By Jackie Shannon

If ever a nation has punched above its weight cinematically, it’s Iran. Despite working under conditions which could generously be described as not exactly favourable, this country in The Middle East has produced high calibre talents like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Bahman Ghobadi, and many, many more. All of which makes The Iranian Film Festival Of Australia – which is now into its sixth year – even more of a joy. Boasting thirteen feature films showcasing Iran’s most prolific filmmakers, the 2016 programme aims to strengthen ties and forge cultural understanding between Australia and Iran. “The new political era continues to heavily influence Iranian cinema, and this year’s films are bursting with creativity and new energy as a result,” says festival co-director, Anne Démy‐Geroe.

Highlights of The Iranian Film Festival Of Australia include Life And A Day (which tells the story of a young woman from South Tehran torn between familial obligations and a greater personal calling); Lantouri (a pulsing drama about contemporary social issues affecting Iran’s young people); Daughter (a coming of drama with a very Iranian twist); The Salesman (the latest from two-time Palme d’Or winner, Asghari Farhadi); and Sound And Fury (a surprise-filled startler about a compromised pop star). Excitingly, the festival will also premiere the new documentary, 76 Minutes And 15 Seconds, an intimate tribute to the late, great Abbas Kiarostami, arguably Iran’s most essential filmmaker. “In 2016, we’re hoping that audiences are interested in learning more about this exciting industry, and will join us in celebrating both Iranian films and the Iranian culture as a whole,” adds Anne Démy‐Geroe.

With Brisbane and Melbourne already behind it, The Iranian Film Festival Australia will play Adelaide (November 3-6), , Sydney (November 10-13), Canberra (November 11-13) and Perth (November 17-20). For all venue, session, and ticketing information, head to the official site.

  • Moua
    3 November 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the overview of the festival, many quality movies seem to be on offer. A correction though: Iran is the 18th largest country in the world, that’s hardly the definition of a small country.

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