Iranian film Forushande wins top prize at Munich Film Festival

The 34th Munich Film Festival ended on Saturday with the top prize going to the family drama Forushande (The Salesman) by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

The film was awarded the 50,000-euro (56,300 dollars) prize for best international film during ceremonies capping the end of the festival's 10-day run.

Over 200 films from 62 countries were screened in what is Germany's second-most important cinema industry event after the wintertime Berlinale.

An honourable mention in the best film category was given to the French-Israeli film Rabin, The Last Day by director Amos Gitai.

The 12,000-euro CineVision Prize for the best film by a new director went French director Houda Benyamina for her debut full-length feature Divines. An honourable mention went to Bella e Perduta by Italian director Pietro Marcello.

After the prize announcements, the festival's final screening was the world premier of Captain Fantastic by US director Matt Ross.

A major highlight during the film festival were the CineMerit lifetime achievement award going to US actress Ellen Burstyn, 83. Screenings of several of her films were shown, including such classics as The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

Last update: Sat, 02/07/2016 - 22:52

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