“Melbourne” wins top prizes at Polish festival

September 29, 2015

TEHRAN – Iranian filmmaker Nima Javidi’s acclaimed social drama “Melbourne” has won best film and audience awards at the 5th Ars Independent Festival in Poland.

A jury composed of Lukasz Barczyk, Amélie van Elmbt and Lukasz Maciejewsk presented the Black Horse for best film and a cash prize to the movie for its precise storytelling, creating a multidimensional story, and for engaging the viewer in insuperable moral dilemmas without needless moralizing and false answers.

“Melbourne” is about a young couple, Amir and Sara, who plan to leave Tehran to try a new life in the Australian coastal city of Melbourne. However, a tragic event puts their plan at risk.

The Black Horse for best animation went to Marcin Podolec’s “Document”, which harmoniously combines pictures with text and precise visual metaphors.

The Black Horse for best video game was awarded to Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach for “Plug & Play”.

The Ars Independent Festival was held in the Polish city of Katowice from September 22 to 27.

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