Actress and director Homa Rusta to be honored at Fajr filmfest
The celebrated actress and stage director Homa Rusta will be awarded a Golden Simorgh for her lifetime achievements at the 32nd edition of the Fajr International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Wednesday.
Rusta is the widow of Hamid Samandarian, the prominent Iranian stage director and playwright. She was nominated for best actress awards at a number of previous editions of the Fajr festival.
A short documentary film on the artistic life of Rusta and Samandarian will be screened at the ceremony, during which she will be presented with the award.
The documentary entitled “Hamid of Homa” is currently being directed by Mohammad-Ali Sajjadi.
Rusta made her debut with “A Report of a Murder” directed by Mohammad-Ali Najafi. She also played a role in Puran Derakhshandeh’s “The Little Bird of Happiness” and received a nomination for the role at the 6th Fajr film festival.
She also starred in Bahram Beizaii’s “Passengers” and Ebrahim Hatamikia’s acclaimed movie “From Karkheh to Rhine”. She was nominated for best actress award for her role in “From Karkheh to Rhine” at the 11th Fajr festival.
Rusta has also acted in and directed a number of plays including “The Glass Menagerie” written by Tennessee Williams. Her latest work was “The Cherry Orchard” that went on stage in summer 2013.