Monday 22 April 2024
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Fajr 2017 Unveils Poster, Announces Movies for Festival of Festivals

Fajr 2017 Unveils Poster, Announces Movies for Festival of Festivals

Fajr Film Festival has unveiled the poster and the movies that will be showing at this year’s Festival of Festivals program, entitled Cup of Divination or Jam-e Jahan Nama.

Top movies from Iran, China, Germany, Italy, Egypt, France, Slovakia, UK, Spain, and Argentina, among others, will grace this year’s program.

Here are all the titles screening:

The Teacher (2016)

1h 42min | Comedy | Drama

Director: Jan Hrebejk

Cast: Zuzana Mauréry, Zuzana Konecná, Csongor Kassai

Country: Slovakia | Czech Republic

Language: Slovak

Storyline: The film is set in 1983. Maria Drazdechova becomes a teacher at one suburban school near Bratislava. She starts to use her position to blackmail parents of her students to get benefits from them. Students whose parents disobey are bullied and given bad grades.

Mr. No Problem (2016)

2h 24min | Drama

Director: Feng Mei

Cast: Wei Fan, Tao Yin, Yihong Shi

Country: China

Language: Mandarin

Storyline: Shot in stylish black-and-white, this three-act fable, set in wartime Chongqing, focuses on the indifferent rich, the head clerk on a farm, and some young intruders. Based on a 1943 short story, the film is directed by noted screenwriter Mei Feng.

In the Last Days of the City (2016)

1h 58min | Drama

Director: Tamer El Said

Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef

Country: Egypt | Germany | UK | United Arab Emirates

Language: Arabic

Storyline: Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY.

Pyromaniac (2016)

1h 38min | Drama

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg

Cast: Trond Nilssen, Liv Bernard Osa, Per Frisch, Agnes Kittelsen

Country: Norway

Language: Norwegian

Storyline: A pyromaniac ignites his first fire in a peaceful village. In the weeks to come it is followed by a series of fires, spreading fear in the small community. An inferno lurks under the surface as a local policeman uncovers the unthinkable truth: the pyromaniac is one of the local firemen, and the son of the fire brigade’s chief.

King of the Belgians (2016)

1h 34min | Comedy | Drama

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Cast: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Titus De Voogdt

Country: Belgium | Netherlands | Bulgaria

Language: English | Flemish | French | Bulgarian

Storyline: While Nicolas III, King of the Belgians, is doing an official visit to Istanbul, a breaking new arrives: Wallonia just declared its independence and so the Belgium doesn’t exist anymore. In order to face the political crisis, Nicolas III decides to quickly come back home, but due to a geomagnetic storm all the flights are blocked.

The Shepherd (2016)

1h 38min | Drama

Director: Jonathan Cenzual Burley

Cast: Maribel Iglesias, Miguel Martín, Alfonso Mendiguchía

Country: Spain

Language: Spanish

Storyline: Anselmo, a middle-aged shepherd, lives a modest but happy life in a remote house in the Spanish plains. When he refuses a juicy offer from a construction company planning to build a new residential complex on his property, little does he know that his life is about to be turned upside down.

The Confessions (2016)

1h 48min | Drama | Thriller

Director: Roberto Andò

Main Cast: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino

Country: Italy | France

Language: Italian | French | English

Storyline: A G8 meeting is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. The world’s most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead.

150 Milligrams (2016)

2h 8min | Drama

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot

Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel

Country: France

Language: French

Storyline: Irène Frachon, a doctor who lives in the Breton town of Brest, dares to stand up to the French health and pharmaceutical industry, helping to uncover the media scandal surrounding the commercialization of a controversial medicine whose side effects have caused the death of hundreds of people.

Cold of Kalandar (2015)

2h 10min | Drama

Director: Mustafa Kara

Cast: Haydar Sisman, Nuray Yesilaraz, Hanife Kara

Country: Hungary | Turkey

Language: Turkish | Turkish

Storyline: “Cold of Kalandar” pictures within a unique pastoral atmosphere the realist, passionate and emotional story of Mehmet and his family living far from modern life, in a mountain village.

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017)

1h 39min | Comedy

Director: Julian Radlmaier

Cast: Julian Radlmaier, Deragh Campbell, Beniamin Forthi

Country: Germany | Italy

Language: German

Storyline: A bourgeois dog and former filmmaker confesses how he became four-legged by failing in love, apple-picking and revolution. A political comedy with magic twists.

Wastelands (2016)

1h 34min | Drama

Director: Miriam Heard

Cast: Julio Milostich, Erto Pantoja, Heidrun Breier

Country: Chile | France | UK

Language: Spanish

Storyline: Private military contractors: the hidden face of dirty wars. Two brothers return to Chile after years in Iraq.

The Distinguished Citizen (2016)

1h 58min | Comedy | Drama

Directors: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Cast: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio

Country: Argentina | Spain

Language: Spanish

Storyline: After refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Mr. Mantovani, Literature Nobel Prize winner, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the inspiration for all of his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worse idea of his life.

Greetings from Fukushima (2016)

1h 48min | Drama

Director: Doris Dörrie

Cast: Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Nami Kamata

Country: Germany

Language: English | German | Japanese

Storyline: A young German woman bonds with an elderly Japanese woman while touring the Fukushima region of Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.

Anisoara (2016)

1h 46min | Drama

Director: Ana Felicia Scutelnicu

Cast: Anisoara Morari

Country: Germany | Moldova

Language: Romanian | Russian | German

Storyline: Anishoara is a 15–year-old girl, who lives in a beautiful village in Moldova. She grows up without mother and takes care of her little brother Andrei and her alcoholic father Petru.

Lion (2016)

1h 58min | Biography | Drama

Director: Garth Davis

Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Country: Australia | USA | UK

Language: English | Bengali | Hindi

Storyline: On a trip with his brother, Saroo finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta. Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend.

The Dark Wind (2016)

1h 32min | Drama

Director: Hussein Hassan

Cast: Rekesh Shabaz, Diman Zandi, Maryam Boobani, Adil Abdulrahman

Country: Iraq | Germany | Qatar

Language: Kurdish | Arabic

Storyline: Reko and Pero are a Yazidi couple preparing for their wedding, when ISIS fighters attack their village. Young Yazidi girls, including Pero, sold as slaves are tortured and raped. Reko is devastated by the attack. While searching for his family and Pero, he witnesses the tragic consequences of the attacks on the Yazidis.

For all festivalgoers who are already planning their visit, check screening time and other information at or email the Secretariat at

Presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran.

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