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
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
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
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
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.