(Blogmensgo, October 19, 2012) For the film Face aux miroirs (Facing Mirrors) Negar Azarbayjani won the grand prize at Chéries Chéris 2012. The eighteenth edition of the LGBT film festival held in Paris from 5 to 14 October 2012. The film of Iranian director succeeds in ranking a film by German director called Romeos.
Facing Mirrors (or Aynehaye Rooberoo’s original version) had already won the prize for best first film in June 2012, on the occasion of the International LGBT Film Festival of San Francisco. In Paris, this film (trailer below) won against nine other competitors in the official selection.
The director tells the story of a young woman, Adineh, who wants to become a young man, Eddie (Gold Edi). This FTM trans person, attempts to emigrate to Germany to undergo reassignment surgery, although such operation is authorized in Iran. Against all odds, Eddie will befriend an Iranian woman, Rana, Whose social and financial status is the opposite of hers.
In the background of this story, the weight of social and religious prejudices against homosexuality in Iran, a country where sex change within transgender people, is permitted. This is the first Iranian feature film whose protagonist is transgender (DEPENDING on the film festival in San Francisco).
The film Mia Javier Van de Couter, won the Special Jury Prize. Best Actor was Awarded to three people: William Gouix and Matila Malliarakis and Ohad Knoller.
Other winners include The Invisible Sébastien Lifshitz (Grand Prize Documentary Film) Footing and Damien Gault (Grand Prize Short Film).
Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via press release Chéries-Chéris, October 15, 2012)