Peyman Maadi was picked as best director for his Iranian drama “Bomb, a Love Story” at the 6th International Bosphorus Film Festival in Istanbul, the organizers announced on Saturday.
Maadi is also the writer of the screenplay for the film, whose story is set in 1988 at the height of the Iran-Iraq war as Tehran is bombed relentlessly. The days that pass are full of foreboding, and yet love, affection, hope and life itself manage to sweep away the fear of death from those surrounded by it.
The festival also honored Iranian director Babak Jalali with the jury special award for his latest film “Land”.
“Screwdriver” by Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi received the Golden Dolphin for best film.
Kushtrim Hoxha was named best actor for his role in Ismet Sijarina’s drama, “Cold November”, a co-production between Albania and Serbia.
Valeria Bertuccelli won the award for best actress for her role in “The Queen of Fear” that she co-directed with Fabiana Tiscornia.
Iranian director/writer Parviz Shahbazi who won the award for best screenwriter at last year’s festival, was the president of the jury this year. Belçim Bilgin, Iris Ng and Marc Baschet were members of the panel.
Trailer: “Bomb, a Love Story”.
Cover photo: Peyman Maadi (L) and Leila Hatami act is a scene from “Bomb, a Love Story”.