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Iranian cinema

Iranian Film Critic, Zaven Ghokasian Passes Away at 65

Prominent film critic Zaven Ghokasian passed away on February 20 at the age of 65 in his home in Isfahan following a long battle with stomach cancer. Ghokasian had spent five months in hospital in Austria and underwent stomach surgery in September. On January 27 he finally returned to his hometown of Isfahan. Upon return to Iran he was again  where he was transferred to hospital undergoing more general exams and after about two weeks around February 10 finally he returned home where he had to finally surrender in the battle against cancer. » read more

Award-winning Taxi filmmaker on art and politics in Iran

Jafar Panahi, the winner of this year’s Berlinale Golden Bear prize, responded to statements from the head of Iran’s Cinema Organization about the “political” nature of Panahi’s recognition by the film festival, saying that “for many years the art scene [in Iran] has been haunted by the footsteps of politics”. » read more

Panahi’s award-winning Taxi headed for French screens

Jafar Panahi's film Taxi, the winner of the 65th Berlinale Golden Bear, will hit cinemas in France beginning April 15.

Memento Films reportedly bought the film at Berlin Film Festival for  200,000 euros and will screen the film in cinemas in France. The company was also behind the distribution of Asghar Farhadi's Separation, the Oscar-winning Iranian film. » read more

Iranian film about Muslim prophet finally screened at festival

Majid Majidi’s film Mohammad was finally screened in the last days of the Fajr Festival, a change from earlier plans to open the festival with it. The film, with a $100-million budget, is the most expensive in the history of Iranian cinema. » read more

Film deemed too violent for screening

KIanoosh Ayari’s film Khaneh Pedari (Our Father’s Home), which recently was cleared for public screening after four years, has once again been pulled from cinemas through the intervention of Parliament’s Cultural Commission, which says the film contains “one of most violent sequences in the history of Iranian cinema”. » read more

Minister blocks release of film about expelled student

After persistent pressure from conservative factions in Parliament, the Ministry of Culture and Guidance announced that Reza Darmishian film, I am not Angry was finally blocked from screening through direct intervention of the Culture Minister Ali Jannati. » read more

Culture minister faces heat over films

A group of Iranian MPs is collecting signatures in order to summon Culture Minister Ali Jannati to Parliament for questioning. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Parliament’s Cultural Commission has warned the culture minister that his impeachment will result if eight films, which have already been criticized by the commission, are released. » read more

Explosion on film set kills five, injures others

Five people were killed and two injured in an explosion on the film set of Me’rajiha a new film by Massoud Dehnamaki. » read more

Farhadi’s “The Past” gets Golden Globe nomination

Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, The Past, has been nominated for the best foreign language film at the Golden Globe Awards. » read more

Iranian filmmaker’s cast honoured at Rome festival

The entire cast of the film Acrid (Gass) by Iranian director Kiarash Asadizadeh was awarded the best emerging actor honour at the eighth Rome Film Festival. » read more