Media Nest, led by Iranian producer Kaveh Farnam, has produced the film along with PakFilm and Filminiran.
Director Abbas Amini’s Iranian film Endless Borders has been honoured with the Golden Peacock Award for Best Film at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa, India.
The nine-day cinematic extravaganza concluded with a grand closing ceremony at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, on Tuesday, November 28. A total of 15 films, comprising 12 international and three Indian films, competed for the coveted Golden Peacock.
The nine-day festival concluded with a grand closing ceremony and the announcement of the awards at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, India on Tuesday, November 28 evening.
Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur chaired this year’s international competition jury, which included Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, French film producers Jerome Paillard and Catherine Dussart, and Australian film producer Helen Leake.
In a citation, the Jury said: “The film is about how complicated physical borders might be yet nothing can be more complicated than the emotional and moral borders that you impose upon yourself. Film festivals, after all, are about crossing borders and in the case of this film, the director has crossed political borders at the cost of his own freedom.”
Iranian actor Pouria Rahimi Sam received the Best Actor award for his role in Endless Borders. The jury commended Rahimi for his exceptional acting and interaction with cast members, both children and adults, under challenging shooting conditions.
Endless Borders unfolds in Baluchestan, a remote village on the Iran-Afghanistan border, where an exiled Iranian teacher becomes entangled in the affairs of a refugee Afghan family. Ahmad, the idealistic teacher, crosses paths with a family fleeing the Taliban, leading to intricate dynamics within the group, including a romantic subplot reminiscent of Murnau’s classic Tabu (1931).
The film is produced by Prague-based outfit Media Nest, led by Iranian producer Kaveh Farnam, in collaboration with PakFilm and Filminiran. Directed and co-written by Abbas Amini, the movie features Pouria Rahimi Sam, Hamed Alipour, Behafarid Ghaffarian, Mino Sharifi, Naser Sajjadi Hosseini, Ghalem Sakhi Nazari, Latife Zousefi, and Houtak Balouch.