“Dressage”, “Return” win awards at Dhaka film festival

January 19, 2019

TEHRAN – Two Iranian films won awards at the 17th edition of the Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh, the organizers announced on Friday.

Puya Badkubeh was named best director for acclaimed movie “Dressage”, while “Return” by Shahriar Purseyyedan won the award for best short spiritual film. 

“Dressage” tells the story of Golsa and her friends who rob a corner shop. But while evaluating the booty, they are dismayed to realize that they forgot to take the security camera footage. One of them must return to the crime scene and retrieve it. The vote falls on Golsa, who bravely completes the mission. Her friends’ behavior makes her think, and she hides the hard drive somewhere in secret. But her accomplices and their well-to-do families, worried about their social standing, put more and more pressure on Golsa.

“Return” is about Rahim, a man who after 23 years in prison returns to his hometown to meet his brother.

“The Song of the Tree” by Aibek Daiyrbekov from Kyrgyzstan received the best film award in the Asian film competition and “Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence” by Dar Gai from India was picked as best film in the spiritual film section.

A lineup of 29 Iranian feature and short films went on screen in various sections of the 17th Dhaka International Film Festival, which was held from January 10 to 18.

Photo: A scene from “Dressage” by Puya Badkubeh.

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