TEHRAN — Iranian drama “The Wasteland” has won the Norwegian Peace Film Prize at the 32nd Tromso International Film Festival, organizers announced on Saturday evening.
Directed by Ahmad Bahrami, the film follows an isolated brick factory producing bricks using an ancient method. Many families of different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Lotfollah, forty years old, born on the spot, is the supervisor of the factory and serves as intermediary between the workers and the boss. The boss asks Lotfollah to gather all the workers in front of his office. He wants to tell them about the closing of the factory. All that matters to Lotfollah now is preserving Sarvar, the woman he has long been in love with.
The Norwegian Peace Film Award is given to a film that highlights direct, structural or cultural violence, and that contributes creatively to a better understanding of conflict and violence.
The award is presented by TIFF in collaboration with the Center for Peace Studies at the University of Tromso and the Student Peace Network.
This year’s jury, consisting of Hermann Josef Greuel, Racha Helen Larsen and Anuradha Gayanath Abeykoon, wrote in a statement: “We have awarded this year’s Norwegian Film for Peace Prize to a work of cinematic art complete with a universal perspective on day laborers in conflict with capital and power. .”
“Through its formal and visual narrative structure, the film focuses on the essential, the powerlessness and abandonment of workers in a changing economic situation. Through repetition, the narrative penetrates ruthlessly to the heart of the problem and thus becomes a humanistic message,” added the jury.
The Aurora Prize, the festival’s main prize for best film, was awarded to “Medusa” by Brazilian director Anita Rocha da Silveira.
The film also won the Faith in Film Award, given by the Center for Art, Culture and Church and Norwegian Church Academies and Tromso Church Academy.
“Mr. Bachman and His Class” by German director Maria Speth received the FIPRESCI award from the International Federation of Cinematographic Press.
The Don Quixote Prize, awarded by the International Federation of Cine-Clubs, was awarded to “Miracle”, a Romanian-Czech co-production directed by Bogdan George Apetri.
“Radji”, a Belgian-Swedish and Norwegian co-production directed by Georg Gotmark and John Erling Utsi, received the Tromso Palm, which rewards the best film of parallel films from the North.
Pictured: Ali Baqeri and Mahdieh Nassaj star in a scene from ‘The Wasteland’ directed by Ahmad Bahrami.