Iranian films win awards at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne

December 16, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Iranian films “Oblivion Season” directed by Abbas Rafei and “The Last Supper” by Ali Molazadeh Farsangi have won top awards at the Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2015.

“Oblivion Season”, a drama about the new life of an ex-prostitute, won the Best Feature award for films in the budget under $250,000 category, while it also received the Best Human Rights Award.

“The Last Supper”, which is about St. Andreas Church in the southwestern Iranian province of Kerman, was crowned best documentary at the event.

“Daddy” by the U.S-based Iranian Mahmud Shulizadeh won the award for best feature in the no-budget under $25,000 category.

Moreover, “Dark Ocean”, a production of the Iranian-Australian Film Association by directors Afshin and Kurosh Tusipur, also received the Best Australian Movie Award.

“Oblivion Season” has won several international awards including the best film award at the Universal Film Festival in October. The film also brought Sareh Bayat an award for best actress.

“Oblivion Season” is about a woman who starts a new life by marrying her lover but leaving the shadow of her dark past turns out not to be as easy as it had seemed beforehand. Now she finds herself the prisoner of her lover and in order to earn her freedom she must fight with the male-dominated society.

The movie has also won awards in several categories including best film at the Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival in northeastern New Jersey in early September.

Photo: Sareh Bayat acts in a scene from “Oblivion Season”.