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Damascus festival awards Iranian film
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:35PM
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A scene from Abdolvahab's 'Please Do Not Disturb'
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Abdolvahab's Please Do Not Disturb has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival.

The 80-minute production received the Silver Award of the event, which was held from November 7 to 13 in the Syrian capital, ISNA reported.

The festival's Gold Award went to Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb's Outlaws, while the Bronze Award was granted to September Rain by Syria's Abdellatif Abdelhamid.

Please Do Not Disturb unfolds three stories dealing with moral contradiction and dilemma against a backdrop of present-day Tehran.

Abdolvahab's first feature-length production made its international debut in the 15th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Born in 1957, Mohsen Abdolvahab graduated in editing from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) film college.

He has directed more than 23 short and feature-length documentaries and his 2001 documentary Wives of Haj Abbas won the prestigious Silver Wolf award of the Amsterdam Festival.

He has closely collaborated with acclaimed female Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad on many projects such as the award-winning film Mainline.

The 18th Damascus International Film Festival screened 222 feature-length and 92 short films from 46 countries.

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