ID : N-718 Date : 2017/11/25 - 11:46
(Persia Digest) – The Asia Pacific 2017 awards wrapped up with a prominent presence by the Iranian cinema. The Lifetime Achievements posthumous award was given to the late Abbas Kiarostami, and the Special Jury Award was given to Navid Mohammadzadeh for starring in “No Date, No Signature”.
The Lifetime Achievements posthumous award was given to the late Abbas Kiarostami for his film “24 Frames” as previously announced. More movies from Iran had been nominated in various categories, but it only managed to take the Special Jury Award for Navid Mohammadzadeh. The Asia Pacific 2017 hosted 41 films from 21 countries in 13 categories. Iran had also been nominated for the Best Actor, Best Film, and Best Director categories, but was unable to take any awards home.
The ceremonies wrapped up in Brisbane, Australia, where Navid Mohammadzadeh was given his award with special acknowledgements. He dedicated it to the victims of the recent earthquake in western Iran.
In his speech, Mohammadzadeh said: “During a crisis, the people of Iran put their differences to one side and unite together, as they did in the recent earthquake in western Iran. As a representative of my people, I dedicate my award to the victims of this devastating earthquake – those who lost their lives, its survivors, and all the babies who will born here.”
Mohammadzadeh is also a two-time winner for the Best Actor Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival Horizons category, and Best Kurdish Actor at the Bratilsava Film Festival.