“Asak” named best short film at the Ethnocineca festival in Vienna
TEHRAN – Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari “Asak” won the award for best documentary short at the 15th edition of the Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival in Vienna.
“Asak”, which means a small hand mill in the local dialect of southern Iran, tells the story of an 80-year-old blind man who lives in this region.
He earns money by making handicrafts and stone utensils. The most notable feature of the documentary is the old man’s spiritual divine talent in interpreting dreams as well as his fascinating ability to climb mountains to collect stones and identify the right types of stones by simply touching and tasting them. .
“Asak” had already received several other awards from numerous festivals, including the International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival in Turkey, the Arica Nativa Rural Film Festival in Chile, the Parnu International Documentary Film Festival in Estonia, the Festival of the documentary film Big Sky in the United States, Golden Tree International Documentary Festival in Germany and the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in Serbia.
The Ethnocineca festival, which took place online this year due to the pandemic, announced the winners last Thursday.
The award for best documentary feature went to “The rain never stops” by Alina Gorlova from Ukraine.
The award for excellence in visual anthropology went to “The Body Won’t Close” by Mattijs van de Port from the Netherlands.
“Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” won the award for best Austrian documentary. Directed by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, the film is a co-production of Austria, Venezuela, UK and Brazil.
The Ethnocineca Student Shorts prize was awarded to “Marea” directed by Vania Quevedo. It is a co-production between Mexico and Cuba.
Photo: “Asak” by Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari.
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