(Persia Digest) - Sudabeh Mortezai has won the Best Film Award for “Joy” at the BFI Official Competition in London. This is an Austrian film production.

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival has wrapped up by giving its Best Film Award to Austrian production “Joy” directed by Sudabeh Mortezai.

The synopsis is about African girls who are transported to Austria for sex trafficking. The movie is about a young girl called Joy who is forced into prostitution to pay off debts and support her family.

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Head of the London Film Festival Jury, Lenny Abrahamson, said “Joy” looks at human trafficking from a totally feminist angle throughout the movie. He described it as a “vital, beautifully made film”. “’Joy’ is a provocative and unique film offering a devastating portrait of human resilience in the most inhuman of environments the jurors recommend for everyone to watch,” he added.

“Joy” is Iranian-Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s second film. Her first movie was “Macondo” which won an award at the Viennale in 2015. Macondo is about Chechenyan refugees living in Vienna.

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“The Broker” by Azadi Moghaddam in the BFI Love collection, “Tehran, City of Love” by Ali Jaberansari, a joint Iranian,British, Indian film, and “Border" directed by Iranian-Swedish filmmaker Ali Abbasi were also screened at the Festival.

The 62nd BFI Film Festival was held in London 10-21 October 2018.

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