Saturday, 01 February, 2020

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

Top Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was awarded the Best Screenplay prize for her film “Tales” during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2014.

The festival jury, led by composer Alexandre Desplat, gave a screenplay prize to Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Farid Mostafavi Tehran-set “Tales,” a compilation of stories which depicts social harms in Iran.

Iranian director called the nod “an immense present to all Iranians who love cinema,” also saying that “film is the language that joins all people together.”

Bani-Etemad is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter.

Widely considered as Iran’s premier female director, her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.

She, recently, urged the West to lift sanctions on her country as she presented her film “Tales” at International Venice Film Festival, saying that ““Our children who are sick with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis are paying the direct consequences of the embargo because they cannot get the medicines they need,”

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Urges the West to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Bani-Etemad lashed out against the impact of US economic sanctions, saying the “Tales” was a realistic portrayal of life on the skids in an Iran.

The 71st annual Venice Film Festival  took place in Venice, Italy on 27 August to 6 September 2014.

Swedish director Roy Andersson won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion on Saturday for his absurdist drama “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.”

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