Saturday, October 02, 2004

'Turtles Can Fly' to represent Iran at Academy

IranMania News: "'Turtles Can Fly' to represent Iran at Academy

Saturday, October 02, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Oct 2 (IranMania) - Iranian director Bahman Qobadi’s latest film "Turtles Can Fly" was chosen by the Selection Board of Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation to represent the Iranian motion picture industry in the category of Best Foreign Language Films at the 77th Annual Academy Awards, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

The film tells the story of people from a village in Iraqi Kurdistan near the borders with Iran and Turkey who are desperately searching for a satellite dish in order to keep updated on the imminent U.S. attack on Iraq. Then, a wounded boy, his sister, and her child arrive from another village, indicating that the war is getting closer and closer.

A joint production by Iran and Iraq, the film won the Golden Shell for Best Picture at the 52nd Donostia San Sebastian International Film Festival, which was held last September in Spain.

Qobadi also won the Best Director Award for "Turtles Can Fly" at the 8th Celebration of Iranian Cinema, which was held on September 12 in Tehran.

He had previously won the Cannes Camera d’Or in 2000 for his "A Time for Drunken Horses", while in 2002 his "Songs of My Motherland" was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and received the Francois-Chalais Prize.

The other Iranian movies that were previously selected to compete at the prestigious cinematic event are Majid Majidi's films "Children of Heaven" in 1998 and "Baran" in 2001, Rasul Sadr-Ameli’s "I, Taraneh, Am 15" in 2003, and Parviz Shahbazi's "Deep Breath" in 2004.

The 77th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on February 27, 2005."

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