Iranian director Hooman Seyyedi’s acclaimed movie “Sheeple” won the best film award at the 1st Iranian Film Festival New York on Tuesday.
The film is about Shahin, a loud-mouthed fellow adopted years ago, who tries to establish his authority in a family run by the iron hand of his drug lord brother.
Asghar Yusefinejad’s debut film “The Home” received the Best Artistic or Technical Achievement Award.
The movie tells the story of Sayeh, who has broken off relations with her family after marriage. Her father dies and she returns home to attend his funeral, but in his last will and testament, he has asked that his remains be donated to an academic center for autopsy. However, Sayeh is diametrically opposed to the idea.
Abbas Amini’s award-winning film “Hendi and Hormoz”, about an arranged marriage, won the special jury award.
The story of the film is set on the hematite-rich island of Hormoz where Hendi, a 13-year-old girl, is married off to Hormoz, a 16-year-old who is jobless and lives in poverty like most of the rest of the island’s inhabitants. When Hendi becomes pregnant, Hormoz turns to a drug smuggler in an effort to ensure his family’s livelihood.
Iranian veteran director Bahman Farmanara received the audience award for his latest movie “I Want to Dance”.
Fourteen Iranian feature, documentary and short films went on screen during the festival, which was organized by Daricheh Cinema, an Iranian film distribution company, and IFC Center, a movie theater in New York City.
Photo: Farhad Aslani (L) and Navid Mohammadzadeh act in a scene from “Sheeple” directed by Hooman Seyyedi.