"Half Moon," a joint production of Iran, Iraq, Austria, and France, was selected to represent Iraqi cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.
Starring Iranian superstar Hedyeh Tehrani and Golshifteh Farahani along with a number of local people, "Half Moon" is about Mamo, a renowned and admired Kurdish musician who travels to Iraq's Kurdistan along with ten of his sons to perform a concert. Their trip is possible only now because Saddam Hussein's dictatorship has ended - such a concert was forbidden under his rule, an MNA report said.
The film won acclaim at several international events including the International Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan, the Indielisboa Independent Film Festival in Portugal and the Tribeca Film Festival in the US
In addition, it won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, in Spain. The film also ranked 32 in the Spanish best-selling DVD films of 2007.
Qobadi, 38, is the founder of MijFilm, a company which aims at supporting Kurdish filmmakers. He made his debut film "A Time for Drunken Horses" in 2000, which received the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His "Turtles Can Fly" represented Iranian cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the Annual Academy Awards in 2005. This movie also won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the San Sebastian film festival in 2004.