The Persian Film Festival is back
The 4th Persian Film Festival is back and showcasing the best of Iranian Cinema and the Persian world. Over four days the festival offers its viewers a line up of 22 films including features, documentaries, short films and animations.
The festival opens with Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s highly acclaimed and award winning The President, the opening feature of side-bar at Venice-Orizzonti Film Festival in 2014. This satirical film about a dictator’s life will be a highly anticipated Australian premiere.
The closing night film, Abdolhassan Davoodi’s Crazy Castle, a multi award winning and highly acclaimed film in Iran’s Fajr Film Festival 2015, takes viewers into urban Tehran as a young group from an online community meet and go on an unforgettable life-changing adventure.
In between, the festival has a line-up of diverse programs including a number of documentaries. There is, Alexandra Bombach & Mo Scarpelli’s Frame by Frame which follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves; Mehdi Ganji’s I want to be a King a quirky documentary that follows Abbas, a man in the provinces of Iran who runs a successful eco-tourism business and has an ambitious dream of creating a new tribe of his own and becoming the sovereign; and a special screening of Love Marriage in Kabul, winner of Audience Choice Award at Sydney Film Festival 2014, which doubles as a fundraiser with all its profit going to Mahboba’s Promise, the Afghan Charity organization that features in the film.
In addition, this year the festival will also bring a line-up of some of Iran and Afghanistan’s top films, including A Few Cubic Meters of Love, which was the official selection for the Oscars, Block 9 Exit 2, and The Ride.
The 2015 program also includes Q&A sessions with filmmakers from Iran, USA and Australia.
More information and full program details are available at www.persianfilmfestival.com