This year’s edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival held a retrospective program on Iranian cinema which included screenings of several classic and new films and interviews with filmmakers and scholars. For the Persian readers among you, BBC Persian has written a cover story on the event. If you happen to be attending the festival, there is one more chance to catch up with the program tomorrow and watch Ebrahim Golestan’s rare film, The Crown Jewels of Iran (Ganjine-haye Gohar, 1965):
In Ebrahim Golestan’s beautiful and poetic The Crown Jewels of Iran, he put in a narration that directly criticised kings and their jewels as the empty objects of their pride. Later the Minister of Art and Culture censored the film. The film is remarkably condensed, very beautiful and powerful – the best example of Golestan’s mastery of form and rhythm in a cinema that is both political and poetic.
Reza Dormishian’s I’m Not Angry (Asabani Nistam, 2014), quietly but quickly picking up steam as one of the most acclaimed Iranian films of the year, has won several awards at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival:
“I made this film with a love for Iran and the people of my country,” Dormishian stated during his speech at the awarding ceremony held last night. I’m Not Angry narrates the story of a university student, Navid, whose studies are disrupted due to his activities and beliefs.
Mahnaz Mohammadi, renowned Iranian documentary filmmaker, has been jailed for five years following allegations of espionage. Mohammadi has denied her alleged collaboration against the regime and any involvement with the BBC:
Mohammadi, director of the 2006 award-winning documentary Travelogue, was summoned earlier this month to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison to begin her five-year sentence, initially handed down in October 2012 and later upheld in the appeals court.
On a final note, if you happen to be in the London area on Wednesday July the 2nd, Asia House is hosting a program called “Real Fictions: Unlocking Iranian Cinema”. Rose Issa will be talking about several films, including works by directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Asghar Farhadi, Jafar Panahi and Bahman Ghobadi. Details for the event can be found here.