Honorary Golden Cyclo
(granted by Communauté d'agglomération of Vesoul)
Ms. Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (director, Iran) for her film career.
Ms. Swarna Mallawarachchi (actress, Sri Lanka) for her film career.
Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami has died in France at age 76, far from the lands which he said “essential” to his heart. His works influenced very much at least two generations of Iranian filmmakers.
Mostly ignored by his compatriots for being too experimental and minimalists, he still rose to unequalled international fame. A fame, which made many people feel jealous about him.
The Golden Palm for his 1997’s TASTE OF CHERRY is a good reminder he certainly brought back more trophies and glory to Iran, than any national soccer club of his country.
He thought that worldwide exposed countries would be much safer from attacks than the non-exposed. He quoted Iraq as an example, arguing that if there were so many non-relayed bombings, it was because so few people actually knew anything about that country. He added: “It is impossible to ignore Iranian community, since everybody knows about the people thanks to our Cinema”.