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ONCE UPON A TIME, CINEMA (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1992)
Once Upon a Time, Cinema almost defies description, as the complexity and imagi­nation director Makhmalbaf brings to it pro­duces a dazzling visual roilercoaster, which sweeps the viewer alon… Read more

PAPER AIRPLANES (Farhad Mehranfar, 1997)
Hakemzadeh is commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to travel with a mobile open-ait cinema through the mountainous green north of Iran. Trekking from one remote spot to the next, traveling with hi… Read more

pilgrimage (Bahman Kiarostami, )
Despite landmines, kidnapping, assassination and death by dehydration and starvation, thousands of determined Shiite Muslims have been pouring across the Iran-Iraq border since the fall of Saddam Hus… Read more

Prostitution Behind the Veil (Nahid Persson, )
[Prostitution Behind the Veil] opens a window onto the difficult lives of Minna and Fariba, two young single mothers who make their way as best they can in a society that affords little opportunity t… Read more

Purple Crayon (Nafiseh Riahi, 1975)
Children build up a world of their own in their imagination, and, in doing so, often cross the border between reality and fantasy. ... Read more

Rainbow (Nafiseh Riahi, 1973)
Sometimes, an optimistic and dynamic creature can bring light and colour to his surroundings . . . ... Read more

Regularly or Irregularly (In Order or Without Order) (Abbas Kiarostami, 1981)
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RIVERSIDE, THE (Alireza Amini, 2004)
The Riverside Iran During the recent Iraq'US war, a newly-wed bride steps on a mine in the sparse, sun-scorched desert on the Iran'Iraq border. If she moves her foot, the mine will detonate. Pleading… Read more

Roads of Kiarostami (Abbas Kiarostami, 2006)
Yet another thoughtful piece from the Iranian master, the film combines ... poetry, photography, classical music, and cinema with the leitmotif of the road. A short experimental work that Abbas Kiaro… Read more

SALAAM CINEMA (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995)
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf s Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity o… Read more

SECRET BALLOT (Babak Payami, 2001)
Supported through Rotterdam Film Festivals Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing countries, Secret Ballot is a sharply evocative political allegory. It's also something of a rarity for… Read more

Silent Companion (Elham Hosseinzadeh, )
This is the kind of film that cameras were made for, a simple story of a man on a journey to Iran through the swamps of Iraq to bring a gown to his bride. From one of the most remote and endangered c… Read more

Bahman Farmanara, an Iranian film director, has not been allowed to work by the Post-Revolutionary Censor Board for the past 20 years. Somewhat in desperation, he accepts an assignment from Japanese … Read more

SNOW (Aida Begic, 2008)
“Humanely wrought.” - Eye Weekly ... Snow takes place amid the ruins and the anguish that followed the Serbo-Bosnian conflict. An isolated Bosnian village of mostly women and children must contin… Read more

Solution (Abbas Kiarostami, 1978)
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STILL LIFE (Sohrab Shahid-Saless, 1974)
An elderly railway signalman who watches an isolated crossing is about to retire. He receives the news without understanding what is to happen to him. He and his wife go about their daily chores, sle… Read more

TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami, 1996)
Filmed with the piercing intensity of a parable, Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry follows a desperate man on the verge of suicide who seeks someone willing to bury him discreetly. On… Read more

TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami, 1996)
Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997, Taste of Cherry follows the plight of a desolate man, searching for someone to bury him, as he contemplates suicide. Although dark in tone, the film is und… Read more

TEHROUN (Nader T. Homayoun, 2009)
The dark underbelly of Tehran (known to locals as Tehroun) is laid bare in Nader Takmil Homayoun's feature debut. ... Ibrahim's racket is begging for money from passers-by for himself and his infant … Read more

TEN (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
"A very remarkable film, one of the very best of the year—remarkable for its strenuous technical simplicity, for its superbly intelligent acting and for the extraordinary, almost unmediated acc… Read more

The Accordion (Jafar Panahi, 2010)
The Accordion tells of the human drive for material survival against a backdrop of religious intolerance. Two young street performers in Tehran, a boy and a girl, have their accordion confiscated fol… Read more

THE AFGHAN ALPHABET (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2002)
Moshen Makhmalbaf's feature films have long followed the Iranian tradition of blurring the line between fact and fiction. His 2001 film, Kandahar, documented one woman's heartbreaking journey through… Read more

THE APPLE (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)
In the poor south of Teheran, two young girls have spent the first 12 years of life locked up in their home. After several families in the street write to the Social Services to denounce their father… Read more

THE APPLE (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)
"Potent symbolism linked to a bizarre story rooted in fact, set in Iran and laden with political, social and generational overtones." - New York Times ... A truly remarkable achievement, The Apple (M… Read more

THE BOOTS (Mohammad Ali Talebi, 1992)
... ... Little Samaneh lives with her mother in a one-room apartment and frequently must accom­pany her to her job in a garment factory, where she acts like the wilful pre-schooler she is. Moth&s… Read more

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