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“Bear” gets nod for Iranian premiere
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Merila Zarei (front) and Farhad Aslani act in a scene from “Bear”.
Merila Zarei (front) and Farhad Aslani act in a scene from “Bear”.
TEHRAN -- The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has given the nod for the premiere in Iranian movie theaters of the film “Bear”, the acclaimed controversial drama about certain family problems in the aftermath of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
“I am delighted the film was authorized to be screened in Iran,” producer Javad Noruzbeigi said in a press release on Wednesday.
Noruzbeigi added that, the film never had any problem that led it to be banned and said that his film was a victim of the stubbornness of Alireza Sajjadpur, the former director of the Supervision and Evaluation Office of the Culture Ministry.
Directed by Khosro Masumi, the film is about Nureddin, who after having been missing in action during the Iran-Iraq war, returns home eight years later only to find his wife remarried and the mother of two children. Nureddin struggles to fight reality.
The Culture Ministry during former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration had refused to authorize “Bear” to premiere even after the producer made some modifications to the film.
“Bear” won a Golden Goblet for best feature at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2012.
It also received nominations in categories of best director and best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in October 2012.

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