IFFA 2016, Lecture

Framing A Dynasty

An exploration of the bias cinematic language employed by two expansionist rivals, the British Empire and the Soviet Union, identifies and discusses the available celluloid-based documentation of this dynamic period of current day Iran's not so distant past.

Framing A Dynasty is a lecture presentation of archival footage compiled and presented by Dr Alex Fischer, of the Faculty of Cinematic Arts, Multimedia University, Malaysia

Made possible through the generous support of the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, this exhaustive examination of the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk and the British Pathe film archive provides an up-to-date account of those films that were either shot in Persia or feature members of the Qajar Royal family abroad from 1895 - 1926.

A bloodied man performs a religious ceremony in an bustling outdoor market, skilled hands weave to create an intricate pattern on a yet to be completed carpet and Ahmad Shah Qajar inspects the Royal Fleet with the Duke of York; these are but some of the images uncovered in an in-depth examination of Persia and its people through the lens of early motion picture cameras at the start of the 1900s.




IFFA 2016, Feature Film

The Salesman (Forushande)

Screening Time: 125 mins

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

Year: 2016

Format: Feature / Colour / DCP

Print Source: Memento / Hi Gloss Entertainment

Director: Asghar Farhadi 

Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi

Scriptwriter: Asghar Farhadi

Director of Photography: Hossein Jafarian

Restricted to persons aged 18+ 

Farhadi returns to Tehran for his latest middle class family drama, the genre that he has re-introduced with About Elly and A Separation. A couple, actors by night, must move from their apartment because it is in danger of collapsing. Tehran’s real estate boom. At home one evening in the new apartment the wife lets in a man she assumes is her husband, returning from a rehearsal of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (in which they are both performing). The encounter leaves her wounded and psychologically damaged. And leads to a marriage crisis as her husband relentlessly pursues revenge.

IFFA 2016, Feature Film


Director: Parvis Shahbazi

Producer: Masoud Radaei

Cast: Saghar Ganaat, Saed Soheili, Azarakhsh Farahani, Azadeh Namdari

Scriptwriter: Parvis Shahbazi

Director of Photography: Hooman Behmanesh

Screening Time: 90 mins

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

Year: 2016

Format: Feature / Colour / DCP

Print Source: DreamLab Films


Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult

Malaria from Parviz Shahbazi won the grand prix of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival.

A young girl informs her father that she has been kidnapped and asks him to bring the ransom money to pay for her rescue. Her father and brother’s go to Tehran to look for her, however we find that she has not been kidnapped, rather she is living a vagabond lifestyle - eloped with her boyfriend and hanging out with a band of street musicians. Thus begins filmmaker Parvis Shahbazi’s sixth feature - a movie at once about the need for and difficulty of finding joy in a contradictory society, one, as the filmmaker notes, which is “torn between modernity and tradition.” Following the arrest of the bandleader  and still full of love for her boyfriend, the young girl must tread the uncertain path in-between.  

IFFA 2016, Feature Film

Farewell Analog (Malawa Analog)

Screening Time: 62 mins

Language: Kurdish with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

Year: 2015

Format: Feature / Colour  / DCP

Print Source: Independent, Hiwa Aminnejad

Director: Hiwa Aminnejad

Producer: Hiwa Aminnejad

Cast: Ali Mahmoodian, Sina Fatehi

Scriptwriter: Hiwa Aminnejad

Director of Photography: Hamid Ghavami, Sarkew Misgari


Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult

The film is set in a Kurdish village in the mountains of Iran, close to the border with Iraq. Kak Saee has bought an old analog video camera to record the village life. Despite being opposed by some villagers and even by his own wife, he gets enthusiastic support from the children. Excited by his new mission, Kak Saee is on the lookout for thrilling subjects to attract more audience on Fridays in the village mosque where he presents his videos for a small fee. On the edge of the village lives a hermit who used to be a popular folk singer, but for some reason has stopped singing and even speaking to anyone. Kak Saee becomes determined to have him speak and sing again in front of the camera.  To reach his goal he elaborates different strategies of persuasion but the old man remains stubbornly silent. Kak Saae is even reprimanded by the village elders for his disrespect toward the old man. Frustrated, Kak Saee turns to other thrilling scoops on the village border’s secret activities but he fails to realize that he’s crossing a line with unexpected consequences.

Best Kurdish Feature Film, Duhok Film Festival, 2015 Best Actor, Espahan Film Festival, 2015

IFFA 2016, Feature Film

A Dragon Arrives! (Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!)

Screening Time: 108 mins

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Genre: Thriller

Year: 2016

Format: Feature / Colour / DCP

Print Source: Daricheh Cinema

Director: Mani Haghighi

Producer: Mani Haghighi

Cast: Amir Jadidi, Houmayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

Scriptwriter: Mani Haghighi

Director of Photography: Houman Behmanesh

Restricted to persons aged 18+ 

A mind bending time travel genre mashup, a historical allegory, labels abound when discussing Mani Haghighi’s latest film which begins on the 22nd of January 1965, a quintessentially American chevrolet driving towards a shipwreck in the desert. A prisoner inside has hung himself and we are one day away from the Iranian Prime Minister (real or no) being shot dead outside of the parliament building. Questions abound as a police inspector begins his investigation with the help of a sound engineer and a geologist. Years later, all evidence of the investigation is found in a box - what happened to these men, and why were they arrested?
At it’s core, this is (probably) a story about three men who go to the remote, desertified Iranian island of Qeshm in 1965 to investigate the aftermath of a suicide of a political prisoner.” Screen Daily