films travel to 14 countries in 2008
Thanks to the new generation
of directors, actors and actresses who have
appeared on the stages of Persian cinema after
the 1979 Islamic revolution, the Iranian cinema
is flourishing everyday and gaining considerable
credit in a rapid movement toward international
It is said that Iran is a cradle of arts and
cultural endeavors because of its historical
backgrounds and 7500 years of recorded civilization;
this is almost right because of the outstanding
personalities that the country presented to
the world. Mevlana, Ferdowsi, Hafez and Rudaki
are among them as the greatest Persian poets
ever, but the matter of modern arts differs
The Iranian cinema was unknown
and isolated in the world in past 50 years due
to the disgraceful and passive behavior of Persian
kings under the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties.
They paid neither attention to nor made nvestments
in the modern arts like music, cinema and theater.
Rather, they wasted the national budget for
unnecessary abroad travels and their own "wining
and dining" and this lead to a long-term
retardation of arts and culture in Iran.
After the revolution of 1979, the
attention and interest toward the culture and
arts in Iran arose again and the artists found
valuable opportunities to present their works
in international fairs, exhibitions and festivals.
Since that time, Iranians succeeded to win several
international awards and prizes in cultural
and artistic fields, the Nobel peace prize for
Shirin Ebadi and the Nobel literature prize
for Doris Lessing the most eminent of them.
In the meanwhile, many Iranian artists, writers
and filmmakers have been nominated for Academy
Oscar awards, Nobel Prize of literature, Cannes
film festival etc. but failed to qualify for
the last rounds.
However, the Iranian cinema became a unique
one of its type in the three past decades because
of the exclusive properties it gained. It is
empty from violence, immorality, insults and
Entertainment and spirituality are mixed in
the Iranian cinema and it prevents the families,
children or the youth to be offended by watching
a 90 minutes Iranian movie.
Today, Iran enjoys some renowned and notable
artists in the field of cinema such as the famous
female director Niki Karimi, the award winning
producer Abbas Kiarostami and Majid Majidi,
the international spiritual filmmaker who is
honored by the Oecumenical Special Award of
the 25th Montreal Film Festival in year 2001.
You may also know Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the influential
film director of Iran who has been granted with
the special award of Scythian Deer from the
President of Ukraine in year 2007 and also won
the Federico Fellini Gold Medal of UNESCO in
Ebrahim Hatami-Kia is another master of Persian
cinema who won the Golden Seashell from San
Sebastián International Film Festival
in 1999, being ranked among the world's top
The outstanding female director
Tahmineh Milani is another screenwriter and
director from the southwestern Iran who is awarded
as the Best director of the 51st Asia-Pacific
Film Festival in 2006 and the Grand Prix 'Cinéma
Tout Ecran award from the Geneva Cinéma
Tout Ecran festival in 2003. Finally, Jafar
Pahani is another predominant Iranian producer
and director who has been prized with the Podo
Award at Valdivia Film Festival for his life-time
artistic accomplishments in year 2007.
In addition to all of the successful
filmmakers mentioned above, the latest reports
show that the Iranian films are slated to be
screened in various international film festivals
worldwide in 14 countries.
Negar Azarbaijani's "Virtual Truth"
will be displayed at 2008 Lisbon International
Horror Film Festival, Asqar Farhadi's "Fireworks
Wednesday" will participate in the Carthage
International Film festival in Tunisia and Saman
Salour's "From the Land of Silence"
is planned to be screened at Germany's Around
the World in 14 Films Festival.
The last festival which would be held in Berlin
is hosting films from 14 countries including
Mexico, USA, Burkina Faso, France, UK, Indonesia
and Iran and it is a honor for Persian cinema
to be among the worlds top filmmaking countries.
It is also reported that the celebrated
Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi's Oscard-nominated
"As simple as that" is slated to be
screened at 11 international film festivals
around the globe. Mirkarimi's film will begin
its tour in Germany before going on to Turkey
and the United States.