Episode #6: Iranian Films at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

Welcome to the sixth episode of the Hello Cinema Podcast. In this month’s edition, Tina and Amir review all the films with an Iranian connection that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Perhaps more than ever before, Toronto’s lineup was generous to fans of Iranian cinema this September, not just showcasing two films produced in the country but also bringing films made in the Diaspora about Iran, by Iranian directors elsewhere in the world, and even one Hollywood film about Iran.

Parviz Parastuyi in Reza Mirkarimi's Today, Iran's submission for the 2014 Academy Awards
Parviz Parastuyi in Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s submission for the 2014 Academy Awards

We focus mostly on two films: Iran’s submission for this year’s Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Reza Mirkarimi’s Today (Emrūz), and the winner of the Best Screenplay award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s Tales (Ghesse-ha). We also discuss Mardan, the first film by Bahman Ghobadi’s brother, Batin, which is filmed in Kurdish; 99 Homes, directed by Ramin Bahrani who co-wrote the film with legendary Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi; and Red Rose, Sepideh Farsi’s confrontational look at the events of 2009’s Green Movement. We also briefly discuss Today’s Oscar chances, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater and our favourite films from TIFF 2014.

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Schedule
Introduction 0:00-1:35
Iran’s Oscar submission 1:35-5:00
Reza Mirkarimi 5:00-10:23
Today 10:24-25:02
Tales 25:03-36-41
Red Rose 36:42-45:48
Mardan 45:49-48:00
99 Homes 48:01-57:48
Final thoughts 57:49-59:53
TIFF Favourites 59:54-1:01:25
Closing 1:01:26-1:02-:02

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Works Cited
Reza Mirkarimi’s Today (Emrūz, 2014) (imdb)
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s Tales (Ghesse-ha, 2014) (imdb)
Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes (2014) (imdb)
Batin Ghobadi’s Mardan (2014) (imdb)
Sepideh Farsi’s Red Rose (2014) (imdb)
Music: “Sonatine” by Maziar Heidari

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