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Hungarian award goes to ‘Tehran: City of Love’

The 16th CineFest Miskolc Int’l Film Festival in Hungary awards ‘Tehran: City of Love’.

The 16th edition of the CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival in Hungary has awarded ‘Tehran: City of Love’.

Directed by Iranian filmmaker Ali Jaber-Ansari, ‘Tehran: City of Love’ won the International Ecumenical Jury Prize of the Hungarian event.

“Director Ali Jaber-Ansari perfectly captures the realness of everyday life, the humor in small moments and genuine emotions of disappointment and hope. The jury also awards the poetical film language, the mosaic structure, the minimalistic, suggestive acting, and also the universal, interreligious message,” the CineFest website wrote praising the film.

The 102-minute film follows the stories of Mina, who is unhappy about her weight, Hessam, a retired bodybuilder who trains older men, and Vahid, who sings at funerals and weddings.

It depicts the three lonely people who are in search of warmth and connection in the metropolitan of Tehran.

‘Tehran: City of Love’ won the Young Jury Award at the 23rd Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The film also brought Iranian actress Forough Qajabagli the Best Actress award at the 9th Beijing International Film Festival in China.

It also went on screen at some other global events, including the 37th Munich International Film Festival in Germany.

The 2019 edition of the CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival was held on September 13-21 in the Hungarian city of Miskolc.