Iranian Film Festival 2016


Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival

The Edinburgh Iranian Festival, which runs every two years in the capital, has announced dates for a stand-alone Iranian film season at the Filmhouse: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February.

Such was the success of the run of eight films screened within the course of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival in February 2015, organisers have responded to popular demand with another five feature films showing this February.

The selection of films, curated by Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Senior Lecturer in Persian and Film studies at the University of Edinburgh, centres on the theme of masculinity, alienation and the family.

Four of the five films are UK premiers, and the remaining film is a Scottish premiere.

This film season opens with the screening of Majid Barzgar’s latest film, A Very Ordinary Citizen, co-written with the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Following the warm reception of Barzgar’s UK premier, Parviz, during last year’s Edinburgh Iranian Festival, Barzgar once again turns his camera to the understudied isolation of men living in a patriarchal society. This opening film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Other titles being featured include Today, directed by Reza Mirkarimi; A Minor Leap Down dir. Hamed Rajabi; For A Rainy Day dir. Faezeh Azizkhani; and Atomic Heart dir. Ali Ahmadzadeh.

The season’s curator, Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, said: “We have a fantastic line-up of films, from the forefront of Iranian cinema. With all but one of the films never seen by UK audiences before, Edinburgh cinema-goers have a real treat in store.”

“A focus on Iran often comes with much commentary on the nation’s women, and there’s a tendency to imagine men as a homogenous group striving to protect and enforce the patriarchal system. Cinema, however, is the ideal lens through which to examine these constructions of masculinity, hence the theme of the season.”

The season begins on Friday 19th February 2016 and runs for 3 days until Sunday 21st. Tickets are available directly from the Filmhouse cinema. Full details of all films and timings can be found both on the Filmhouse website and on the Edinburgh Iranian Festival website:

Thanks to Mona Vaghefian from Edinburgh Iranian Festival for the information for this post. The Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival is just part of the Festival proper! I attended some events at last year’s Festival and will definitely be going again this year; there’s simply a wonderful range of things to attend including talks, concerts, exhibitions and even cookery demonstrations! Keep an eye on for details!

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