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Berenice Bejo wins at 2014 Palm Springs Filmfest


Argentine-French actress Berenice Bejo has received top prize at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for her turn in Iranian director Asghar Farhadis drama The Past.

Bejo took the Best Actress Award at this year’s Palm Springs film festival, while the festival’s Best Actor Award went to Mads Mikkelsen for his role in Denmark’s film The Hunt.

The French-Language drama,The Past (Le Passé)   depicts the story of an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. When he comes back to Paris upon his wifes request for a divorce encounters with a complicated situation of the family there.

Farhadi’s immigrant romantic drama is his sixth directorial experience and first one in a foreign country that was shot in the French capital, Paris.

The Past has scooped numerous awards so far such as two prizes at the 66th Cannes film festival including the Best Actress award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (prix du Jury œcuménique).

Farhadi was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.

His 2011 family drama A Separation also became a sensation and received rave reviews from numerous international film events and festivals.

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award in 2012.

Established in 1989, Palm Springs International Film Festival is held annually in January.

The 25th edition of the festival kicked off on January 3 and will come to an end on January13, 2014.



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