“LOLA” Wins Best Film at Iran’s 29th Fajr International Film Festival

THE Filipino movie “Lola” won the Crystal Simorgh Award for Best Film in the 29th Fajr International Festival Awards Night held at the Milad Tower in Tehran on February 08, the Philippine embassy in Tehran reported to the  Department of Foreign Affairs.

The main casts, Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio, also won and tied for the Best Performance in the International Competition.

Directed by Cannes awardee Brillante Mendoza, “Lola” was among the 13 foreign films which had competed for the title.

Other foreign film entries are Cosmos (Turkey and Bulgaria), Honey (Turkey and Germany), The Arbor (UK), The Judge (China), Medal of Honor (Germany and Romania), How I Ended this Summer (Russia), Haru’s Journey (Japan), Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man (Romania), Blades of Blood (South Korea), Bibinur Story (Russia, Tataristan), The Blacks (Croatia) and Son of Babylon (Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, Palestine, Emirates, Egypt).

The film festival was held from February 05 to 15.

Cultural Attache Emelyn Cosino received the awards (three certificates and one glass plaque from the Fajr Festival) on behalf of Mr. Mendoza, Ms. Linda and Ms. Carpio during the closing ceremony, the DFA said.

After the closing ceremony and reception, the movie was screened for the audience.

Iran’s annual film festival, the Fajr International Film Festival is held every February in Tehran during the anniversary of the Iranian revolution.  Started in 1982, the festival is held under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture.-D’Jay Lazaro

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