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French filmfest honors Iran’s ‘Beloved’

The Autrans festival in France awards Iranian doc ‘Beloved’.

The 2019 Autrans international Mountain filmfest in France has awarded Iranian documentary ‘Beloved’.

Directed by Yasser Talebi, the acclaimed documentary received the grand prix at the French event.

The documentary is about the difficult but favorable life of an 83-year-old mother named Firouzeh who runs a unique life in the Alborz Mountains in north Iran.

Firouzeh hikes across the rugged landscape carrying bundles of wood. When she was a young girl, a marriage was arranged for her with an older man, with whom she had 11 children. Now, none of her children come to visit her and her attempts to get closer to them remain futile.

The 63-minute documentary has attended many global events, including the 2018 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the 16th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in the US, the 69th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, the 37th Fajr Film Festival in Iran, the 38th International Istanbul Film Festival in Turkey, the 16th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival in Armenia, the 16th EBS International Documentary Festival in South Korea, the 8th Persian Film Festival in Australia, the 64th Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, the 22nd Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, the 2019 Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria, and the 67th Trento International Film Festival in Italy where it won the jury special mention and a UNESCO honorable mention.

Most recently it received the best feature documentary award and a diploma at the 15th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan, a special mention at the 25th Shanghai TV Festival in China, nomination at the 33rd Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival in Estonia, Special Prize at the Kranjska Gora International Film Festival in Slovenia, and NETPAC Award at the 2019 Ulju Mountain Film Festival in South Korea

‘Beloved’ has also taken the first place among the top five mid-length films selected by the Canadian audience at the 26th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, received the best photography award and the High School Students Award at the Journey Section of The 14th Sole Luna Doc Film Festival in Italy, won the Significant Film of the Week mention at the China International Green Film Week, and grabbed the Best Film about Mountain Culture award at the 37th Torello's International Festival of Mountain and Adventure Films in Spain.

The Autrans international mountain film festival is an event dedicated to mountain cinematography and culture. It’s a major festival in a beautiful place, the Vercors Mountains, near to Grenoble city and presents all kind of films, books, outdoor experiences, professional meetings, and exhibitions.

The 2019 edition of the Autrans was held on December 4-8, 2019 in France.

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