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The Chorus (Abbas Kiarostami, 1982)
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THE CIRCLE (Jafar Panahi, 2000)
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 amo… Read more

THE COLOUR OF PARADISE (Majid Majidi, 1999)
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… Read more

THE COW (Dariush Mehrjui, 1968)
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 str… Read more

THE CYCLE (Dariush Mehrjui, 1974)
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… Read more

THE DESERTED STATION (Alireza Raisian, 2002)
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… Read more

THE HUNTER (Rafi Pitts, 2010)
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 … Read more

THE JAR (Ebrahim Foruzesh, 1992)
... ... 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 Ebra… Read more

THE KEY (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987)
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 … Read more

THE LEGEND OF LOVE (Farhad Mehranfar, 2000)
"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 t… Read more

THE MIRROR (Jafar Panahi, 1997)
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 sec… Read more

THE NEED (Alireza Davudnezhad, 1991)
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 … Read more

THE PEAR TREE (Dariush Mehrjui, 1998)
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 ret… Read more

THE POSTMAN (Dariush Mehrjui, 1972)
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 count… Read more

THE SILENCE (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998)
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 employ… Read more

THE STRANGER AND THE FOG (Bahram Beizai, 1975)
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 di… Read more

THE TRAVELLERS (Bahram Beizai, 1992)
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 Bas… Read more

THE TREE OF LIFE (Farhad Mehranfar, 1998)
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. Hi… Read more

THE WHITE BALLOON (Jafar Panahi, 1995)
... ... 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, Makmalba… Read more

THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)
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 l… Read more

THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (Abbas Kiarostami, 1994)
... ... 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 No… Read more

Toothache (Abbas Kiarostami, 1980)
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TURTLES CAN FLY (Bahman Ghobadi, 2004)
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 childre… Read more

Two Solutions for One Problem (Abbas Kiarostami, 1975)
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WHITE BALLOON, THE (Jafar Panahi, 1995)
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 wayl… Read more

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