‘Nîvê Heyvê’ is invited in Istanbul Film Festival

    KurdishCinema.com – Melbourne – 12.03/07

    Bahman Ghobadi’s last feature film ‘Nîvê
    Heyvê’ (Half Moon) has been invited to
    Istanbul International Film Festival which will
    take place between 31st March and 15 April
    2007. The festival which is organized by
    İstanbul Culture and Art Foundation is the
    most important film festival in Turkey.
    Ghobadi’s earlier films ‘Time for Drunken
    Horses’, ‘Marooned in Iraq’ and ‘Turtles Can
    Fly’ had also been screened at the same festival in the past years.  

    It is said that Ghobadi will individually attend the festival too. The leading roles in
    Half Moon are played by İsmail Ghaffari, Allah Morad Rashtiani and Hedye
    Tehrani and the film will be shown three times on 10, 12 and 14 April 2007. At
    26th  Istanbul International Film Festival 235 films will be screened from different

    ‘Half Moon’ tells the story of some Kurdish musicians
    traveling from Iranian Kurdistan to South Kurdistan.
    The film which has been banned in Iran but invited 13
    international film festival until now and won several
    awards including The Golden Shell (the top prize), The
    Best Director of Photography Award and The Jury
    Award for the Best Screenplay at the 54th San
    Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, 2006

    Director Bahman Ghobadi permission to shoot films
    in Iran has also been suspended by the Ministy of
    Culture and Islamic Guidance last month on the basis
    that his films are promoting ‘separatism’. Ghobadi is
    now in Australia and attending a workshop in Byron
    Bay in NSW.