TEHRAN.(Iranart) – Japanese drama Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda was picked as best feature film in the international section of the 7th Shahr International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Monday.
The film is about a family whose members routinely shoplift goods to cope with a life of poverty, believing that stealing things that have not been sold is fine as they don’t belong to anyone.
One night they find a girl locked out on an apartment balcony in the cold in their neighborhood. They bring her home for dinner but after finding evidence of abuse, they decide to keep her as a boy.
Andrey Zvyagintsev from Russia received the best director award for his film Loveless, and The Human Shelter by Boris Bertram from Denmark was named best documentary during the closing ceremony of the festival held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
In short film section, French directors Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter won the best director award for their animation Negative Space and Mehdi Felifel from Greece was named best director for his movie, Drowning Man.
In the national competition of the festival, Sheeple written and directed by Hooman Seyyedi scooped awards in four categories, including best film and best director.
Seyyedi also received the best screenplay award, and Navid Mohammadzadeh was picked as best actor for his role in the movie.
Jaleh Sameti received the best actress award for her role in Bearer by Bahman Kamyar.
The Sixth String by Bahram Azimi was picked as best animation while Dissect by Siavash Shahabi was named best short film.
Mahin by Mohammad-Hossein Heidari received awards for best film and best director in the documentary section.
In addition, Iranian actors Ali Nasirian, Masud Rayegan and Roya Teimurian were honored with lifetime achievement awards during the ceremony.
The organizers also paid tribute to legendary actor Jamshid Mashayekhi, who died on April 2 at the age of 85.
Over sixty films from Iran, England, Japan, Poland, France, Russia, Norway, the U.S. and several other countries went on screen in various sections of the festival, which was held with the motto of Responsible Citizen, Healthy City.
The festival is organized every year under the auspices of Tasvire Shahr Institute at the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality.