Iran’s Kiarostami Receives Venice Prize

A01688336.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- World-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has received the Glory to the Filmmaker award at the 65th Venice Film Festival.

Kiarostami won the prize for his film Shirin which was screened at the event’s Out of Competition section.

The award, which is named after the film Glory to the Filmmaker by Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, honors eclectic masters of world cinema, press tv said.

Kitano presented the award to Kiarostami in a ceremony held at the historical Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema.

Filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 1999 Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion.

Some 52 films will be screened during the 2008 Venice Film Festival which runs from August 27 to September 6.

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