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"Changing focus exposes middle-class issues in Iranian film festival"

by Nic Price for the Herald Sun

Iniki Saed and Sara Karimi at ACMI where the Iranian Film Festival will screen. Picture: Angie Basdekis

Iniki Saed and Sara Karimi at ACMI where the Iranian Film Festival will screen. Picture: Angie Basdekis

Armin Miladi, co-director of IFFA, which starts on Thursday in the CBD, said that was reflected in this year's program.

It includes the award-winning Padre and The Gardener as well as Snow on Pines from actor-turned-director Payman Maadi, who starred in the critically acclaimed A Separation.

"Iranian cinema was previously about the exotic side of Iran with landscapes and rural settings, but directors have become more concerned about middle-class issues and have moved stories inside homes," Mr Miladi said.

Mr Miladi said government censorship remained a factor in Iran with a number of subjects taboo.

"But filmmakers can usually get around it by being creative," he said.

He said the festival crowd usually comprised about 70 percent Iranians, with 30 percent interested film buffs.

The Iranian Film Festival runs takes over ACMI from this Thursday to Sunday (November 7-10).

Festival director Armin Mladi promised a strong line up, including Snow on Pines from actor-turned-director Payman Maadi, who starred in the critically acclaimed A Separation.

Picture: Angie Basdekis Source: News Limited