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Grey City (Farshid Messghali, 1972)
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 re… Read more

HAFEZ (Abolfazl Jalili, 2007)
“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 … Read more

HALF MOON (Bahman Ghobadi, 2006)
“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 fo… Read more

HOMEWORK (Abbas Kiarostami, 1989)
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 … Read more

Iran (Claude Lelouch, Claude Pinoteau, 1972)
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

IRANIAN SPREAD (Kianoosh Ayyari, 2002)
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… Read more

iron island (Mohammad Rasoulof, )
[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 liv… Read more

IT'S WINTER (Rafi Pitts, 2005)
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 r… Read more

JOY OF MADNESS (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2004)
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 si… Read more

LEILA (Dariush Mehrjui, 1997)
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 … Read more

Let's Not Mud the Water (Bijan Zaman Pira, )
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… Read more

LETTERS IN THE WIND (Alireza Amini, 2004)
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.… Read more

LIFE AND NOTHING MORE (Abbas Kiarostami, 1992)
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 North… Read more

MAN WHO CAME WITH THE SNOW, THE (Marzieh Meshkini, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2009)
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… Read more

MANUSCRIPTS DON T BURN (Mohammad Rasoulof, 2013)
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 p… Read more

MAROONED IN IRAQ (Bahman Ghobadi, 2002)
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 wo… Read more

Maryam's Sin (, 2004)
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 … Read more

MEN AT WORK (Mani Haghighi, 2006)
“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… Read more

MIRROR, THE (Jafar Panahi, 1997)
“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 metaficti… Read more

MODEST RECEPTION (Mani Haghighi, 2012)
"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 mult… Read more

More Than Two Hours (Ali Asgari, 2013)
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 Khaney… Read more

Mr. Monster (Farshid Messghali, 1970)
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 Statu… Read more

NARGESS (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, 1991)
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,… Read more

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (Bahman Ghobadi, 2009)
“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 Pers… Read more

OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi, 2005)
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, ban… Read more

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