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Iranian Film Festival Australia Returns with its 7th Annual Program
The highly acclaimed Iranian Film Festival (IFFA) returns this October and November to showcase a stunning array of thought provoking Iranian cinema across theatres across Australia.
Now in its seventh year, the Festival opens in Melbourne before travelling to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth before finishing in Canberra on the 19 November.
The only nationwide Australian festival dedicated to Iranian cinema, IFFA, aims to forge a cultural understanding between Iran and Australia, giving cinephiles the chance to experience some of Iran’s most prolific filmmakers.
This year’s program boasts 11 feature films including acclaimed actress Leila Hatami's most recent film, Subdued and the film which launched her career in 1997, Leila as well as Abbas Kiarostami's highly anticipated final completed work, the short film Take Me Home.
Festival Co-Director Anne Démy‐Geroe said this year’s program reflects a strong female presence with a number of female directors and lead characters taking centre stage.
“While the emphasis this year is shining a light on women’s issues, it’s not a tale of the oppressed and submissive. I’m pleased to see a new trend of strong and assertive women making and effecting their own decisions,” Ms Démy-Geroe said.
Festival Co-Director Armin Miladi said Iran is making a major impact on the film world and this years Festival has been carefully curated to showcase the best and most interesting films from the country.
“Some highlights of the jam-packed programme include lsrafil, which comes to IFFA from its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and Breath, Iran’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars.”
For the full list of films, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.iffa.net.au.
Melbourne (26 October – 30 October)
ACMI – Federation Square
Brisbane (2 November -5 November)
New Farm Cinemas
Sydney (9 – 12 November)
Event Cinemas, Top Ryde
Dendy Opera Quays
Adelaide (3 – 6 November)
Perth (16 – 19 November)
Event Cinemas Innaloo
Canberra (18 - 19 November)
NFSA, Arc Cinema
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Films showing at Iranian Film Festival Australia 2017
Subdued (Rag-e Khaab)
Mina (Leila Hatami), recently divorced from her husband, struggles to maintain an independent life with no supportive family. She eventually finds a job in a restaurant. A friendship between her and the manager (Kourosh Tahami) gradually becomes something more. It’s the beginning of a tumultuous emotional journey for Mina.
The Girls House (Khaneye Dokhtar)
Bahar and Parisa are out shopping for their friend’s wedding when they receive a call from a stranger - the bride is dead and the wedding has been cancelled. They contact her fiancé, but he is vague and seems to know nothing. Suspicious, they are determined to uncover the truth.
Leila - 1997 (Retrospective)
Reza (Ali Mosaffa) and Leila (Leila Hatami) are newly married and deeply in love. When they discover that Leila is unable to conceive, Reza's mother convinces her daughter-in-law that Reza must take a second wife to produce a child. Heartbreak follows.
Blockage (Sad-e mabar)
Ghasem, an unsympathetic and opportunistic man, works at the Tehran Municipality, policing illegal street vendors. But he’s about to be fired for corrupt dealings. He’s counting on his wife Akram’s inheritance, to buy a truck, but Akram wants to buy a house so they can move from Ghasem’s father’s home.
Young Bahareh lives in Yazd with her father and her grandmother. It’s turbulent times in the real world - first the Iranian Revolution and then the long and bitter Iran-Iraq war. But Bahareh always has her head in a book and retreats into her own dreams and fantasies to try to make sense of the world around her.
The widowed Mahi (Hadieh Tehrani) loses her only son. Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her, appears at the funeral. The relationship shows signs of resuming but Behrooz now has a much younger fiancé. On the horns of these emotional entanglements the three characters have to make decisions not only about their emotions, but also their future lives.
Negar comes from a wealthy family but her father has been bankrupted. When he dies she does not believe the official cause, a heart attack, and starts to investigate for herself, uncovering some murky secrets.
Take Me Home
Leila (1997) is accompanied by Kiarostami’s final short, Take Me Home
The Home (Ev)
Sayeh has been out of contact with her family since her marriage, but returns home unexpectedly to find her father has passed away and destined for an autopsy. She tries to prevent this and cannot come to terms with his strange will. This directorial debut received the Golden Simorgh for Best Film and Best Script and the NETPAC Award at Fajr 2017.
Walking on String (Rah Raftan Rooye Sim)
A band of young underground musicians dream of having a concert abroad. They prepare everything and intend to leave the country legally but some problems force them to do it.
When Hamed falls into a coma, requiring an organ transplant, his close friends reveal their true selves.
Shahab, Nahal, Hamed, Faramarz, and Nicki have patented an invention and are trying to immigrate to Europe. Three days before their departure, Hamed falls into a coma and requires an organ transplant. The crisis elicits very different ethical responses from each of the others, revealing their true selves.