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Films From Iran

An animated film about a green man who goes to a city without colour-the grey city. He brings a flower, which the inhabitants have never seen before, and suggests they, loo, can grow flowers. They refuse, believing only a green man has such power. But a child arrives with a seed ... ... Read more
“There is no melody more beautiful and eternal than the melody of love” - Persian Poet Hafez ... After memorising the Koran and passing his exams, scholar Shams al-Din is elevated to the rank of ‘Hafez' - so named after the 700-year-old Persian poet. He is asked to pass on his knowledge to ... Read more
“Rarely has gritty naturalism and visual poetry been married so stirringly as in Half Moon.” - Toronto Film Festival The fourth feature from venerated Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly) - inspired by Mozart's Requiem - centres on a musician in the ... Read more
Shot in 1987, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Homework is an extraordinary snapshot of an Iranian primary school and the children who know the meaning of the word 'punishment' but few have heard of 'encouragement'. ... Kiarostami 'plays director', interviewing the children, whose school yard ... Read more
Lelouch's camera flows through Iran observing the emerging country's customs, mysteries and beauties. The people and their land are knit together in his impressionistic approach. ... Read more
An intnguingly simple premise—a counterfeit 1000 toman banknote travels throughout Iran as it is passed from person to person—that results in a kaleidoscopic journey of culture, geography and values, forms the basis of Iranian Spread, an entertaining and though-provoking modern-day ... Read more
[Iron Island] is a moving but tragic story of those whose ignorance leads them to trust others who would abuse their trust in return. It is undoubtedly a parable of the rhythms and constraints of lives lived under despotic rule. This remarkable, almost surreal film screened in Directors' Fortnight ... Read more
It's Winter was in Official Competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Khatoun and her daughter are abandoned when her husband searches for work elsewhere. Months pass. His family doesn't receive a single sign of life from him. No phone calls. No letters. Autumn arrives. Meanwhile, young ... Read more
Joy of Madness (Lezate Divanegi) Iran Joy of Madness is the remarkable debut feature of 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, a 'making-of' documentary of At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Hana's older sister, Samira, and screening at this year's Festival. Both women form part of the Iranian Makhmalbaf ... Read more
Leila is a beautiful young woman from an affluent background. Just married to a doting husband, Reza, Leila is confronted with the painful reality of being unable to bear children. Reza, contrary to what his young wife had envisaged, is unconcerned about this development; his devotion to Leila is ... Read more
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 world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare glimpse ... Read more
Letters in the Wind (Namehay Bad) IranOne of the hallmarks of Iranian cinema is the ability to present a seemingly simple premise and infuse it with a depth of feeling and startling clarity of ideas. This debut film from Alireza Amini, whose latest film, The Riverside, is also screening in the ... Read more
Awarded the Rossellini Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, this latest achieve­ment by one of Iran's foremost filmmakers takes us to the aftermath of the devastating 1990 earthquakes in Northern Iraq, which killed some 50,000 people. It is to this region (the set­ting of Kiarostami's ... Read more
A directorial collaboration between prolific writer/filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar) and his wife, Marziyeh Meshkini (Stray Dogs). ... 1992. Somewhere in the former Soviet Union. A man enters a lowlife bar. He sits and observes, not speaking. ... Gradually, the silent presence of this ... Read more
Kasra is an Iranian author who manages to secretly write down his memoirs, although being under strict monitoring by the security service. His stories are related to his time in jail as a political prisoner, as well as different events connected to his life as an intellectual in Iran. He has ... Read more
During the Iran-Iraq war an old Kurdish singer, Mizra, receives word that his estranged wife, Hanareh, is in trouble.Tricking his two sons into joining him, Mizra sets off to Iraq in search of the woman who abandoned him 23 years ago for his best friend. As they journey on, the two brothers ... Read more
Maryam's Sin (Gonah-e Maryam) On 28 August 2002, a man beheaded his seven-year-old daughter, Maryam, suspecting her of having a 'secret affair' with her uncle (her mother's brother). This horrendous act is exposed in chilling detail by director Parisa Shahandeh, as she examines the implications on ... Read more
“Cars pull up, shovels and chain saws are procured, and madness takes over.” - Variety The action is set on a precipice high up in the Iranian mountains. Four men on their way home from a failed skiing trip happen upon a monolith perched on the edge of a cliff. Male pride, male bonding and the ... Read more
“One of the most powerful films to have emerged from Iran this decade.” - Toronto International Film Festival A little girl's journey through the streets of Tehran turns into a dazzling metafictional exercise in this ingenious commentary on the nature of documentary filmmaking. Halfway through ... Read more
"Starts as a top-notch black comedy, and segues into something darker still and very serious, without ever missing a beat." - FilmInk ... Filmmaker Mani Haghighi (Men At Work, MIFF 07) fills the multiple roles of producer, writer, director and actor in this absurdist provocation about a rich couple ... Read more
A woman suffers complications after having sex. Her partner takes her to the hospital, but getting help proves to be difficult. ... D Ali Asgari P Sasan Salour S Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi WS Khaneye 8 Film Production L Persian w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
A strange man and computer made monster turns against its creators. ... The film was produced by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, in Iran. ... Golden Statue, Tehran Festival of Films for Children 1970 ... Read more
Considering all the norms from which Nargess departs, it may seem surprising that the film was made at all. It honestly and sympathetically represents people who live out­side strict Islamic law, giving profound com­plexity and humanity to its portrait of two very different women. Nargess ... Read more
“A fast, funny and heartfelt celebration of one of Iran's most marginalised minorities: rock musicians.” - The National ... Filmed illegally in the Iranian city of Tehran, No One Knows About Persian Cats ventures into the underground world of Iran's illicit music scene. Lurking on the margins ... Read more
Offside was the winner of the Silver Bear award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... For almost three decades, Iranian soccer players have been cheered almost exclusively by men. Female fans, banned from stadiums after the Islamic revolution, have been forced to reconcile themselves with ... Read more
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