Aurélie Chesné works for the Short Film Department at France Television. She was a guest of the 37th Fajr International Film Festival.
How have you evaluated Fajr Film Market?
You know this is my first trip. It was very useful because I met many Iranian directors and I met also Iranian Youth Cinema Society, because I’ve known them and I‘ve watched some of their movies in Italy and France. I’ve also booked a short film. The Fault by Soheil Amir Sharifi. I will check an animation catalog and some feature films as well. I would like to buy some.
Do you sell your production programs?
We are a governmental channel. I’ve come to visit distributors and directors. Because I really like Iranian movies and the new generation cinema. There are really very talented and very clever directors. French people like Iranian cinema, in France people like international movies. But also we like Iranian movies by Asghar Farhadi, Abbas Kiarostami. And we like actors and the style of Iranian movies. Asghar Farhadi’s movies were successful in France. A lot of people came to watch his movies.
Do you have any advice?
In the French film market there is video library. You can watch whatever you want. You have big catalogue of the movies. It’s really good to make deals. Sometimes we organize a little meeting and the buyers pick some movies. But I found that it’s really organized here.
The curtain fell on the 37th Fajr International Film Festival on Thursday, April 25. Vahdat Hall played host to the closing ceremony, which was attended by Iranian and international filmmakers and guests.