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Spotlight | London Iranian Film Festival

16 Nov 2011 10:44Comments

[ spotlight ] The 2d London Iranian Film Festival opens this Friday, November 18, and runs through Saturday, November 26, when prizes will be awarded in four categories: feature film, documentary, short film, and animation. Festival venues include the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, King's College London's Greenwood Theatre, and the French Institute's Ciné Lumière. Eight feature-length dramatic productions will headline the festival (a ninth, A Very Close Encounter, directed by Esmaeel Mihandoust, screened last week):

* Saadat Abad, dir. Maziar Miri (Friday, November 18)
* Mourning, dir. Morteza Farshbaf (Saturday, November 19)
* 3 Women, dir. Manijeh Hekmat (Monday, November 21)
* Gold and Copper, dir. Homayoun Asadian (Tuesday, November 22)
* A Separation, dir. Asghar Farhadi (Thursday, November 24; see Tehran Bureau's review here)
* The Other, dir. Mehdi Rahmani (Thursday, November 24)
* There Are Things You Don't Know, dir. Fardin Saheb-Zamani (Saturday, November 26; pictured on homepage)
* Please Do Not Disturb, dir. Mohsen Abdolvahab (Saturday, November 26)

Among the documentaries that will be presented at the festival, notable entries include:

* Bonjour, Monsieur Ghaffari, dir. Parviz Jahed (Saturday, November 19)
* Tehran Taxi, dir. Bahman Kiarostami, with The Original Certified Copy, dir. Hamideh Razavi (Sunday, November 20)
* Minor and Major, dir. Ali Reza Rasoulinezhad (Monday, November 21)
* Green, White, and Red, dir. Mohammad Reza Hashemian (Friday, November 25)
* This Is Not a Film, dir. Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Friday, November 25; see Tehran Bureau's review here)

A special all-Farsi evening devoted to Ebrahim Golestan, a seminal force in the history of Iranian cinema, will take place on Sunday, November 20. Three short films will be screened, including two of Golestan's classic documentaries: The Hills of Marlik (1963) and The Crown Jewels (1965).

On Wednesday, November 23, there will be a special tribute to Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, who codirected This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and who is currently imprisoned in Iran on charges of illegally collaborating with the BBC. Two of Mirthamasb's documentaries will screen at the event: Back Vocal and Off Beat (both 2004).

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