12th Iranian Cinema Celebration
Iranian cinema celebration is the most important event of the Iranian cinema after Fajr International Film Festival. Although the celebration is much younger than Fajr Festival, its authorities insist that the event should stay away from politics. Perhaps, for that reason, awards given out during the celebration have been much different from those given in Fajr Film Festival. For example, a film which has been awarded in Fajr Festival because it has been in line with government’s policies is usually snubbed in cinema celebration while another film which has been made according to standards of commercial cinema and has been turned down due to the intellectual air governing Fajr Festival, may be appreciated in cinema celebration.
Heaven, Hell, Purgatory
Bijan Mirbaqeri is one of those directors who has appeared promising to most critics because of two films he has produced thus far. His first film, We Are All Fine (2004), introduced a new narrative method to the Iranian cinema. The film was about a young man who had left his family for years and was living outside the country. Now he asked his family members to make a film of themselves and send it to him through one of his friends. Spectators never see the young man and never know whether the letter has been actually written by him or someone else (because his family has no access to him).
Asghar Farhadi is among talented filmmakers who have started and continued their professional carrier during the past decade. His films appeal to both ordinary audience and critics. After Dance in the Dust (2000) and Shahr-e Ziba (2002), he worked with Mani Haqiqi in his third film, Fireworks Wednesday and they have worked together since that time. Haqiqi helped Farhadi with screenplay of Fireworks Wednesday and Farhadi helped with screenplay of Canaan (Mani Haqiqi).
Pennilessness is the second feature film by Hamid Ne’matollah after his successful production, Boutique (2003). Before making Boutique, Ne’matollah worked as a journalist for a while and then became an assistant to seasoned Iranian director, Massoud Kimiaei. Boutique was an inexpensive film about true situation of the Iranian youth. Main roles were played by Mohammad Reza Golzar and Golshifteh Farahani.
The Postman Doesn't Knock Three Times
Hassan Fathi is a director whose television series have been generally successful, though his single feature film, Marriage, Iranian Style (2004) was not remarkable though it was an office box hit. On the opposite, television series directed by him have been among the most successful series of past years including Brighter than Darkness (about the life and works of Molla Sadra, the great Iranian mystic and philosopher), The Tenth Night (about passion play and mourning ceremony among Iranians), The Zero Degree Circle (about contemporary history of Iran), and...