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Rhino Season wins Best Cinematography prize.

Summary: Touraj Aslani was born in 1973 in Kermanshah city in Iran.

The Kurdish Globe The film Rhino Season won the prize for Best Cinematography at San Sebastian Film Festival, 2012. The prize went to the talented Kurdish director of photography, Touraj Aslani, for his outstanding visual work.

After many touching moments at Toronto International Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival, Rhino Season traveled on to Korea for the Busan International Film Festival, where it was featured as a Gala Presentation on October 6th, 2012.

This is the third prize from San Sebastian Film Festival rewarded to a Bahman Ghobadi film. The previous ones include TURTLES CAN FLY and HALF MOON.

Rhino Season is the latest film from the director Bahman Ghobadi who previously filmed only with Kurds until he left Iran, as no more filming was possible there and nested in Turkey to make the film. The film is based on the true story of Kurdish poet Sadegh Kamangar who was arrested during the Islamic Revolution in Iran and imprisoned for thirty years.

Kurds, favorite poet Sagel and his wife Mina were arrested during the revolution and imprisoned. Mina was released after five years and believing she was the only survivor struggled to make a new life with the children she had borne during the imprisonment. Sagel also survives but is released twenty five years later and goes to Turkey meet his family only to face another tragedy.

Rhino Season is not concerned with revenge but the agony and rage of a helpless man with a cruel fate. It starred Monica Bellucci, the Italian superstar who brilliantly played Mina and Behrouz Vossoughi (Sagel), after returning from decades of absence in Iran.

Touraj Aslani was born in 1973 in Kermanshah city in Iran. He graduated in Graphics and Film directing from Tehran Sooreh University 1999. In 2000 he became the youngest professional photographer in Iranian Cinema. He began to take photographs at the age of 10 at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. At the age of 14, he started his activities as an experimental cinematographer with an 8mm camera. He has shot more than 100 Documentary, Short, Animation, Fiction and Experimental movies. He started his professional activities at the age 25.

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Oct 9, 2012
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