(Persia Digest) –Jafar Panahi’s “Three faces” has won Best Picture award at the Antalya Film Festival.

At the closing ceremony of the 55th Antalya Film Festival on Friday, “Three faces” won the best film award and a cash prize of Liras 1MM. The winners are actors Mastaneh Mohajer, Amin Jafari, Behnaz Jafari, Marzieh Rezaei, and Solmaz Panahi who received the award on Panahi’s behalf.

The Douglas Sirk award has also gone to Jafar Panahi in Hamburg, Germany, for his achievements in cinema. This is given to cinematographers with great accomplishments in this field. Jafar Panahi’s “Three faces” was screened before the award was given.

Previous winners of the award include Jim Jarmusch, Wun Caraway, Kim Ki-duk, Catherine Deneuve, Wayne Wanders, Fatih Akin… Majid Majidi from Iran also won the award in 2001.

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Persia Digest (PD) reports that Panahi began work in the cinema as assistant to the late Abas Kiarostami. His movies are often defined as neorealist, with a critical view of social hardships in Iran, hence imposing screening restrictions on his works.

He has already won the Golden Bear award for “Taxi” at the Berlinale, and the Caméra d'Or award for the “White Balloon” in Cannes. Panahi also won the Golden Lion Award for the “Circle” at the Venice Film Festival, and the Silver Bear for “Offside” at the Berlinale.

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Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking during the 2009 presidential elections and pursuant unrest in Iran. He has continued his filmmaking in recent years.

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