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Iranian children’s festival to screen Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”
Tehran Times: Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist” will go on screen during Iran’s International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults.
“Oliver Twist”, a different adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, will be competing in the Screen Adaptation Section of the festival, which will be held from October 8 to 13 in Isfahan.
“Oliver Twist” (2005) is a British drama film, which was preceded by numerous adaptations of the Dickens book, including several feature films, three television movies, two miniseries and a stage musical that became an Academy Award-winning movie.
The film is about an orphan who meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
250 works submitted to Little Prince Literary Award
Tehran Times: A total of 250 works have been submitted to the second edition of the Little Prince Literary Award, the organizer announced on Sunday.
Cheragh-e Motale’eh, an Iranian literary foundation, has established the award to honor Persian storywriters under 15 in commemoration of “The Little Prince” author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
A jury will select 25 works out of the 250 submissions in the first stage, award secretary Maryam Sistani said.
Five nominations for the award will be announced in the second stage and the award will be presented to a winner during a ceremony in Tehran on September 22, she added.
The winner will receive a cash prize, a Little Prince statuette, an honorary diploma, and a series of books for children and young adults.
In addition, the other four winners each will receive an honorary diploma and a series of books for children and young adults.
Ahmad Akbarpur, Abuzar Qasemian, Marzieh Jokar and Fatemeh Forutan are the jury members of the contest.
“The Little Prince”, first published in 1943, is a novella, and the most famous work of the French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France.
Persian Literature Introduced At Indian University
Iran Daily: The Urdu version of the book ‘That Wonderful Night’, written by the Iranian author Ali-Akbar Valaii, was introduced during a ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
“The book was introduced during a ceremony at the university, and I spoke about fiction literature during the event,” Valaii told Mehr News Agency.
The book, which is a selection of short stories from Valaii’s collection ‘We Invent’, was translated into Urdu by Muhammad Qasim Ahmed.
Unfortunately, most Indian literati and scholars are not very familiar with Persian literature, despite the interest shown by some in the field, he said.
Valaii was one of the members of a panel of Iranian literati who traveled to India to hold three seminars on modern Persian fiction at the academic centers of New Delhi.
They gave lectures on modern Persian literature and introduced a number of the latest books by Iranian writers during the colloquiums.
Over 500 Books Marketed
Iran Daily: According to the statistics released by the Book House Institute, during the period of August 25-29, a total of 557 book titles were released in Iran. Most of the works belonged to the field of children and religion.
Over 116 books were released in the children’s category, IBNA said.
Other books were themed on religion, practical science, literature, education, social science, philosophy and psychology, arts, natural sciences, history and geography, generalities and language were other .
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