‘The Wasteland,’ directed by Ahmad Bahrami, grabbed the FIPRESCI award handed out by the Independent Federation of Film Critics.
Nasim Ahmadpour and Shahram Mokri were named as the recipients of the Best Original Screenplay award for Mokri’s ‘Careless Crime’ at the same event.
Both films, along with Majid Majidi’s ‘Sun Children,’ are currently on screen at the competition section of the Italian event, according to ifilmtv.com.
The FIPRESCI award is often presented during film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Kerala.
The Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival and one of the “Big Five” film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.
Founded in Venice, Italy, in August 1932, the festival is part of the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s oldest exhibitions of art, created by the Venice City Council on April 19, 1893. The festival is held in late August or early September on the island of the Lido in the Venice Lagoon. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. The festival continues to be one of the world’s most popular and fastest-growing.
Source: Iran Daily