Persian International Film Festival 2013

By August 2, 2013 Events

Watch 50 years of Iranian cinema evolve before your eyes at the Persian International Film Festival. A Special Retrospective Program has been carefully curated to showcase Iranian films spanning five decades, painting a vivid picture of how Iranian cinema and the societies and cultures it has reflected have changed over the years.

From 22 August until 1 September 2013, films from as early as 1969 right through to 2011 will be shown as part of the unique Retrospective Program alongside newer releases in the main program. The retrospective has been carefully chosen by festival directors Amin Palangi and Sanaz Fotouhi, in consultation with Dr. Michelle Langford one of the leading scholars of Iranian Cinema in Australia, to be juxtaposed against recent entrants, to demonstrate how general themes and storylines in Iranian cinema has changed along with the times.

Artistic Director Amin Palangi says the changing Persian cinematic themes have been caused by a general shift in societal and cultural values in the region. “Regardless of the social or political changes and pressures on Iranian cinema, Iranian filmmakers are one of the most influential in the world today.”

There are more films on offer at the Persian International Film Festival as part of the Retrospective Program, Short Film program and main program. Recent films shown in the festival will be eligible to win the Audience Choice Awards. Audiences are invited to vote for the ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Short Film’. Voters will go into a draw to win a DVD set by Iranian master filmmakers thanks to Madman.

The Festival’s opening and closing nights are a tribute to Persian culture with pre and post film celebrations involving Persian Tea, dancers and the ever popular Persian sweets.

Managed by Palangi Productions, the Festival debuted last year and will screen films at Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay and Newtown in Sydney.

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