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“The Queen” leads nominations at Iran Cinema Celebration
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Hamid Azarang (L) and Milad Keymaram act in a scene from “The Queen”.
Hamid Azarang (L) and Milad Keymaram act in a scene from “The Queen”.
TEHRAN -- The acclaimed Iranian anti-war drama “The Queen” won 11 nominations at the 16th Iran Cinema Celebration while “Modest Reception” is in the running in seven categories.
 
“The Queen”, starring Mostafa Zamani and Milad Keymaram, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best director for Mohammad-Ali Basheh-Ahangar, best actor for Keymaram, best visual effects and best cinematographer.
 
The story of “The Queen” is set in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. An Iranian soldier hides in the Abadan Oil Refinery to reconnoiter the Iraqi forces.
 
The film won the best director award at the Iranian Film Critics and Screenwriters Guild Celebration for Bashe-Ahangar in January 2013.
 
It also received 14 nominations in various categories at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February 2012. However it did not win any awards.
 
Certain people criticized the film and consider it “anti-war” due to the fact that the film challenges Iran’s official outlook on the Iran-Iraq war.
 
Actor/director Mani Haqiqi’s acclaimed drama “Modest Reception” is about a well-situated couple, Leila and Kaveh, who drive through the mountains distributing plastic bags full of money to every poor and unfortunate person they meet.
 
This film received nomination in categories including best film, best director, best actor for Haqiqi and best cinematographer.
 
Winners are scheduled to be announced during the celebration, which will be held with a two-year hiatus in Tehran on September 11.
 
The Iranian House Cinema (IHC) is the organizer of the celebration, which is held every year to commemorate Iran’s National Day of Cinema.
 
The celebration was not held in 2012 and 2013 due to closure of the IHC by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
 
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