21 March 2016

APFF Laureate Lauded at two US Film Festivals

TEHRAN (AIPFF) - “The Descendents”, directed by Yaser Talebi has won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Excellence and the 2015 Reel Rose award.

TEHRAN (AIPFF) – “The Descendents”, directed by Yaser Talebi has won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Excellence and the 2015 Reel Rose award.

The feature film was the only Iranian feature film representing the Islamic Republic in the two film festivals.

The Accolade Global Film Competition attracts both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers and is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. Currently in its 14th year, Accolade Global Film Competition strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve.

It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. The Accolade promotes award winners through press releases to over 40,000 filmmakers, industry contacts and additional international media/distribution outlets. The Reel Rose Award is offered to directors by the John Paul II International Film Festival.

In 1999, the late Pope John Paul II challenged artists to respond to the world’s need for Truth, Love, and Peace through the use of art. With the coming generations, it is becoming more and more apparent that the world hungers for meaning. For this reason, the John Paul II International Film Festival was founded in 2009, ten years after John Paul II’s Letter to Artists.

The organizers, 7eventhDay Media, Inc. host the annual Film Festival which gives a home to filmmakers who have chosen to use this medium to express and share a message of hope, struggle, triumph, and Love to the world.

“The Descendents” was nominated for the Reel Rose award for the best feature film, the best director and the best screenplay as well as the best actor which won the best film award of the festival.

Produced by Mitra Rouhi Manesh, the film has also sparked a lot of attention by Iranian and international festivals as well.

The work has previously won Ammar Popular Film Festival (APFF)’s award for the best picture and the Yas International Video Festival’s award for the best actor.

Over 70% of the film’s locations were shot in Sweden with Iranian and Swedish staff.

In “The Descendant”, Jacob, an old man who is living a peaceful life with his wife, wonders about the wellbeing of their son, Farokh who has traveled overseas to continue his studies. Jacob makes an odyssey-like journey to find his son.

The film’s credits are as follows:

Director: Yaser Talebi

Writers: Tamanna Rastegar, Hamid Rasulpour Hedayati

Proofreader: Yaser Talebi

Director of Photography: Mahmoud Reza Mafi

Designer: Mitra Rouhi Manesh

Sound: Misaq Madanlou, Jon Hagglund

Sound Engineers: Ali Abusedq

Advisor: Bahram Hamidi

Associate director and planner: Crille Olsson

Assistants: Lovisa Hagglund

Secretary: Sulmaz Shirazi

Director of Photography: Mona Hazefi

Grips: Torben, Hanna Elfving, Kimber Ebra, Stefan dalhond, Faresberg, Mohsen Najafi, Bahman Esmaeili

Sound Assistant: Daniel Fridel

Assistant: Masoud Jamali, Tina Nilson, Annas Nederdal, Pauli Patel

Production Assistant: Isabella Alveborg

Translators: Hossein Mirzagholi, Mehrtash Saeidi, Rashin Kohfin Amarillo

Production Managers: Mehdi Khlili, Camilla Ostlund

Production Assistant: Bahman Esmaeili, Roghiyeh Alami

Cast: Hassan Rostamaei, Victoria Luchnikuva, Hossein Mirzagholi, Mehrtash Saeidi, Mehdi Khalili, Haniyeh Jahanshaohouei, Pegah Kakasoltani, Masou Jamali, Ghaffar Ghomi Oveili, Mehrdad Fattahi, Mahmoud Reza Mafi, Keyvan Montazeri, Marsel Arya

Producer: Mitra Rouhi Manesh

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