'So Simple' wins twice in Moscow

Iranian drama named top film by fest, Russian critics guild

MOSCOW -- The 30th Moscow International Film Festival wrapped on Saturday with twin wins for the Iranian drama "So Simple," directed by Reza Mir Karimi.

The film, which collected awards for best film from the festival and the Russian Film Critics' Guild, details the tribulations of a middle-class Iranian woman. It stars Hengameh Ghaziani, featured in last year's Iranian Toronto entry "Unfinished Stories."

"So Simple" won best film, screenplay and actress awards in February at the 26th Fajr International Film Festival, Iran's principal film forum.

At the awards ceremony, main competition jury head Liv Ullman highlighted the political undertones of the decision by taking Ghaziani's hand onstage and remarking about how two women from different cultures, "one covered and one uncovered," are standing together, and this is "as it should be."

Mexican director Rene Villarreal won best film from the Perspectives jury for "The Cumbria Connection." French director Marion Laine's "A Simple Heart" won the Special Jury Prize and best director went to Bulgarian Javor Gardev for his film "Zift."

Richard Jenkins won best actor for Tom McCarthy's American indie film "The Visitor," and the best actress award went to Margherita Buy for her role in Silvio Soldini's "Days and Clouds."