Devrim Kilic-KurdishCinema.com / October 1-2006 / Melbourne
Heyvê' aka Niwemang, (Kurdish for Half Moon) won Concha
de Oro, Sapanihs for Golden Shell, award at the 54th San
Sebastian Film Festival in Basque, Spain. Nîvê Heyvê shared
the best film award with ‘Mon fils à moi’ (My Son) directed by
French Martial Faugeron.
Juri Prize for Best Photography. Ghobadi said that he
dedicated his film to Kurdish nation and he is very happy for
getting the best film prize.
banned in Iran and he hopes that the ban will be lifted soon.
Ghobadi won the same prize at the 52. San Sebastian
Started on 21st of September 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival has concluded on
30th of September. Ghobadi’s film got the positive respond of the film critics at the festival while
audiences protested the jury’s decision to award Martial Faugeron’s film My Son, with Golden
On the other hand Half Moon has been chosen for a special festival
which will be held in Vienna, Austria in November to celebrate the
Mozart’s 250th anniversary.
Nîvê Heyvê, Iran, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Austria and
France joint production, to some extent resembles Ghobadi’s
second feature “Marooned in Iraq- aka Songs of My Motherland”. The
film tells the story of a group of Kurdish musicians traveling to South a scene from Half Moon
Kurdistan from Iran to perform a concert. Ghobadi told the press that
he wanted to portray the difficulties the singers face in Iran.
actors/actress in Half Moon which depicts the story of a
Kurdish musician, Mamo, who after 35 years got the
permission to perform music in South Kurdistan with his
team. He needs a woman singer for his pieces of music. As
it is forbidden for women to perform music in public spaces,
the group tries to conceal woman singer Hesho, played by
Hediye Tehrani. Mamo and his group cross the border with
the help of his beloved friend Kako, driving the bus. The
Bahman Ghobadi won Caméra d'Or prize with his first feature film, A Time for Drunken Horses at
Cannes in 2000. Ghobadi’s second feature Songs of My Motherland (2002), was also screened at
Cannes in 2002, in Un Certain Regard, and won a prize at Chicago International Film Festival
held at the same year.
Also it is said that the Golem Company, the biggest film distributor company in Spain, has bought
the right of Half Moon to distribute it in Spain.
Half Moon credits:
Production: Mij Film
Music: Hossein Alizadeh
Cast: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah Morad Rashtiani, Hedye Tehrani, Golshifteh Farahani, Hassan
Running time: 107 minutes
sansebastianfestival.com, firatnews.com, mijfilm.com
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