Milan, 8 March 2010 Press release

First Prize for "A moment of freedom" at the "Nuovo Cinema Europa" festival in Genoa

Jury and audience unanimously choose Arash T. Riahi’s first feature as best film

Milan, 7 March 2010 – The film "A moment of freedom", the first feature by Austrian-Iranian director Arash T. Riahi was unanimously elected by the jury and the audience as the best film at the "Nuovo Cinema Europa" festival that took place from 1 to 5 March in Genoa. The festival jury explained its choice with the "moving account of the drama of refugees", the "successful combination of tragic situations with a touch of comedy", and the "convincing commitment to the idea of a "necessary" cinema with civil courage".

The "Nuovo Cinema Europa" festival perceives itself as a panorama of contemporary European film and as a showcase for young ambitious directors, and was organized by the cultural association "Profondità di Campo" with the support of the Municipality of Genoa and several European cultural institutes. The festival presented films from Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Hungary, and Italy, which were met with an exceptional interest from film-loving audiences. The Austrian films "A moment of freedom" and "Small fish" (directed by Marco Antoniazzi) participated in the festival at the suggestion of the Austrian Cultural Institute in Milan and the Italian-Austrian Cultural Centre in Genoa.

Director Arash T. Riahi was present at the screening of "A moment of freedom" on 1 March, and participated at the following discussion with the audience.

Mag. Georg Schnetzer
Austrian Cultural Forum Milan
Piazza Liberty 8 – 20121 Milano
Tel.: +39-02-7837-41/42