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14:22 | 2009-02-16


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Iranian Farhadi Wins Berlinale's Silver Bear for "About Elly"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Asghar Farhadi brought home Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for best director.

The festival's jury granted the prize to the Iranian director for his internationally-acclaimed "About Elly". The Iranian film was interested by cinema critics as it was first showcased in the event and it has also received 27th Fajr International Film Festival's prize for best director last week.

"I have not prepared any text to read from before and I say what is in my heart, I thank God and I know if He did not helped me, I would not stand here now, I praise my compatriots and the Iranian culture about which you have not a clear picture," he said after receiving the prize.

He also appreciated Berlin Film Festival, people of Berlin and the group worked with him for the film's production, the Iranian students news agency reported.

Also on the sidelines of closing ceremony he told reporters that the film was selected as the best one in Fajr Festival and "it makes me so satisfied that my compatriots and Berlin Film Festival's jury share the same view on the film."

The film tells the story of an Iranian man who returns home after years living in Germany and wants to marry an Iranian woman.

"Lifeless Nature" by Sohrab Shahid Sales was the Iranian film received Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear in 1974, Parviz Kimiavi won the prize in 1976 for "The Old Man and His Stone Garden", Jafar Panahi in 2006 for his "Offside" and Reza Naji for best actor in "Song of Sparrows" in 2008.