Monday, July 15, 2024

A Portrait of My Mother: Filmmaker Massoumi Screens New Documentary

Trailer courtesy of Nariman Massoumi. By Tara Biglari The British-Iranian filmmaker Dr. Nariman Massoumi pays a moving tribute to his mother Manijeh in a half-hour documentary screened recently at London’s Royal Anthropological Institute. “How do you see...

Tough Realities of Life In Iran Are Highlighted in London Festival of Films By...

By Ahmad Rafat The first festival of documentaries, short films, and animation by Iran-based female directors was recently held in London. The two-day festival was co-organized by the Persia Educational Foundation (established in 2016) and...

Filmmaker Hassan Nazer’s ‘Winners,’ UK’s Submission for the Oscars, Is Released in Cinemas

By Firouzeh Nabavi Scottish-Iranian director Hassan Nazer’s movie “Winners” (“Barandeha”) -- the UK’s submission for this year’s Academy Award for Best International Feature – has recently been released in UK movie theaters.  The movie was...

Empty Chair for Jailed Iranian Director at Venice Film Fest

By Crispian Balmer VENICE, Sept 9 (Reuters) - An empty chair stood in for Iranian director Jafar Panahi at Venice on Friday as the festival hosted the world premiere of his latest movie "No Bears" while...

At Sundance Festival, Directors Maryam Keshavarz, Noora Niasari Win Audience Awards

By Firouzeh Nabavi Two female directors of Iranian descent – Maryam Keshavarz and Noora Niasari – won audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which ended Sunday. https://twitter.com/iraniansinfilm/status/1619062770141634560?cxt=HHwWgIDRtdzAiPgsAAAA “The Persian Version,” directed by Keshavarz –...

Iranians Win Awards at Venice Film Festival; Keep Silent on Afkari Execution

By Ahmad Rafat Iranian films were among the winners of the 77th International Venice Film Festival, which ran from 2 to Sept. 12 -- and was the first international film festival to be held with...

Shirin Neshat Presents Movie in Venice, Opens Photography Show in London

By Nazanine Nouri Shirin Neshat -- who in 2009 won the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion best-director award for “Women Without Men” -- was back at this year’s festival for the premiere of a movie...
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Another Oscar for Iran? Farhadi’s ‘Salesman’ Is Nominated, But He’ll Skip the Awards

Asghar Farhadi became the first Iranian in history to win an Oscar: for his drama "A Separation," which took the prize for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. He may win another Oscar this...
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From Shakespeare to Stalin: Actor Paul Chahidi Stars on Film and Stage

It’s a late summer afternoon somewhere in west London. Paul Chahidi has just come off the set of “The Death of Stalin” – an upcoming movie focusing on the power struggles that preceded the...

Producer of Iranian Horror Movie Armin Amiri Says the Genre Has Potential

By Fred Parvaneh Iranian-born Armin Amiri is an American movie actor, producer, restaurateur and a former New York City club owner known for its toughest rope policy. Amiri is best known for his supporting roles in...