October 1, 2006 -- Reports from Iran say "Border Cafe," a film directed by Kambuzia Partovi, has been selected to represent the Islamic republic's cinema at next year's Academy Awards, in the best foreign film category.
"Border Cafe" tells the story of a recently widowed woman who decides to run her husband's truck-stop restaurant near a border village while fending off solicitations of her brother-in-law.
Only five candidates will be selected as Oscar nominees and the winner announced at a ceremony in the United States in February.
Central Asian Cinema
Gulnara Abikaeyeva's June 29 presentation in Prague (RFE/RL)
EAST OF THE WEST: On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.