Tue Jun 9, 2015 3:28AM
File photo of Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati
File photo of Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati

Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati has been awarded at the 2015 edition of the Imaginindia International Film Festival in Spain. 

Keramati won the Best Actress Award of the event for her performance in ‘Ghosts’ by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui. 

‘Ghosts’ is a cinematic adaptation of a play of the same name by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. 

Keramati was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund in Iran in 2006. She has appeared in numerous successful television series and feature-length films, including ‘There are Things You Don’t Know’ and ‘Saint Mary.’ 

The 14th edition of Imaginindia International film Festival also screened Mehrjui’s ‘Hamoun’, ‘Sara’ and ‘Cow’ as part of a program to pay tribute to the award-winning director. 

Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui (file photo)

Born in 1939 in Tehran, Mehrjui graduated from the UCLA University in Philosophy and Film Studies. 

He made his first film in 1966 with ‘Diamond 33,’ a big budget parody of the James Bond film series, though the film was not financially successful. 

Known as a new wave director, screenwriter, producer, and film editor, Mehrjui has produced and directed over 20 feature-length films so far. 

His films have received more than 50 national and international awards, including the Golden Seashell Award of the 1993 San Sebastian International Film Festival and Silver Hugo Award of Chicago International Film Festival in 1998. 

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts also honored the Iranian auteur with the first ILEX Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

The 2015 Imaginindia International Film Festival was held from May 17 to 31 in the Spanish capital Madrid. 

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