Fereshteh Hosseini, an Afghan actress, has won the Best Performance by an Actress award for playing in "Parting" during the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival concluded on Saturday.
Born in Iran, Hosseini, who is in her 19, participated in acting classes for 10 years in Tehran. As a child played role in a number of plays, mostly musicals and also in some short films.
The work for which she received the ward – “Parting” or in local languate Raftan – is a joint production of Iran and Afghanistan which is directed by Navid Mahmoudi, an Afghan citizen who move to Iran in his childhood.
The film is about a pair of young Afghans who love each other but get separated. Fereshta (played by Hosseini) has to leave the country with her parents to find refuge in Iran. Her lover Nabi (played by Reza Ahmadi) decides to find her, crossing the border illegally before taking her through Turkey and towards Europe in hope of a better life.
Through the movie, the director tries to highlight also the refugee crisis. The dream of a better life in Europe despite hurdles in this regard.
The movie is produced by Jamshid Mahmoudi, the brother of the director. They also cooperated in their debut work “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” in 2014 which won several awards including the Golden Camel for Best Director and Best Cinematography award at the 7th Jaipur IFF, India; Best Outstanding Debut Feature and Best Outstanding International Feature awards at the 15th ReelWorld IFF, Toronto, Canada; and best Film award at the 14th Dhaka IFF, Bangladesh.
The “Parting” was screened at the Busan International Film Festival in October. It has been chosen by Afghanistan for the 89th Oscars due for February next year. It marked the beginning 21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala which is ongoing in India.
The Marrakech International Film Festival was established in 2001 with an aim to encourage the film creation, its promotion and its distribution in Morocco and in the world.