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In this shocking, politically courageous look at the other' Iran, the plight of women is wilfully, sometimes furiously forced into plain sight. Director Jafar Panahi's narrative delicately drifts among several women, each story melting into another, while a sense of their everyday oppression comes ... Read more
The Colour of Paradise is another milestone in Iranian cinema's impressive tradition of films dealing with children. Vibrant cinematography and natural performances ensure a festival highlight. It is summer vacation and Mohammad, an eight-year-old blind boy returns, with his widowed father, to ... Read more
Dariush Mehrjui's first film, The Cow, was made independently in Iran, and its success at the 1971 Venice Film Festival has given Iranian film-making a stature long sought by small countries with struggling film industries. Inter­national recognition, so treasured, came with the critical ... Read more
This is the first film released in Iran from director Dariush Mehrjui since his earlier films, The Cowand The Postman, The Cycle looks critically at corruption in the medical services provided by the city for the poor. ... An energetic seventeen-year-old has come with his sick and complaining ... Read more
On a photographic trip with his mentor master Iranian fillmaker Abbas Kiarostrami, director Alireza Raisian's car broke down and he went looking for help. From that simple premise, an idea for a film was born. Creating an intimate and realistic world from a relatively basic concept is something at ... Read more
Corruption in modern Iran comes under fire in The Hunter, a neo-realist drama that veers into thriller territory. ... In the icy woods outside of Tehran, security guard Ali lets off steam by hunting wild animals. Working night shift means he doesn't see much of his family - but when his wife is ... Read more
... ... Gently humorous, with the pleasing simplicity of a fable, The Jar seems an unlikely candidate for the harsh censorship that saw it banned in its own country for three years. Yet director Ebrahim Forouzesh's hallmark style-where every detail is emotionally resonant and from the smallest ... Read more
Written by featured director at last year's festival, Abbas Kiarostami, Ebrahim Forouzesh's first feature The Key is a deliciously entertaining comic drama that will appeal to all with its inventive humour and mesmerising pace. ... Like most of the post-revolution Iranian cinema, The Key was made ... Read more
"The Legend of Love is a fascinating, stately glimpse at the rugged beauty of the Kurdistan mountains and the customs and the rituals of the people. Years ago, the idealistic Horman quit med school to work at the clinic in his war torn hometown clinic of Boonan. Now his beloved, Khazar, travels ... Read more
Jafar Panahi has once again utilised the services of youthful Mina Mohammed Khani, the utterly charming young thesp whose talents made The White Balloon the most popular feature of MIFF 1996. His second film after a succession of shorts, Panahi has excelled under the tutelage of Iranian cinema guru ... Read more
Ali needs a job. Reza needs it more. There is only one opening in the printing shop where they have both been taken on trial, after impassioned pleas from uncles and neighbours have got them through the door. ... On this simple premise director Alireza Davudnezhad has mounted a sensitive story that ... Read more
The latest project from veteran Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui is a contemporary fable about the redemptive power of the spirit. Mahmud (Homayun Eskandari) is a middle-aged poet and writer who returns to his place of birth in the Bagh Damavand to write a book. His best efforts at concentration ... Read more
Adapted from George Buchner's play, 'Woyzeck', The Postman is the second film by Daryush Mehrjui, whose first film, The Cow, is also an entry in this year's Festival. ... The postman of a quiet country town encounters several problems for which there are no easy solutions. He can no longer satisfy ... Read more
Khorshid is a ten year old blind boy who lives alone with his mother. He uses his exceptional hearing to bring extra cash into a needy household that subsists on his mother's fishing. Khorshid employs his gift as a tuner of traditional musical instruments, but, like most boys of his age he is ... Read more
Directed by Iranian, Bahram Beiza'i, The Stranger and the Fog is set firmly in a mythic background. A stranger arrives in a primitive fishing village, drifting ashore in a small boat, bloodied and dimly aware that he has been in a fight. The villagers look after him and he recovers; he then decides ... Read more
Thoroughly Iranian in its carefully observed detail of character and daily life, Travellers is none the less a dazzling departure for director Bahram Beizai, whose best known film in Australia is Bashu, The Little Stranger. Mesmerising and unsettling in its conflicting tones and fantastical moods ... Read more
Following Farhad Mehranfar's Paper Airplanes (also screening as part of Journey to Iran), the filmmaker returned to the region of his birth for a cinematic study of a timeless community of people. His crew and cam­eras enter the enchanting mountains of Talesh, where he finds old clans living in ... Read more
... ... Much to everyone's surprise, fundamentalist hard-line Iran has been pioving that humanist cinema is alive and thriving for at least a decade now To established names like Kiarostami, Makmalbaf, Bani' etemad and Foruzesh we can now add Jafar Panahi. winner of last year's Best First Film ... Read more
The cinema of Abbas Kiarostami has a warm, humanist heart. His latest work serves to further his enviable reputation as one of world cinema's masters. ... The Wind Will Carry Us revolves around the lives of four strangers who arrive from Tehran for a short stay at a remote picturesque village in ... Read more
... ... Abbas Kirostami returns to the harshly beau­tiful landscape of his last two features, con­structing not so much a third part of a trilogy but rather an alternative view of Life and Nothing More. ... ... ... Begining with the actor who played the direc­tor in the previous film ... Read more
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The remarkable and deeply moving [Turtles Can Fly] puts director Bahman Ghobadi ([A Time for Drunken Horses]) firmly into the ranks of the world's finest filmmakers. Telling the story of four children trying to negotiate the volatile landscape of the Iraqi-Kurdish border region, its humanity ... Read more
Winner of the Camera D'or at the Cannes Film Festival, Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon is the story of a young Iranian girl's trip to the market - a simple undertaking that becomes unexpectedly waylaid by circumstance. ... With New Year approaching in Tehran, seven-year-old Razieh pesters her ... Read more
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