Iranian Cinema

June 2011

Waheeda Rehman with Iranian Star Fardin (1970)

By |June 9th, 2011|

Waheeda Rehman with Iranian star Fardin in this vintage photo shoot  done in Tehran (Iran) in April 1970. Fardin and Waheeda played the lead in Subha-O-Shyam, released in 1972.  It was perhaps the first Indo-Iranian co-production produced by B. Radhakrishna and Iran’s Abbas Shahabiz. […]

May 2011

The May Lady (1999) – Review

By |May 18th, 2011|

The May Lady is about the tribulations of a 42-year­old divorcee caught between motherhood and womanhood in a society where values are constantly changing. The protago­nist, Forough Kia, is a filmmaker assigned to make a TV documentary on the subject of the perfect Iranian […]

September 2010

Iranian Cinema – “About Elly” leads Iran Cinema Celebration nominees

By |September 7th, 2010|

TEHRAN — Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly” stands on top with eight nominations in the fourteenth edition of the Iran Cinema Celebration awards, announced the secretary of the event in a press release on Tuesday (Aug 24th, 2010).

“About Elly”, which won Farhadi a […]

Children of Heaven (1997)

By |September 4th, 2010|

One of the most successful Ira­nian films in the West, Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. It opens with eight-year-old Ali losing his younger sister Zahra’s newly repaired shoes. To avoid admitting this loss to his […]

Iranian Cinema – Iran Director Banned From Travelling to Venice Fest

By |September 3rd, 2010|

VENICE (Reuters) – Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was released from jail earlier this year, said on Wednesday he was not allowed to leave his home country to attend the Venice film festival.

In a written statement to the festival, where his short […]

June 2010

Mohammad Ali Fardin (1930 – 2000)

By |June 26th, 2010|

A former wrestling champion, Fardin was the biggest star in Iran’s cinema during the 1960s and early 1970s. He acted and sometimes directed films in the luti genre, playing the proletarian rogue with the heart of gold, who rejects Westernization and materialism yet does […]

Niki Karimi

By |June 26th, 2010|

Karimi is an award-winning Iranian ac­tress, film director, and translator. Dariush Mehrjui’s Sara, based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, gave Karimi her first nationally and internationally acclaimed role, an emotionally charged rendering of the title character, Sara, a woman on the verge of […]

Tahmineh Milani (1960 – )

By |June 25th, 2010|

Born in Tabriz, Milani is the ac­claimed director of such well-known woman-centered films as Two Women (1999), The Hidden Half (2001), The Fifth Reaction (2003), and The Unwanted Woman (2005). These films have been controversial in Iran, particularly The Hidden Half, which led to […]

Dariush Mehrjui (1939 – )

By |June 25th, 2010|

Born in Tehran, Mehrjui developed an early interest in music, learning the piano and santur. He came to study cinema at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but abandoned it for a philosophy degree, reputedly disappointed by the UCLA film school’s Hollywood emphasis. […]

May 2010

Abbas Kiarostami

By |May 15th, 2010|

At the end of the 1990s, an international poll of influential critics and curators named Abbas Kiarostami that decade’s most important filmmaker—no mean feat for a self-taught cineaste whose earliest movies were shorts made for Iran’s Centre for the Intellectual Development of Children and […]