Thursday, August 21, 2014

IRAN TRIES TO LURE MOVIEGOERS TO FESTIVAL WITH HALF-OFF PRICING

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Although several Iranian films have drawn international acclaim in recent years, ticket sales in the country continue to be weak. Apparently concerned that its upcoming Fajr Film Festival, which opens on Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 10, will draw sparse audiences, organizers Iran Cinema Organization announced on Wednesday that they plan to sell tickets […]

IRAN RESCUES WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The government of Iran has come to the rescue of a film festival devoted to the work of women filmmakers. Now in its seventh year, the Parvin Etesami Film Festival had faced disbandment due to lack of funds, according to the Persian service of the Arab newswire MNA. Festival secretary Maziar Rezakhani was quoted as […]

ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS SUCCESSFULLY BATTLE CONTROVERSIAL FILM

December 4, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Islamic conservatives in Iran have succeeded in having a controversial new film, I Am Mother, revised after staging protests at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Tehran. The film tells the story of a young woman who is raped and kills her assailant. But the rapist’s wife demands revenge under the Islamic law […]

IRANIAN FILMMAKERS BARRED FROM ATTENDING CAIRO FILM FEST

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Iranian films are scheduled to be screened at the 35th Cairo International film Festival during the coming week, but neither director of the two films or anyone else associated with them will be on hand to discuss them or to receive awards if they should win. Iranian news media reported on Thursday that Egypt’s […]

71 COUNTRIES SUBMIT FOREIGN OSCAR ENTRIES — IRAN NOT AMONG THEM

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Iran has made good on its threat to boycott next year’s Academy Awards to protest the Academy’s silence regarding the anti-Islamic video, Innocence of Muslims. Although its planned entry, Reza Mirkarimi’s A Cube of Sugar, was regarded as a probable strong contender for the best foreign language award, it did not appear on the list […]

IT’S NOW DEFINITE: IRAN TO BOYCOTT THE OSCARS

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Iran’s minister of culture has seemingly put an end to discussions about whether the country should boycott next year’s Academy Awards ceremony by stating at the opening of a film festival in Kerman, “I officially announce that we will avoid next year’s Oscars as a serious response to the intolerable insult to the Prophet of […]

IRANIAN DIRECTOR IN PRE-PRODUCTION OF TITANIC 2

September 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Get set for Titanic 2. Only this time it won’t be directed by James Cameron but by the Iranian director, Ali Atshani, according to the Iranian Mehr News Agency. But make no mistake about it, the production intends to be as titanic a production as Cameron’s. “The film requires a gigantic set to be built, […]

IRAN WON’T LET SELECTED FILMS APPEAR AT VENICE

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Iranian government is “currently investigating a plan to boycott this year’s Venice Film Festival,” the Tehran Times reported on Monday. The newspaper indicated tht such a boycott would be in retaliation for “the strong sanctions imposed by the European Union on Iran.” In a statement, Alireza Sajjadpur, an official of the Culture Ministery, noted […]

SON OF IRANIAN DIRECTOR KIAROSTAMI IS PUNISHED

June 1, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The son of famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is the latest filmmaker to find himself disciplined by his country’s authoritarian regime. Bahman Kiarostami, himself a noted cinematographer, editor, and documentary filmmaker, recently had his passport suspended for a year, the elder Kiarostami told the Los Angeles Times. When he asked why, he was told that […]

IRANIAN AUTHORITIES HALT CEREMONY HONORING OSCAR WINNER

March 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Iranian authorities have forced the cancellation of a ceremony to honor Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar for the best foreign language film, A Separation, last month. The victory over a slate of rivals that included one film from Israel had initially been hailed by Iranian officials as a triumph of Iranian cinema. But on […]

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