Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:44PM
Iranian filmmaker Negar Azarbaijani's acclaimed movie Facing Mirrors has scooped top award at the 2013 Identities Queer Film Festival in Austria. Facing Mirrors picked up the Audience Award of this year’s festival held in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Produced by Fereshte Taerpour, the movie weaves together the lives of two women with different social and cultural backgrounds. Azarbaijani's first directorial debut has been lauded at many international festivals as the film garnered numerous awards. The film won the prize at the 2nd edition of Iranian Film Festival Australia held in five cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney on October, 2012. One of the Australian festival directors, Anne Démy-Geroe, dedicated the award during a ceremony recently held in Tehran. Azarbaijani's well-praised movie was also hailed at the 8th edition of Syracuse International Film Festival held in the United States. The movie received the Best Feature-length movie Award at the 2012 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival as well as the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2012 International Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Seattle. The movie also opened the 9th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival in India held in March, 2013. Facing Mirrors is also slated to be screened at one of the Spanish Universities in next month and will be presented in the Iranian film festivals in Sweden in October. This year’s International Queer Film Festival in Vienna was held from June 6 to 16, 2013. FGP/FGP