Iranian actor, Payman Maadi to receive the Stockholm Achievement Award


American-Iranian actor Payman Maadi will be awarded the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award for his unique quality of reaching through the screen, past prejudices and over borders.

Maadi will accept the Bronze Horse at the Nordic premiere and red-carpet screening of his film Just 6.5 (2019) during the Stockholm International Film Festival.The film is competing for the prestigious Stockholm Impact Award.

The festival said that this years’ achievement award went to Maadi for his ‘world-class role performances that have enriched great cinema.’

‘With his powerful and insightful role interpretations, he opens a door for the audience to go beyond the big screen, past prejudices, and over borders. It is the first time the Bronze Horse is awarded to an actor outside of Europe and USA,’ the festival said.

Maadi is one of the biggest and most popular film stars in Iran. His acting career took off with Director Asghar Farhadi’s films About Elly (2009) and A Separation (2011). He also starred in several American films like Camp X-ray (2014), alongside Kristen Stewart, which was screened at Stockholm International Film Festival in 2014.

The Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual in honor and acknowledgement of their contribution to the world of film. Previous recipients of this award are actress Gena Rowlands, actress Lauren Bacall, filmmaker David Lynch, filmmaker Oliver Stone, actress Susan Sarandon, director Claire Denis, writer and director Mike Leigh, director Francis Ford Coppola, among others.

The festival also announced filmmaker Taika Waititi’s latest film Jojo Rabbit (2019) will close this year’s festival. The film won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival and have its Nordic premiere and red-carpet screening at Stockholm Film Festival at 5:00 pm, November 16th .

The humorist satire Jojo Rabbit has been predicted by critics and industry press to be a strong candidate for the Academy Awards.

In Jojo Rabbit, 10-year-old Johannes is just like any other boy, except that he’s a devoted Nazi with the Führer as his big idol. When he discovers that his dear mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic, young Jojo finds himself in a moral dilemma.

The New Zealand comedy genius Waititi tackles World War II and casts himself as a goofy version of Adolf Hitler, an imaginary friend only Jojo can see. The cast includes actress Thomasin McKenzie, actress Scarlett Johansson, actress Rebel Wilson, and actor Sam Rockwell.

The film is competing in the Open Zone section, where the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) selects the winner for Best Film.

The official program for the festival is announced. This year’s main focus will be Mafia and organised crime. The festival will take place 6-17 November and 150 films from over 60 countries will be presented.

The festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary by paying tribute to French cinema. It will open with the film Marriage Story by director Noah Baumbach, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver starring in the leading roles.

Over 25 films from France are presented, including France’s Oscar submission Les Misèrables by Director Ladj Ly, The Specials by directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, By the Grace of God by director François Ozon, and Atlantics by actress and director Mati Diop.

A selection of films that will be presented during the festival in November includes titles such as Matthias & Maxime by director Xavier Dolan, The Souvenir by director Joanna Hogg, The Farewell by director Lulu Wang.

Just 6.5
By Saeed Roustaee
10 tons of narcotics are consumed in Iran every day and the title of the film »Just 6.5« references its 6.5 million users. »Just 6.5« follows Samad, played by 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award winner Payman Maadi. He is a member of the Anti-Narcotics Police Task Force who’s trying to find and capture drug lord Nasser Khakzad, who is on the run. However, in a time where corruption is rampant, finding trustful, honest, confidants proves difficult and the situation looks dire. On top of which the addicts he encounters aren’t eager to help him on his mission to stop the flow of drugs into the area.

Throughout and after the chase Samad becomes increasingly disillusioned with the system and its ability to combat the drug problem as the number of addicts continues to rise. Samad eventually gives up his promotion and resigns to try to tackle the issue from another perspective.

Production year: 2019
Original title: Metri Shesh-o Nim
Actors: Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar
Script: Saeed Roustaee
Producer: Seyed Jamal Sadatian
Cameraman: Hooman Behmanesh
Music: Payman Yazdanian
Status: Nordic premiere


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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