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Opening & Closing Night Films Announced + Canberra Dates!

I'm Not Angry! to Open IFFA 2014!

Reza Dormishian's I'm Not Angry!, starring Navid Mohammadzadeh and Baran Kosari, will open the festival in every city we're heading to this year! I'm Not Angry! has made waves back in Iran at Fajr and the recent Iranian Critics Awards, where it collected Best Actor. The film has also premiered at the 64th Berlinale and scored three top new talent awards at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival, including Best Film. We're excited to be bringing the Australian premiere of this controversial film to our audience!

This stunning second film from writer-director Reza Dormishian (Hatred, IFFA 2012), is a love story set amidst the Green Movement, the wave of political protests around 2009Setareh (Baran Kosari) and Navid (Navid Mohammadzadeh), an Iranian Kurd, are both political activists who meet at university and participate in political rallies together. But the idealistic and romantic Navid cannot control his anger in the face of corruption and finds himself expelled. After four years of trying to establish himself financially for marriage, he is no closer. The ending is both shocking and unexpected. But the film is not just their story – it shows with stark clarity the effect of the Ahmedinejad years on Iran.

Award winning performances, great music and script, supported by good technical values make this controversial film unmissable.


Fish & Cat to Close IFFA 2014!


Stirring audiences around the globe, Sharam Mokri's Fish & Cat is truly a wonder to behold. Winner of the Special Orizzonti Award for Innovative Content at the Venice Film Festival and Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival, Fish & Cat is sure not to disappoint!

A number of students have traveled 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.


Canberra Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars for IFFA 2014 dates and venues!

Canberra: 3 - 5th October at Capitol Cinemas Manuka

Brisbane: 9th - 12th October at Queensland Multicultural Centre

Sydney: 23rd - 26th October at Dendy Newtown

Adelaide: 30th October - 2nd November at Mercury Cinema

Melbourne: 6th - 9th November at ACMI