Hassan Barzideh: Sustainable Festival Management Is a Must

Writer and director Hassan Varzideh says the biggest plus point for the Fajr International Film Festival is that you can watch films and talk to the talent behind them from across the globe right there and then, because there is a sustainable management system behind the scene. The Iranian director touched upon the importance of


Dariush Farhang: The Spell Is About Love, Not Horror

Written and directed by Dariush Farhang, The Spell (Telesm), a 1987 production, will be screened in the Classics Preserved section of this year’s Fajr International Film Festival. The film won Simorgh awards for best supporting actor, music score and editing. Farhang is delighted to see his movie being screened at the festival. He says the


Behrouz Gharibpour: Going Back to Move Forward

The 37th edition of Fajr International Film Festival has boarded cinema premieres of 5 restored Iranian and several other foreign films in the Classics Preserved section. One of the classics is The Runner, a 1985 film by Amir Naderi, one of the major directors of Iranian cinema before and after the Iranian Revolution. Behrouz Gharibpour


Semih Kaplanoglu: New Talents Are Future of Cinema

Semih Kaplanoglu is a Turkish screenwriter, producer and director, known for Egg (2007), Honey (2010) and Angel’s Fall (2004). His films are characterized by metaphysical themes and distinctively authored use of cinematography. Kaplanoglu, who is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential directors in Turkish cinema, has received 28 international awards and


Thomas Mauch: Storyboards Kill Ideas

Thomas Mauch is a German cinematographer and film producer. With a career that spans over fifty years in both film and television. Mauch is well known for his numerous collaborations with Edgar Reitz, Alexander Kluge, Werner Schroeter, and Werner Herzog. Some of his well-known films include Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972), Heinrich


George Ovashvili: Fajr Filmfest Is Progressive, Has Future

George Ovashvili (1963, Georgia) graduated from the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theater (1996) and New York Film Academy filmmaking course at Universal Studios in Hollywood (2006). He is a director of both dramas and documentaries that he often produces. He has made a number of memorable shorts: Eye Level received an award at


Luong Dinh Dung: Art Movies Popular in Vietnam

Vietnamese director Luong Dinh Dong was one of the special guests of 2018 Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. His movie Father and Son won the Best Asian Film Award on Thursday. Luong Dinh attended the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema, where he graduated in 2010. Dung made his debut feature film Father and


Hanna Slak: Iranian-Slovenian Filmmakers Face Similar Challenges

Hanna Slak is a Slovenian film director, multimedia artist and writer. She has written and directed feature films (Blind Spot, 2001; Teah, 2007; Rudar, 2017), as well as documentary films and experimental shorts. She also creates video installations and video design for the stage. Her films were screened at Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, and others.


Leila Babovic: FIFF Helpful in Dealing With Western Prejudices Toward Iran

Leila Babovic was one of the special guests of this year’s Fajr International Film Festival. She has been in attendance for many years and here is a quick chat with in that regard: Tell us about your festival experiences? I’ve been in here for many years. The last time I attended in Fajr Film Festival


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