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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins at Venice film festival

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad at Venice film festival

Leading Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has garnered award at the 71st International Venice Film Festival in Italy.

Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido.

The film contended for the Golden Lion Award with some 20 other productions at the Main section of the festival.

Tales is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-VeiledUnder the Skin of the City and Mainline.

The film along with 18 other participants of the Main section experienced their international premiere at this year’s edition of the event.

Best-known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

“The characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day,” she had earlier stated.

Swedish director Roy Anderssons comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the Golden Lion award for the best film at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

The movie was hailed by critics for its moving exploration of what it means to be human.

Andersson told the audience he had been inspired by Italian director Vittorio De Sicas 1948 film Bicycle Thieves.

Another Iranian film maker Nima Javidi’s debut feature-length film Melbourne received critical acclaim at the festival. The film opened Critics’ Week section of the event.

French film composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the international jury at this years Venice Film Festival.

The 71st annual Venice Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy from August 27 to September 6, 2014.

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