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With Melbourne, the last stop of the nation-wide tour upon us, we recap beautiful Brisbane and announce special guest Q&As! Also in this, the first of two special editions, we highlight old and new darlings of the festival thus far, such as closing night film I am Diego Maradona, the APSA nominated Avalanche and returning favourite Melbourne - plus a film schedule for this weekend's festival!
What a festival it has been so far! We say goodbye to Sydney (where we had five sold out sessions alone) and Canberra while looking forward with excitement to the five action packed days left for Brisbane. Included is the schedule and a note on the Gala opening night at New Farm Cinemas featuring Persian pizza, pomegranate champagne, and live Iranian Jazz. We also announce a special director Q&A behind Brisbane's Friday screening of Death of The Fish as well as a special guest for The Long Farewell screenings in both Brisbane and Melbourne.
The sophistication of contemporary Iranian films is stunning, particularly their depictions of urban middle-class dilemmas.
Does creativity thrive because of the restrictions in place, and how is story-telling changing with the lifting of sanctions?
“Film festivals are a bit like share houses,” says Anne Demy-Geroe, co-founder of the Iranian Film Festival Australia.
In fact, when The Australian first spoke to Demy-Geroe in February to document a year in the life of the IFFA, the festival and her house were for all intents and purposes the same thing.