Iranian Film Festival Australia

Welcome to the third IFFA 2013, Khosh Amadid!

Iranian cinema continues to be a strong one, producing many high quality films, and the Iranian Film Festival is back again in October / November.

 Last year we screened many new indies, including The Last Step, hot from its Karlovy Vary debut, and Hatred, straight from Montreal FF, through to the very popular Here Without Me and the Audience Award winner, Facing Mirrors, which has won many other awards before and since.

In 2013 we start again from Brisbane (our hometown) and then we screen in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide, thanks to the support of our loyal venues and you, our audiences! And we are proud to present the 2013 programme, one as strong as, if not stronger than, previous editions.

We open the festival with writer/actor/director Payman Maadi's directorial debut, Snow on Pines starring the ever-popular Mahnaz Afshar. With Parviz, we screen another great indie title from Majid Barzegar, the director of Rainy Seasons (IFFA 2011). Leila Hatami returns for the third year in Meeting Leila, from director Adel Yaraghi and co-writer Abbas Kiarostami. Hot from its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, arrives The Wedlock, the second feature from Rouhollah Hejazi, director of the controversial The Private Life of Mr and Mrs M.  The Wedlock features a knock-out performance from the luminescent Taraneh Alidoosti (About Elly).

 We are also screening the latest films from three big names in Iranian cinema - Jafar Panahi's Berlinale Silver Bear winner, Closed Curtain; Bahman Ghobadi'sRhino Season; and the Australian premiere of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's controversial The Gardener (you asked for this last one!). Ali Asgari's 2013 Official Cannes Selection short film More Than Two Hours will make a special screening appearence with Closed Curtain.

There is a wonderful pair of documentaries from Loghman Khaledi, Nessa and Moving Up, both set in Kermanshah.

And finally, a great treat with the first film from the great Behram Beza'i - the pre-Revolutionary Downpour (1972). The newly restored print comes from Martin Scorcese’s World Cinema Foundation.

Read more about each film in our Films section and register for the newsletter to get articles and news of additional events. We look forward to seeing you somewhere at IFFA in October / November! 

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