The special guests of 2018 Fajr International Film Festival visited the National Museum and The Louvre Museum in Tehran.
The special guests were accompanied by Fajr Club Manager Shadmehr Rastin, Tehran City Council Member Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, ICOM Iran Director Ahmad Mohit Tabatabaei, and Director of Farabi Cinema Foundation Alireza Tabesh. The visit came after The Musee Du Louvre put on display a collection of photographs by the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
Speaking to reporters, Cecilia Mangini, who is a pioneer of photography and documentary filmmaking in Italy, said: I got surprised when I visited Du Louvre for the first time in Tehran. Now I’m really shocked to see the museum is also showing Kiarostami photos.
The author of masterpieces such as Ignotialla Città, Stendalì and La Canta Delle Marane, who has worked with Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, further said: Kiarostami was not only a great filmmaker but also a great photographer. He could take photos from a fresh point of view. Du Louvre looks so different now that it is showing his photographs.
With director Reza Mirkarimi at helm of 2018, Fajr Filmfest continues to herald stronger comebacks from Asia, Europe and Middle East. Whatever one says of Middle East cinema and its power rankings, the region’s best and most powerful showcase for cinema is, has been and for all foreseeable time will be this festival, which runs in Charsou Cineplex and other venues in Tehran until April 27.