‘The Lost Strait’ directed by Bahram Tavakkoli has won six Crystal Simorgh awards at the 36th Fajr International Film Festival that wrapped up in Tehran on Sunday.
The movie received several Crystal Simorgh awards in different categories including a Crystal Simorgh for Best Special Effects, one for Best Make-up, one for Best Sound Recording, one for Best Actor in a Leading Role, another for Best Director and a Crystal Simorgh for Best Film.
The story of ‘The Lost Strait’ (Abu Ghuraib Strait) is set in the last days of the Iraqi imposed war just before Iran accepted UN Resolution 598, which ended the war on July 20, 1988.
Starring Javad Ezzati, Amir Jadidi, Mehdi Pakdel, Ali Soleimani, Mehdi Qorbani and Hamid-Reza Azarang, the film depicts how Iran’s Ammar battalion battled against the Iraqi forces in an unequal encounter in the Abu Ghuraib Strait near Dehloran in Iran’s Ilam Province.
Iranian forces were busy in the war in different regions and front lines. Ammar soldiers had been granted some days off to return home, but were dispatched to the strait after they got informed that Iraqi forces were advancing to Fakkeh and Sharhani regions in Khuzestan and Ilam provinces.
During the ten days of the festival, the flick was highly admired by a group of renowned Iranian cineastes such as Majid Majidi, and Fatemeh Motamed-Arya.