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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

Iran Slams 'Illegal' Berlin Film Festival Director

Iran on Monday protested against the awarding of a Silver Bear to Jafar Panahi for the best screenplay for Parde (Closed Curtain) at the 63rd Berlin film festival, the ISNA news agency reported. The dissident director and his long-time collaborator Kambuzia Partovi were awarded on Saturday for their noteworthy film, which was made secretly in defiance of a ban by Iranian authorities. "We have protested to the Berlin film festival organizers," ISNA quoted the head of the Iran cinema organization and deputy culture minister Javad Shamaqdari as saying.