyred.”
     
    The scene depicts Hazrat Zainab (SA) delivering an outstanding speech at the court of Yazid, the son of Muawiyah, the founder of the Umayyad dynasty of caliphs, after they were taken to Damascus as captives, he added.
     
    The exhibition, which opened at the Shafaq Cultural Center on November 11, will later be shown at the central building of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) beginning on November 19.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of “The Orange Tree” by Carlos Fuentes is ready for publication.
     
    Ali-Akbar Fallahi has translated the book, which will be released by Qoqnus Publications in the near future.
     
    The book includes five novellas, which explore the theme of cultural conflict in Fuentes’ homeland Mexico.
     
    The orange tree forms a common element in all these stories. The orange, more cipher than symbol, variously reflects in its burnished glow in the sun, the Earth, fertility, civilization, the mixing of races, and the cycles of time.
     
    “In The Orange Tree,” Fuentes remarked in one of his interviews, “I gather together not only all my most immediate sensual pleasures -- I see, touch, peel, bite, swallow -- but also the most primordial sensations: my mother, wet nurses, the sphere, the world.” 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s “Bald Pigeon Fancier” has been nominated for the International Golden Panda Award for Animation at the Sichuan TV Festival, which will be running from November 16 to 18 in Chengdu, China.
     
    Directed by Sadeq Javadi, the eight-minute animation will be contending for the prize in the category of the special jury award, organizers announced. 
     
    The animation is a production of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
     
    Fifty entries from 20 countries have been nominated for a Golden Panda Animation Award in different categories including best director, best screenplay, best animated character and best visual effects this year.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of paintings by a group of international Stuckists opened at Tehran’s Dey Gallery on Friday.

     
    The artists are from Iran, the United States, Britain, Turkey, Spain, South Africa and Pakistan, the gallery announced on Saturday.
     
    Stuckism is an international art movement founded by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson in 1999 to promote figurative painting in opposition to conceptual art.
     
    Works by British artists Ella Guru, Bill Lewis, Sexton Ming, Charles Thomson and Chris Yates Stuckist have been showcased at the exhibit entitled “International Stuckists: Painters out of Order”.
     
    The exhibition also displays works by Floyd Alsbach and Terry Marks from U.S., Sheherbano Husain from Pakistan, Kari Seid from South Africa, Artista Eli from Spain and Michael Dickinson from Turkey
     
    Aidin Chali, Shiva Eini, Puya Haqqani, Hamid Hemayatian, Puria Hezaveh, Arshia Moghaddam and Farsam Sangini are the Iranian members of the group.
     
    The exhibit runs until November 25 at the gallery, which can be found at 130 Atefi St. off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Behnam Behzadi’s acclaimed movie “Bending the Rules” has been honored with one of the two special jury awards at the 62nd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH) in Germany.

     
    Behzadi attended the closing ceremony of the event on November 10 to receive the prize, organizers announced.
     
    The other special jury award went to “Before Snowfall”, a joint production of Norway, Germany and Iraq by director Hisham Zaman.
     
    “Molasses”, a joint production of Cuba, France and Panama by director Carlos Lechuga, won the main award of festival, which is presented in the Newcomer of the Year section.
     
    “Bending the Rules” tells the story of an enthusiastic amateur theatrical group that receives an opportunity to perform abroad, which is a great success. Shahrazad, a desperate girl, joins the group and takes the leading role in a play. She decides, unlike her other fellow actors, to tell the truth to her father who is against this trip. The group is now faced with a dilemma: replace her or….
     
    The film won the special jury prize at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival in October.
     
    In February, it was presented with the Crystal Simorgh for best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
     
    Behzadi, who is also the writer of the screenplay for the film, won the Crystal Simorgh for best script in the national competition of the festival.
     
    MMS/YAW
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