We announce IFFA 2014's full programme!
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Iranian Film Festival Australia 2014

Last week we gave you Reza Dormishian's I'm Not Angry! and Shahram Mokri's Fish & Cat as our Opening & Closing Night films for IFFA 2014. This week we announce our full programme! Get excited!
Our website will be updated with further details soon.

Written & Directed by Hooman Seyedi

Starring Amir Jafari, Azadeh Samadi, Rima Raminfar, Amir Jadidi, Navid Mohammadzadeh
Struggling to deal with his parent’s divorce and constant abuse at school, thirteen-year-old Behmani lashes out. He finds solace in a group of older street kids. They treat him as an adult and as one of their own. He soon gets in over his head when he becomes entangled in their own complex lives. Not truly understanding the consequences of his involvement within the group and their affiliates, Behmani finds himself stuck amid a murder. The debut film is a burst of youthful rage and a reflection on the concerns with modern adolescence. 

Kami's Party
(Mehmouniye Kami)
Written & Directed by Ali Ahmadzadeh

Starring Mina Sadati, Nazanin Farahani, Pegah Ahangarani, Mehdi Koushki, Misa Molavi
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Kami’s Party follows two very different car trips to a party that’s being held cross-country. Nazanin has killed her sister Negin’s boyfriend, Omid. Before she can dispose of the body, Negin takes the car she has hidden him in. Nazanin goes after her but Negin won’t stop and wait. Negin unknowingly flirts with the danger of being discovered; going through checkpoints and picking up hitchhiker, Armin. A true road movie with sinister undertones.

The Painting Pool
(Howze Naghashi)
Written by Hamed Mohammadi

Directed by Maziar Miri

Starring Shahab Hosseini, Negar Javaherian, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy
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Maryam and Reza work in the packaging department of a pharmaceutical company. They try to lead a regular life, but for them everything is a challenge – even crossing the street or cooking a pizza. Their young son, Soheil, becomes embarrassed by his mentally challenged parents and starts to spend more and more time with his teacher’s son. When Reza loses his job, Soheil refuses to go home. His parents’ world collapses. This unusual issue is tackled with great sensitivity by director Maziar Miri, who extracts outstanding performances from leads, Shahab Hosseini and Negar Javaherian. A heartrending and remarkable film about two people fighting for their right to be a family. Winner of the UNESCO Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Audience Award at Fajr Film Festival in 2013.

Paternal House
Khanéh Pedari)
Written & Directed by Kianoush Ayari

Starring Mehdi Hashemi, Shahab Hosseini, Mehran Rajabi, Nasser Hashemi, Nazanin Farahani
Nearly a century ago a young woman is killed by her own father, with the aid of her younger brother. How she has shamed the family is not made explicit, but the males all agree that to save their honour she must die. Her mother and sister do not know what to make of her disappearance. She is secretly buried in the cellar, a space where the women of the family weave carpets and do other domestic chores. But her loss, or perhaps her presence, continues to haunt the family, reverberating through the following generations. Although the film screened at Fajr and in Venice in 2012, only now has it received an official screening permit. Most recently, it has won Best Film, Director and Screenplay at the Iranian Film Critics and Screenwriters Guild Awards.
Red Carpet
(Farshe Ghermez)
Written & Directed by Reza Attaran

Starring Reza Attaran, Marc Ansari, Susan Parvar, Amir Nuri, Marilou Ming Lana, Jamal Hashemi, Hosein Soleimani
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Struggling to make it in Iran, actor and director Reza Attaran travels to Cannes in hopes of making it big. He’s looking to pass on some ideas to festival director Steven Spielberg, as well as rub shoulders with such American greats as Woody Allen. He soon realizes how distancing and difficult being a “nobody” can be at a major festival and has to become more inventive to get himself onto the coveted red carpet. A fish-out-of-water story that’s sure to get a few laughs, while commenting on the state of fame in today’s film industry.
Written & Directed by Mehdi Rahmani

Starring Roya Teimooriyanm Afshin Hashemi, Mohammad Reza Ghaffari, Anahita Afshar, Rabe'eh Madani
Returning from his job out of town, Omid returns to his family home to find it in disarray. His family was once affluent but has since fallen destitute. A suitor is arriving from abroad to propose to his sister, the family’s only daughter. His mother is trying all that she can to cover up their current situation before he arrives, but the skeletons in their closet won’t stay buried. Snow is a perfectly paced family drama, and a testament to the art of the reveal.

This year we will be screening two very special retrospective titles...

Haji Washington (1982)

Written & Directed by Ali Hatami

Starring Ezzatolah Entezami, Richard Harrison, Ransel Cass
P for Pelican (1972)

Written & Directed by Parviz Kimiavi
Ali Hatami’s humourous fictionalized account of the first-ever Iranian ambassador to the United States, Haji Hossein-Gholi Khan Noori aka Haji Washington, who was appointed in 1889 by Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar. Ostensibly, among other achievements, he sparked interest in Iran among American orientalogists. Despite his enthusiasm for the task he is constantly thwarted by lack of funding from the regime, the problems of establishing connections, and some general confusion between the Iranian and the Ottoman embassy! But problems really arise when he gives political asylum to a Native American. The film delightfully re-creates the ambience of the times and Ezzatolah Entezami creates as wonderful a “Haji” as cult American actor, Richard Harrison, does a president. The Washington sections of the film were shot in Italy. The film, although made in 1982, was not screened in Iran until 1998, after the Reformists came to power.

Accompanied by the short, P for Pelican (P Mesle Pelican):

An old recluse, living in ancient ruins, is constantly taunted by the children. “Pedarsag” (Old Dog) they call him. But one child finds another word beginning with “P” and takes him to visit the strange white bird in the botanical gardens. A poetic pre-Revolutionary film about difference from Parviz Kimiavi, one of Iran’s most prominent directors.

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