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Iranian Film Festival

Iranian Film Festival is an event that took place between 16-Feb-2001 and 22-Feb-2001 in Hyderabad.
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Iranian films? Let's guess the first picture that your mind conjures up - Arabian night marketplaces with full-length white-robed men and black-burkha-clad women forming the cast, and you just can't think of what they might have for a theme. Can't be romance (you need to be able to see the women to romance them, right?), can't be politics (the Imam wouldn't like it at all), can't be sex (unless the maker was dying for a fatwa), can't be action (in those robes?)… That just leaves kids' films. That's right, maybe Aesop's fables and, of course, Arabian Night tales, right?

Well, to an extent. Iranian films have very thin story lines woven around tiny slices of the realities of life, but they leave a lasting impression on viewers. They are amazingly popular all over the world, and that is due to this characteristic simplicity of theirs'. And the credit goes to a small but extremely talented group of film makers like Dariush Mehrjui, Bahram Beizai, Abbas Kiarostami, Majid Majidi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Amir Naderi and Pouran Derakhshandeh. Iranian films have a long lasting history. The earliest moving pictures were photographed by Khan Akkabashi in 1901, and in 1925 Matazadi cinematographed the coronation of Reza Khan. Interestingly, the first Persian talkie was produced in India in 1931. The history is punctuated by lengthy quiet intervals, and, after a lull from 1937 to 1948, the Persian audience once again began to enjoy the art of cinema.

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran, the Iranian film festival is happening for a 10-day period. Hyderabadis will be able to see some outstanding and internationally acclaimed Iranian films presented by the Hyderabad Film Club in collaboration with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Delhi; the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hyderabad; and National Film Archives of India, Pune.

The movies to be shown during the festival period are as follows:

16-02.2001 - The Actor (1993) at 6.30pm.
17-02-2001 - Cease-Feud (1993) at 6.00pm and Lost Time (1990) at 8.15pm.
18-02-2001 - The Actor (1993) at 5.00pm (Repeat Screening), Close-Up (1990) at 6.00pm, and Under The Roofs Of The City (1990) at 8.15pm.
19.02.2001 - In the Wind's Eye (1989) at 6.00pm and Scare Crow (1985) at 8.15pm.
20.02.2001 - Savalan (1990) at 6.00pm and Cease-Feud (1993) at 8.15pm (Repeat Screening).
21.02.2001 - May Be Some Other Time (1988) at 5.00pm and Where Is The Friend's Home? (1989) at 8.15pm.
22.02.2001 - Missing (1986) at 6.00pm and Close-Up (1990) at 8.15pm (Repeat Screening).

In the meanwhile, the Hyderabad Film Club is looking for the sponsors and co-sponsors for this 10-day Iranian Film Festival. The budget for this festival will be around Rs. 1.5 lacs. Sponsors' name / brand will be prominently displayed on all the publicity material like posters, brochures, stickers, invitations, dais background, banners etc. And HFC-organized events are bound to attract abundant media attention, thus giving the sponsors significant mileage in the press and on television. Interested sponsors/co-sponsors can get in touch with Prakash Reddy at 373-0265.
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