News ID: 251953
Published: 0319 GMT April 26, 2019

Iran’s debutante Niasati wins Best Actress award in Russia

Iran’s debutante Niasati wins Best Actress award in Russia

Soha Niasati from Iran received the Best Actress award from the 41st Moscow International Film Festival in Russia for her debut role in ‘My Second Year in College’, directed by Rasoul Sadrameli.

This is while Finnish actor Tommi Korpela, the star of Aleksi Salmenpera’s ‘Void’, took home the Best Actor prize, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“Niasati playing Mahtab and Ava are college sophomores, who go on a days-long trip from Tehran to Isfahan, along with a number of their classmates,” the film’s plot summary reads.

The cast of the movie includes Ali Mosaffa, Vishka Asayesh, Babak Hamidian, Shaqayeq Farahani and Maryam Boubani.

‘The Secret of a Leader’ by Kazakh director Farhat Sharipov was awarded the Best Film prize, the Golden St. George.

The film is focused on the story of Kanat, a mid-level bank employee in his early forties who still lives with his mother. An unexpected encounter with Kanat’s longtime friend Daniyar leads to a moral U-turn, and his life takes a plunge into the dark.

The Special Jury prize, the Silver St. George, went to the Chinese film ‘In Search of Echo’, directed by Zhang Chi.

The Best Director's Silver St. George was awarded to Italy’s Valerio Mastandrea, the helmer of ‘Ride’.

Korean director Kim Ki-duk, who was chairman of the jury, received the fest's lifetime achievement award, and Ralph Fiennes was presented the Stanislavsky acting prize.

This just-concluded festival was the second edition to be held in late April, having moved from its normal June slot last year due to the World Cup soccer competition and remaining there this year.

The Russian cinematic event is compared in importance to its other European equivalents such as Cannes and Berlin film festivals.

The festival was held from April 18 to 25 at the Russian capital.

 

 

   
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