Get set to be wooed by Iranian cinema

  • Henna Rakheja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2016 21:00 IST
A still from the film, A Cube of Sugar, which will be screened at the Iranian Film Festival in Delhi.

A house abuzz with people, for the wedding of the youngest daughter, sees a brother-in-law on the lookout for a hidden treasure in the premises — that’s the plot of Iranian film, A Cube of Sugar, which will open at The Iranian Film Festival in the city. The film helmed by Reza Mirkarimi will be screened with 13 other films, over four days that will expose film buffs to Iranian cinema.

Expect films such as One Wanted To Talk To You, The Painting Pool, Track 143, A Line of Reality, A Time of Love & Betrayal, As Simple As That, All Alone, The Maritime Silk Road and So Far So Close.

A still from the Iranian film Gold & Copper.

“We’re screening all award-winning films. The schedule is designed in a manner that people get a glimpse of the culture of Iran,” says C Senthil Rajan, director, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF).

Read: Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi: Inner life of an Indian dancer

As part of the cine extravaganza, audience will get to see Iranian director Homayoun Assadian’s Kissing the Moon-Like Face — story of two female neighbours, who are waiting for the bodies of their sons who disappeared during war. Another film by Assadian, Gold and Copper is the tale of a young cleric who visits Iran with his family to attend ethical classes, and his wife falls ill.

A poster of the Iranian film which will be screened at the festival.

Most of the films have narratives of common people, who get caught in the whirlpool of life situations. Some are even adventure tales, such as The Maritime Silk Road – which revolves around two ship captains who want to transport consignments from the Indian Ocean to China and are attacked by pirates.

There are also films which explore the thin fabric of relationships such as So Far So Close (story of a neurologist who disconnected himself from his son) and A Time of Love and Betrayal (in which an unexpected event from her past life, shocks Parvana and her daughter).

Read: Locarno International Film Festival: Mohenjo Daro is the closing film

Also, there are movies which are narrated with the Iran-Iraq war in the backdrop. An example of this is Track-143, which tells the story of a mother waiting for her son who has been missing in pre-operation Valfajr (a smart torpedo system designed and developed by Iranian experts).

A scene from Maziar Miri’s The Painting Pool.

So from references to wars seen by its people, to the battle of relationships at home, these cinematic treats present the life of Iran in a nutshell. “Alongside screenings of these films, there will also be an exhibition of Iranian artworks and handicrafts with 70 to 80 panels. A performance by Ronak Music Group from Iran, in the evening of the opening day, will be the highlight,” adds Rajan. He informs that the festival is just a build up to the series of events being planned under the new cultural agreement between Iran and India.


WHAT: The Iranian Film Festival

WHERE: Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg

WHEN: July 16 to 19

TIMINGS: 10.30am to 7.30pm

NEAREST METRO STATION: Green Park on Yellow Line

also read

At Mumbai film fest, Cecilia cries out about child trafficking
Show comments