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News number: 8802220520

12:48 | 2009-05-12

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Seattle to Screen Award-Winning Iranian films

TEHRAN (FNA)- The 35th edition of the Seattle International Film Festival is set to screen feature-length films by award-winning Iranian filmmakers.



Asghar Farhadi's About Elli will participate in the festival's Contemporary World Cinema section and Ramtin Lavvafipour's Calm Down and Count to Seven will be part of the event's New Directors Showcase program.

About Elli, which presents a dramatic depiction of love by highlighting the relations between Iranian men and women, won Farhadi the 59th Berlinale's Silver Bear award for best director.

The two-hour drama also received the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature at New York's 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival, press tv reported.

Calm Down and Count to Seven is also among the successful Iranian films which has received the VPRO Tiger Award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ecumenical Award of Fribourg international festival in Switzerland.

Lavvafipour's 2008 production is admired for its style of documentary realism and dynamic camera work that reflect the changes in a south Iranian fishing village as it moves from a traditional way of life toward becoming a consumer society.

The 2009 Seattle International Film Festival, to be held from May 21 to June 14, will also screen Chapour Haqiqat's Firm Land and Khosrow Masoumi's Wind Blows in the Meadow in its Contemporary World Cinema section.