Finishing off its 2014 national tour that started in Canberra at the start of October, the 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival hits Melbourne as of today and is opening with the celebrated love story I’m Not Angry! (Asabani Nistam). The festival runs until Sunday at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Here’s a brief bio of the festival as found on their website:
Iranian Film Festival Australia is the only nation-wide Australian festival dedicated to Iranian cinema. Contemporary Iranian cinema is one of the world’s most exhilarating national cinemas. Our aims are to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting of current Iranian cinema, and through cinema to introduce Iranian culture to other Australians, providing a better cultural understanding.
IFFA is an independent non-political, non-aligned and non-religious private organisation run by Anne Démy-Geroe and Armin Miladi. We are NOT supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. We are most definitely committed to an audience comprising both Iranian and non-Iranian members where people can mingle and talk among themselves, leading to a better cultural understanding.
Check the trailers for some of the films on show below and you can see the entire slate and buy tickets here
Fish & Cat (Mahi Va Gorbeh)
Synopsis: A number of students have travelled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kite-flying event during the winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small hut occupied by three cooks who work at a nearby restaurant. The cooks are looking for some meat to cook and there is no one around other than the young students. The film is based on a true story about a restaurant that served minced human flesh for food. An innovative and technically impressive film, shot in a single take and a new way to approach time and space in storytelling.
The Painting Pool (Howze Naghashi)
Synopsis: Maryam and Reza work in the packaging department of a pharmaceutical company. They try to lead a regular life, but for them everything is a challenge – even crossing the street or cooking a pizza. Their young son, Soheil, becomes embarrassed by his mentally challenged parents and starts to spend more and more time with his teacher’s son. When Reza loses his job, Soheil refuses to go home. His parents’ world collapses. This unusual issue is tackled with great sensitivity by director Maziar Miri, who extracts outstanding performances from leads, Shahab Hosseini and Negar Javaherian. A heartrending and remarkable film about a mentally challenged couple fighting for their right to be a family.
Red Carpet (Farshe Ghermez)
Synopsis: Struggling to make it in Iran, actor and director Reza Attaran travels to Cannes in hopes of making it big. He’s looking to pass on some ideas to festival director Steven Spielberg, as well as rub shoulders with such American greats as Woody Allen. He soon realizes how distancing and difficult being a “nobody” can be at a major festival and has to become more inventive to get himself onto the coveted red carpet. A fish-out-of-water story that’s sure to get a few laughs, while commenting on the state of fame in today’s film industry.
Kami’s Party (Mehmouniye Kami)
Synopsis: Kami’s Party follows two very different car trips to a party that’s being held cross-country. Nazanin has killed her sister Negin’s boyfriend, Omid. Before she can dispose of the body, Negin takes the car she has hidden him in. Nazanin goes after her but Negin won’t stop and wait. Negin unknowingly flirts with the danger of being discovered going through checkpoints and picking up hitchhiker, Armin. A true road movie with sinister undertones, and gives a look into the lives of rich young Iranians.
THE 4TH IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF AUSTRALIA runs NOVEMBER 6 – NOVEMBER 9, 2014 in MELBOURNE @ ACMI