Iranian movie Rule of Accident has been awarded the Crystal Simorgh for the best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival. Behnam Behzadi, the director and producer of the family drama, received the award during the closing ceremony of the international section of the festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Monday. The movie recounts the story of a theater troupe, that wants to take part in a theater festival abroad; however, the group members face certain difficulties before their trip. Behzadi also won the prestigious award for the best director.
The Crystal Simorgh for best actor went to Oliver Litondo for his role in The First Grader, made by British director Justin Chadwick.The best actress award went to Emili Watson for Oranges and Sunshine, created by British director Jim Loach. Ukrainian director Eva Neymann also received the Special Jury Award for her second feature film, House with a Turret. China’s Zhenyun Liu won the Crystal Simorgh for the best screenwriter for Back to 1984. This year's edition of Fajr International Film Festival kicked off in Tehran on January 31 and will continue up to February 10. Iran holds the international Fajr film, theater, music, visual arts, and poetry festivals every year to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. SAB/HJL