Beverly Hills Film Festival to Open With 'The Black Tulip'

Beverly Hills Film Festival The Black Tulip - H 2012
Beverly Hills Film Festival

Beverly Hills Film Festival The Black Tulip - H 2012

The Afghanistan-set drama marks its U.S. premiere on April 25.

The Beverly Hills International Film Festival opens April 25 with the U.S. premiere of The Black Tulip, a drama filmed entirely in Afghanistan.

The film, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole, will mark its debut at the at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at 7:30 p.m. It was Afghanistan's official entry for the 2010 Oscars' foreign film category, and centers on a family's fight for freedom against the encroaching Taliban.

"This year’s line-up is a stellar representation of talented filmmakers from around the globe," said festival director Nino Simone in a statement. "We are honored to be screening The Black Tulip, as we feel that it is a moving and true portrayal of the human turmoil and personal struggles happening in Afghanistan today."

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The festival, dubbed BHFF, involves 50 films, five days of red carpets, networking events, panel discussions and parties; a closing ceremony and gala will be held at the Beverly Hills' Four Seasons on April 29. Oscar-nominated actress Anne Archer will be honored there with the 5th Annual Legends Award.

Also getting recognition: Mardik Martin, USC professor and screenwriter for Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Raging Bull, will receive the the 2012 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award. Martin is among the screenwriters on the Writer Guild of America's list of 101 greatest screenplays ever penned.