Cinema Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:04:31 +0000 en-gb 'I Dance with God' wins top Canadian award Iranian film 'I Dance with God', directed by Houshang Mirzaee, won the award for Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes at Calgary International Film Festival in Canada.

According to Iran Daily, the flick depicts the life of an old blind man, Kak-Ali Badri, from Paveh, Kermanshah Province. He is a tailor who goes about his job despite physical disability. He has also managed to save up enough to buy a beautiful garden in which he plants fruit trees. The man has a lively spirit full of passion for life.

The flick had earlier attended several festivals and won the Best Documentary award at the 9th Jahorina Film Festival in Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina which was held in August as well as the Special Audience Prize at the MiradasDoc International Documentary Film Festival in Spain.

Calgary International Film Festival was founded in 2001 in Canada. The event screens films in five categories of Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Education and Performance on the theme of disability or works created by disabled people.


Cinema Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:56:12 +0000
Camerimage Festival to honor creators of Iranian biopic “Mohammad”“mohammad”“mohammad”

The Poland-based highly prestigious Camerimage festival is scheduled to praise the director and cinematographer of the Iranian film Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), the Messenger of God, in a Friday ceremony.


According to Tasnim news agency, the festival’s website said “This year, the Outstanding Cinematic Duo Award is presented to two outstanding artists - Director Majid Majidi and (three-time Oscar-winning Italian) Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro - for creating the remarkably important film Mohammad: The Messenger of God.”

The many years of cooperation between Majidi and Storaro culminated in a film which includes both epic battle scenes and reflective scenes that bring the viewer closer to the essence of Islamic spirituality by showing the most important moments in the life of the protagonist and the people that surrounded him.

Drawing on the tradition and iconography of Islam, but also on the Qur’an and many historical sources, Majidi and Storaro render the beauty and splendor of sixth-century Mecca in an exceptionally suggestive manner.

They create a vibrant story about cherishing other human beings, forbearance, and love. Mohammad: The Messenger of God is a bold and expressive voice on an extremely important contemporary topic.”

This is the first part of the planned trilogy that tells the story of the life of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny). The film presents his childhood years and helps explain the roots of the Muslim religion and its message, which revolves around tolerance and love for fellow human beings.

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage, which is held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, is a festival dedicated to cinematography and its creators, the cinematographers.

In a session on Wednesday night, “Mohammad, the Messenger of God” was screened in the festival with Majidi and Storaro in attendance.

The film premiered in cinemas across Iran on August 26, and attracted a large number of audiences.


Cinema Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:58:57 +0000
Iran's 'Stripy' on preliminary Oscar list

An Iranian animation 'Stripy', directed by Babak and Behnood Nekooei, was among 60 films nominated for Academy Award 2016.


According to Mehr News Agency, 10 flicks will eventually be selected from the list in the final lineup.

The flick earlier participated in 55th Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Brazil’s film festival. It also received the Honorary Diploma at the 9th Tehran’s International Animation Festival.

The Iranian animation is made based on the classic music of Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5.

The four-minute animation narrates the story of a factory worker who is obliged to do routine activities, but suddenly decides to give up his regular job.



Cinema Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:55:20 +0000
'Elegy' on Academy Awards’ shortlist’-shortlist’-shortlist

Iranian short film 'Elegy', directed by Yousef Kargar, was nominated to the 2016 Academy Awards after winning the Jury Award for Best Foreign Short at the 3rd Summer Slam Film Festival (SSFF) 2015 in Texas, the US.


According to Iran Daily, 'Elegy', which competed with films from the US, Australia, Germany, Canada, Greece, the UK and Bulgaria, managed to grab the attention of 16 filmmakers and critics who honored the film with the Jury Award for Best Foreign Short during the closing ceremony of the festival on October 3.

Films which have won SSFF awards will not only gain prestige and financial support, but can also qualify for the 2016 Annual Academy Awards.

'Elegy', produced by the Orumieh office of Iranian Youth Cinema Society, depicts the story of an old man who has been waiting for the return of his missing son for 25 years.

Kargar's production has been screened internationally in a number of festivals including those in the US, Tanzania, Italy, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia.

The Summer Slam Film Festival was held on September 26-27.


Cinema Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:09:28 +0000
Majidi’s ‘Mohammad’ to represent Iran at the Oscars’s-‘mohammad’-to-represent-iran-at-the-oscars’s-‘mohammad’-to-represent-iran-at-the-oscars

The movie “Mohammad: The Messenger of God” by Iranian Director Majid Majidi has been chosen for the 88th edition of the Oscars.


According to Press TV, the epic movie, which chronicles the childhood of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon his and his progeny), is to represent Iran in next year’s Academy Awards for best foreign film section.

The decision was made after a series of extensive talks and discussions in the Iranian committee of cinema experts in charge of selecting the country’s official submission to next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Being the most expensive film in the history of Iranian cinema with a partly state-funded budget of nearly $40 million, it has attracted crowds to cinemas across the country and garnered nearly $2 million since its release in late August.

Majidi has said the aim of his film is removing the “violent image” of Islam created by Takfiri groups.

A number of internationally-acclaimed cinematic figures, including Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor and filmmaker Scott E. Anderson, three-time Oscar-winning Italian director of photography Vittorio Storaro and renowned Croat production designer Milijen Kreka Kljakovic, cooperated in making the film; and Academy Award-winning Indian music composer Allah-Rakha Rahman has also composed the music for the movie.

It is Majidi’s second nomination at the Oscars. His “The Children of Heaven” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998.


Cinema Sun, 27 Sep 2015 06:04:58 +0000
'Track 143' wins two Russian awards

Iranian Director Narges Abyar bagged the 'Best Director' award for the film 'Track 143' while Merila Zarei won the 'Best Actress' for her role in the same flick in the 8th International East-West Film Festival in Orenburg, Russia which was held from September 12-18, 2015.


The flick is a screen adaptation of Abyar's novel titled 'The Third Eye' that narrates the story of a woman during Iran's Sacred Defense (1980-88 Iraqi-imposed war on Iran).

The movie tells the story of a mother waiting for her son who has been missing in Pre-operation Valfajr during Iran-Iraq war in 1980-88. She looks forward to her son's return for many years until she finally receives his bones brought to her in a coffin instead.

The festival selects films which tell the story of how Europe and Asia — East and West — meet in a manner of cinematic productions.

The film had earlier won Special Jury Award for Best Actress at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Australia, as well as the Audience Award for Best Film at annual Reel Sydney Festival of World Cinema.


Cinema Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:19:41 +0000
Iraq’s Cultural Center in Tehran to screen film about 8-year war on Iran’s-cultural-center-in-tehran-to-screen-film-about-8-year-war-on-iran’s-cultural-center-in-tehran-to-screen-film-about-8-year-war-on-iran

The Iraqi Cultural Center in Tehran is set to screen for the first time a film about the eight-year war imposed by the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam on the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 1980s.


According to Press TV, the movie, titled “Until Ahmed Returns,” was produced by Iranian filmmakers in cooperation with their Iraqi counterparts. It will be shown to an audience of officials and diplomats from several dozen countries on Monday in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Mudhafer al-Rubai, the Head of Iraq’s Cultural Center in Tehran, told reporters on Saturday that the film, which will be screened at his country’s mission in the Islamic Republic, “aims to tell the story of brotherhood between the Iraqi and Iranian soldiers during the war.”

Rubai further said Iran and Iraq share a similar culture and heritage, stressing that “we work together to safeguard this culture that represents both” neighboring nations.

He added our message is to show close cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad and to strengthen cultural relations between the two nations, especially through film-making.

Supported by regional and international powers, the Saddam regime invaded Iran via land and air in September 1980. The war that followed lasted for eight years and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.


Cinema Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:42:59 +0000
Iran’s ‘Absolute Rest’ warmly welcomed in Australia’s-‘absolute-rest’-warmly-welcomed-in-australia’s-‘absolute-rest’-warmly-welcomed-in-australia

‘Absolute Rest’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Abdolreza Kahani has been warmly welcomed by Australian cinema-lovers.


According to Press TV, Kahani’s production experienced a successful screening in the cities of Brisbane and Melbourne over the past two weeks.

The Head of Cineport Film Distribution Institute Armin Miladi said “We are happy to see that a social drama focusing on the problems of women has been so well received.”

He added that Kahani’s success shows the exalted position of the Iranian cinema among international film-enthusiasts and the Iranian audience living abroad.

‘Absolute Rest’ recounts the story of a woman who leaves her hometown with her child after getting a divorce, but her ex-husband does everything he can to force her to go back.

The film is also scheduled to be screened in Sidney as well as the US cities of Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.

Abdolreza Kahani began his film career at the age of 15 and made his first short film, ‘The Smile’ in 1988. ‘Empty Hands,’ ‘Twenty,’ ‘Dance with the Moon,’ ‘Adam’ and ‘Over There’ are Kahani's other productions.

Kahani has won numerous national and international festivals including the Golden Alexander award of the 2008 Thessaloniki International Film Festival as well as the Special Jury Prize and the Prize of Ecumenical Jury award of the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


Cinema Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:14:18 +0000
Iran's 'Painting Pool' on screen in Australia

An Iranian flick, 'Painting Pool', directed by Maziar Miri and produced by the Art Center, is on screen at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival from June 23 to July 12.


Publicly screened in 2013, 'Painting Pool' received UNESCO Award at the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

According to Iran Daily quoting Mehr news agency, it narrates the story of a couple, Maryam and Reza, who are different from normal people and face a big challenge in proving to others that they have resolved their differences through the miracle of love.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival began in 1997 to showcase a large range of independent feature films, documentaries, short films and experimental works. The event is held every July in Perth, Western Australia and is regarded as one of the best independent film festivals in Australia.


Cinema Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:47:23 +0000
Iranian filmmaker wins Lenzing award at Festival of Nations

An Iranian film 'Cut', directed by Reza Jamali won Lenzing award at the 43rd Festival of Nations in Austria.


Meanwhile, according to Iran Daily, production manager of Iran's Young Cinema Society Hassan Dezvareh was selected as a member of the event's international jury.

The film recounts the story of an old man who makes up his mind to finish his incomplete film after 20 years.

The Festival of Nations is the most important international festival for non-commercial short films in Austria which was held on June 12-18 in Lenzing, Austria.

The festival is a week-long celebration of the world's best non-commercial film. Entries should be up to 30 minutes long and completed in the last two years. A pre-selection team picks a shortlist and an international jury watches those with the audience over the week, discussing them on stage with the filmmakers and audience two or three times a day.

Earlier, 'Cut' was awarded at the 67th Amateur International Film Festival (UNICA) in Slovakia.


Cinema Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:18:11 +0000