3rd London Iranian Film Festival - Preview
Preview by Jack Foley
THE London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK.
The festival aims to produce the best, and most diverse, Iranian films and enjoyed a hugely successful second year that included screenings of Oscar winner A Separation among its line-up.
Taking place from November 19 to 23 at various venues across the capital, including Cine Lumiere and the Apollo Cinema, this year’s event offers 15 films that showcase the quality and diversity of Iranian cinema.
Here Without Me – Yalda is kind, pretty and gentle, but ashamed of her limp, she rarely goes out. When her brother brings home a handsome friend to meet her, Yalda’s shyness and their mother’s eagerness are just two factors in the way of a match.
November 19 – 8pm/Apollo Cinema
Modest Reception – Leila and Kaveh, stylish urbanites from Tehran, are driving through the snowy mountains with millions in cash. Their job: distribute it to the poor. But giving money away is not as easy as you might think. As the pair begin to invent stories to make people accept their charity, the line between generosity and manipulation becomes uncomfortably blurred.
November 20 – 8pm – Greenwood Theater
Hiding In The Open – Short Film – Set in Tehran the young girl goes through a journey of discovery for her self. She wants to capture the world around her with her camera. One day she sees something trough her viewfinder that will change the way she perceives the world around her and the audience proving the world is not always as it seems.
November 20 – Greenwood Theatre
Iran Unveiled and Veiled Again – Documentary
Making use of archival material from Cinecittà Luce (Italy) and my family albums, Iran, Unveiled and veiled again, puts on display the story of Iranian women being covered in veil and uncovered. Before and after the abolition of the veil in 1936 as well as before and after the mandatory reinstitution of the veil in 1979 by revolutionary constitution.
November 20 – Greenwood Theatre
A Cube of Sugar – Pretty, enigmatic Passand is about to marry an ex-pat Iranian and move to America. The groom isn’t coming home for the ceremony, but that doesn’t stop the family from gathering to celebrate. As Passand’s relatives descend on her home, full of joy, banter and ululations, the wedding is about to turn into a funeral… All because of a cube of sugar.
November 21 – 8.40pm – Cine Lumiere
The Iran Job – The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women.
November 22 – Cine Lumiere – London
The Last Step – Feature Film – Director Ali Mostafa plays a character who dies in an accident, but lingers on screen to shadow his wife, a film star, and offer observations about his marriage. Hatami’s presence in the cast could give this literary experiment a lift with the public that such an art film might otherwise not enjoy.
November 23 – 8.40pm – Cine Lumiere
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