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CIRCLE, THE (Jafar Panahi, 2000)
The Circle was a multiple award-winner at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. ... A tour de force, The Circle depicts the plight of several Iranian women oppressed solely for being born female in a mal… Read more

CIRCUMSTANCE (Maryam Keshavarz, 2011)
"An amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz." - Hollywood Reporter ... Two 16-year-old best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, coming of age … Read more

CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
"Werner Herzog calls this 'the greatest documentary on filmmaking I have ever seen.' Much stranger than fiction, Close-Up recounts the bizarre case of Hosem Sabzian, a frustrated film buff who preten… Read more

CLOSED CURTAIN (Jafar Panahi,Kamboziya Partovi, 2013)
"The very fact that this film exists is cause for celebration: it's the second time, after This Is Not A Film, that Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has managed to defy the 20-year-filmmaking ban impos… Read more

CRIMSON GOLD (Jafar Panahi, 2003)
Crimson Gold was selected as the Closing Night film of Un Certain Regard and winner of the Jury Award, Un Certain Regard, at the Cannes Film Festival. ... An intimate and absorbing drama, Crimson Gol… Read more

CRIMSON GOLD (Jafar Panahi, 2003)
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Award at Cannes this year, Jafar Panahi's (The Circle, MIFF 2001) new film is a intimate and absorbing drama. Based on true events, told to Panahi by Abbas Kiaros… Read more

Cyanosis (Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, 2007)
A vivid portrait, animating the passionate work of Tehran street artist Jamshid Aminfar. --- D/P Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami L Farsi w/English subtitles TD vid/col/2007/35min ... Read more

DAF (Bahman Ghobadi, )
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the Homelands Now spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the w… Read more

DANCE OF DUST (Abolfazi Jalili, 1998)
Dance of Dust is an evocative study of the almost unbe­lievably harsh life of Ilia, a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Eking out a living working in a brick kiln, Ilia is haunted by myst… Read more

Dawn of the Capricorn (Ahmad Faroughy-Kadjar, 1964)
A sad eyed little boy wanders through the alley of the ancient city of Isfahau — his adventures ending in a final, bitter-sweet taste of first love. ... Prize of the Superior Technical Commissi… Read more

DELBARAN (Abolfazl Jalili, 2001)
Opening this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abolfazl Jalili's latest film (supported through the Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing countr… Read more

Dervishes of Kurdistan (Abbas Tahvildar, 2004)
.Dervishes of Kurdistan (Kasnazan)In Kurdistan, the Qaderi dervishes are very active in all aspects of people's lives, extolling the virtues of love, compassion, sympathy, abstinence, and encouraging… Read more

DJOMEH (Hassan Yektapanah, 2000)
Djomeh is a young Afghan man who works on a small dairy farm in the remote Iranian countryside. Every morning he accompanies a native farm owner, Mr. Mahmoud to nearby small villages to collect milk … Read more

F FOR FAKE (Orson Welles, 1973)
... ... As the documentary Orson Welles: One Man Band shows, this great director carried an editing table with him wherever he travelled, This tool of his trade is displayed by Welles in F For Fake w… Read more

FACING MIRRORS (Negar Azarbayjani, 2011)
An Iranian female ‘buddy' movie about a taxi driver and a transsexual. ... Two women - poles apart in background and belief - find themselves awkward travelling companions in a desperate car ride t… Read more

FAR FROM HOME (Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1975)
In his first film made in Germany, expatriate Iranian director, Sohrab Shahid Saless, creates a portrait of another expatriate: a Turkish factory worker in Berlin. ... Saless' camera observes the gas… Read more

FIVE (Abbas Kiarostami, 2004)
Five Iran/FranceOne of the two Abbas Kiarostami films to be screened at this year's Festival'both of which premiered at Cannes this year'Five is an utterly contemplative and meditative abstract work.… Read more

Flower Storm (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1972)
This animated film, based on Persian miniatures, tells of the inhabitants of two towns in the Middle Ages who live in peace and harmony until their kings star! to fight over a bird they both have sho… Read more

FOOTBALL, IRANIAN STYLE (Maziar Bahari, 2001)
In a country like Iran, where 75 per cent of the population is under 25, football can tell a lot about society and its people. While half the population, women, are not allowed to enter a stadium or … Read more

Footsteps of Water, The (Alireza Darvish, 2006)
A symbolic search reminding us of all that we know and all that we don't know. A story about the quality of every level of life. Screened at Annecy Film Festival.---D/S Alireza Darvish P Carmen Perez… Read more

GABBEH (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996)
... ... A ... ... ... According to many observers (your humble servant and Werner Herzog amongst them), cinema is alive and well in two countries: China and Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is incont… Read more

Genie (Bahram Reypour, 1972)
Night falls in an Iranian home. A strange knocking at the door. A superstitious old woman and her cowardly son are sure they are being visited by a genie. ... Read more

GOOD BYE (Mohamad Rasoulof, 2011)
"A suspenseful and moving portrait of modern censorship." - indieWIRE ... Arrested just before completion and finished in clandestine circumstances, Good Bye is Mohammad Rasoulof's searing indictment… Read more

Green (Seyyed Ramin Sheydaei, 1999)
Green is a beautiful folkloric animation. It uses a paint on glass technique to portray a battle of universal proporlions. The battle, represented through the interplay of primary colours, eventually… Read more

GREEN DAYS (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2009)
The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf. ... A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian people singing… Read more

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