Zolbayar Dorj: Fajr Among Biggest Fests of Asia

Zolbayar Dorj: Fajr Among Biggest Fests of Asia

Zolbayar Dorj (Born 1972, Mongolia) is a director, producer, cinematographer and writer.

His movies include Amour (1996), One Night (1998), Ballad of Crazy Love (2001), I Wish My Mother’s Kiss (2002), Smell of Water (2005), No Right to Die (2008), Meaningful Heads (2011), Genghis Legend of the Ten (2012), and Children of Ghenghis (2017).

In an exclusive interview with the Press Office of Fajr, he talked about Mongolia’s film industry and Fajr Iinternational Film Festival:

Tell us about your movie?

Children of Genghis is my 8th feature film which is screening in Eastern Vista – Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries section. It is about horse racing tradition in Mongolia.  It won Best Cinematography Award in Cathy Pacific Awards and got Special Mention in NETPAC Section of Asian Film Festival Barcelona.

What about the Mongolian film industry?

Mongolian cinema has 93 years of history. Of course, in comparison with Iranian cinema is not that much developed. We are trying to develop our cinema and filmmaking skills. This is our first time in Fajr and Iran. We had some information before coming and knew that Fajr is one of the biggest film festivals in the region. It’s really big and a very outstanding event. We especially want to watch Iranian films as much as possible.

The curtain falls on the 36th edition of the Fajr International Film Festival, presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, on Thursday, 26 April. According to event organizer Mohammad Hamidi Moghaddam, Vahdat Hall is hosting the closing ceremony at 6:30 pm, attended by Iranian and international filmmakers and guests. The most anticipated moment of the Fajr Filmfest includes live classical music performances by tenors Shahram Nazeri and Hafez Nazeri.

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