Dhaka festival to hold retrospective of Iranian filmmaker Puran Derakhshandeh

Monday, September 21, 2020

Dhaka festival to hold retrospective of Iranian filmmaker Puran Derakhshandeh

The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival will hold a retrospective of Iranian filmmaker Puran Derakhshandeh in January 2021. 

Derakhshandeh, mostly known for her great attention to major social problems in Iranian society, will attend the festival that will take place in the capital of Bangladesh.

A number of Derakhshandeh’s award-winning movies, including “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream”, “Under the Smokey Roof”, “Eternal Children” and “Serial Dream”, will be reviewed during the festival. She is scheduled to attend question and answer sessions that will be held after each screening.

Derakhshandeh graduated in film directing in 1975 from the Advanced School of Television and Cinema in Tehran. She started her professional career by making documentary films for IRIB channels in Kermanshah and Tehran.

Necessary preparatory work for the first-ever hybrid edition (having virtual as well as physical screenings) of the Dhaka International Film Festival is already underway.

During this 19th edition of the festival, the organizers plan to screen about 200 films from around 60 countries in various categories, including the Asian Cinema Section, Bangladesh Panorama Section, Cinema of the World Section, Children Films Section, Women Filmmakers Section, Short and Independent Films Section and Spiritual Films Section.

The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival organized by the Rainbow Film Society, will be held in Dhaka from January 16 to 24, 2021. The screenings will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Star Cineplex, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium and Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium.



Movies from Iran to compete in Brazil It’s All True festival

Three movies by Iranian filmmakers will be screened in the 25th It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival, which will open on Thursday in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Coup 53”, a co-production from Iran, the UK and the USA directed by Taqi Amirani, “Filmfarsi”, a co-production between Iran and the UK by Ehsan Khoshbakht, and “Asho” by Jafar Najafi are the films selected to be screened at the event also known as É Tudo Verdade.

While making a documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953, Amirani and editor Walter Murch find an extraordinary and never before seen archive. Documents and 16mm footage recount this story in unprecedented detail, with explosive revelations about secrets hidden for 66 years. From a historical documentary about four days in August 1953, the film becomes a living investigation that exposes the roots of Iran’s volatile relationships with the United Kingdom and the USA.

“Filmfarsi” is a personal journey through the history of popular, pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema. It unveils a rarely seen Iran. Almost 100 films, some prospected among the director’s collection of VHS tapes, are compiled to construct a portrait of a society in rapid transformation. “Filmfarsi” reveals a cinema of excitement, action and great emotions, a challenging mirror for a country that struggled to conciliate religious traditions and the turbulent modernity of Western influences.

“Asho” is about a little shepherd interested in cinema. The routine with his herd is challenging, but the passion for Hollywood and acting allows his dreams to mix in with real life. Asho and a girl, who were promised for marriage since they were small, as dictated by tradition in his village, try to ignore love with their childish tenacity.

Dozens of documentaries from around the world have been chosen to be screened in the It’s All True festival, which will end by honoring winners on October 4.




“The Wasteland” awarded as best film in Venice’s Orizzonti section

Iranian film “The Wasteland” directed by Ahmad Bahrami was awarded as the best film in the Venice International Film Festival's Orizzonti section.

The synopsis of “The Wasteland” reads, “A remote brick manufacture factory produces bricks in an ancient way. Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as go-between for the workers and the boss. Boss Lotfollah has gathered all the workers in front of his office. He wants to talk to them about the shutdown of the factory. All matters now to Lotfollah is to keep Sarvar unharmed, the woman he has been in love with for a long time.”

The 77th Venice International Film Festival took place at Venice Lido from 2 - 12 September 2020.



Ruhollah Zamani wins Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor

Ruhollah Zamani, the young actor of Iranian film “Sun Children” directed by Majid Majidi won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 77th Venice Film Festival.

The special award for young talent was awarded to Rouhollah Zamani by Cate Blanchett as jury president of the event but Zamani was unable to attend the festival after testing positive for coronavirus.

"Sun Children" tells a story of 12-year-old Ali and his three friends. Together, they work hard to survive and support their families, doing small jobs at a garage and committing petty crimes to make fast money.



Resistance Int’l FilmFest announces documentary films in “Health Defenders” section

Iran’s 16th Resistance International Film Festival announced the names of the documentary films in “Health Defenders” section.

The films of this section are as follows

“When Kindness Becomes Epidemic” by Alireza Baqeshti, “The Jihadist Torch Owners” by Somayeh Haji Ahmadi, “Prominent Efforts” by Abolqasem Abotorabi Zaarchi, “Amini Langroudi Hospital” by Mohammad-Reza Hosseinzadeh, “That Night” by Mahdi Amini and Javad Yaqmouri, “In the Privacy of the Night” by Mahdi Amini and Javad Yaqmouri, “Mother’s Homework” by Mahdi Amini and Javad Yaqmouri, “Kindness Without Borders” Mahdi Amini and Javad Yaqmouri, “Razm Ahang” by Shahroukh Keyvan Nia,

“The Special Operation” by Hojatollah Edalat Panah, “All for All Together” by Mohammad Rafiee, “Parvanegi” by Mohammad Jafar Baqeri Nia, “Mask” by Leila Rostami Shokouh, “The Block 65” by Seyed Vahid Hosseini Nami, “The Breathtaking” by Ali Karami, “The School Children” by Mohammad Rafiee, “The Farewell Ceremony” by Mostafa Baqri, “Name Nick” by Fatemeh Aqa Mohammadi, “Pakban”  by Fatemeh Aqa Mohammadi,  “Becoming First” by Fatemeh Aqa Mohammadi , “Coronavirus in Paradise” by Mahboubeh Aqa Nouri, “Standing in the Dust” by Elnaz Qaderpour, , “The Narrative of Patience I” by Nasrin  Goudarzi and Mehdi Mohammadi, “Documentary of Dr. Tahmasebi Amol Martyrdom” by Nasrin Goudarzi, “Nurse of Bani Hashem Hospital” by Farshid Faraji, The Kitchen of Moddares Hospital” by Farshid Faraji, “The Midwifery” by Farshid Faraji, “Observance of Five Simple Protocol” by Fereydoun Jafarianfar, “23 People” by Ali Motaki, “Social Distance” by Erkan Özcan, “Portugal Coronavirus Documentary” by Carlos A. Costa, “Italy Lockdown: how the coronavirus has forever changed our lives” by Carla Falzone, Sacha Biazzo, Simone Giancristofaro Carmine Benin casa, “Learning In The Time of Corona,” by Jasmine Ng Qian Yi, “Thanks the Heroes” by Syed Muhammad Hassan Zaidi, “So close, So far” by Komeil Soheili”, “A Mask for Everyone” by Faroqhi Anna Peretz Haim, “From the Window” by Anzhelika Grigorieva, “22nd of April” Cesare Maglioni.

The festival has initiated the “Health Defenders” category in collaboration with the Health Ministry in honor of the medical workers on the front lines of the campaign against COVID-19.

Films focusing on the endeavor’s health workers have made during the pandemic will be competing in this section.

International Resistance Film Festival will be held on September 21st to 27th, coinciding with the Sacred Defense Week covering the sections "Health Defenders" and 21st to 27th November in section’s "Main Competition", "Resistance Prominent Martyr - Special Section", "Best Film Competition in Absolute Sense" and" Narrations of Pen - Scriptwriting Competition.



'Silent House' to vie at DMZ Intl. Documentary FilmFest

Iranian documentary 'Silent House' by Farnaz Jourabchinan and Mohammad Reza Jourabchian will compete at the 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in South Korea.

'Silent House' is about a family in Tehran whose lives are depicted in decades. Produced by Elaheh Nobakht, the documentary is the only representative of Iran in this edition of the festival.

In this section of the Docs DMZ Festival, sixteen Asian projects from Iran, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan have been selected to compete for funding.

The Korean Demilitarized Zone, DMZ is the only demilitarized zone in the world. After the settlement of the armistice in 1953, the Demilitarized Zone has been created. It is the leading documentary film festival in Asia with the theme of peace, communication, and life.

Some 122 films from 33 countries are taking part in this festival. The event kicked off of September 17 and will be finished on September 24 in Goyang, South Korea.



Iranian teenager ranks 1st at Intl' painting contest

Iranian teenager Parnian Khosroabadi won an award at the sixth international exhibition of Asian children painting in China.

Parnian Khosroabadi, 12, member of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Esfarayen, northeastern Iran has won the first title at the sixth international exhibition of Asian children painting in China.

The sixth international exhibition of Asian children painting with the theme of peace, childhood pleasure, meeting was held in Chinese city of Benxi, aiming at expanding cultural and artistic relations between Asian children and establishing an appropriate ground for promoting friendship in the future.

Some 439 paintings of seven countries of the world competed in this exhibition.



2020 GITEX to introduce Iranian innovations to global market

A number of Iranian knowledge-based firms and startups will participate in GITEX, a technology exhibition in Dubai which will be held from 6 to 10 December in order to introduce their innovative products to the global market.

The 40th international exhibition of electronics, computers, and E-Commerce in West Asia called GITEX Technology Week will be held from 6 to 10 December in Dubie, UAE.

Iranian knowledge-based firms and startups will participate in the 'future stars' section of this fair in order to exhibit their creative products to attract international investors and make an opportunity to cooperate with other global startups who will attend the event.

Selected Iranian teams who will depart for Dubi, are supported by the Innovation and Prosperity Fund and the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology.