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Iranian ‘Yalda’ garners Turkey’s fest award

Iran's ‘Yalda’ garners Best Director Award at the 2020 Antalya filmfest in Turkey.

Iranian feature film ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’ has garnered the Best Director Award at the 57th edition of the Antalya Film Festival (Turkey’s Oscars).

Written and directed by Masoud Bakhshi, ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’ tells the story of Maryam Komijani, a young woman who has been sentenced to death for the murder of her husband.

On Yalda Night, an ancient cultural festive marking the longest night of the year, she has been brought to a studio to be forgiven by the victim’s only daughter, Mona Ziya, during a live TV program.

But several incidents during the program and its behind-the-scenes move the two young women into a challenging situation to make a decision.

‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’ is starring Behnaz Jafari, Faqiheh Soltani, Sadaf Asgari, Babak Karimi, Arman Darvish, Fereshteh Hosseini, and Hassan Joudaki.

The Internationally-celebrated ‘Yalda’ has gone on screen at several festivals, including the Washington DC International Film Festival in the US, the Warsaw International Film Festival in Poland, the Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada, and the Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy in Finland.

The Antalya Film Festival supports young and independent filmmakers and has been a part of the production journey of many award-winning films.

The event was held on October 3-10, 2020.

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