FIFF 2021 Restored Classics Lineup

FIFF 2021 Restored Classics Lineup

The Fajr International Film Festival has announced the full lineup of films for their 38th year of celebrating the classic cinema in the Classics Restored category.

Full Lineup:

Baduk

Iran | 1991 | 90 Min

Director: Majid Majidi

Cast: Mohammad Kasebi, Mehrollah Mazarehi, Allahnour Barahouei, Eydouk Moghadam, Maryam Tahan, Habibollah Hadad, Ahmad Rajabi

Synopsis

After the death of their father, Jafar and Jamal were kidnapped by a driver and sold to Abdullah. Being separated from his sister, Jafar hit the road to find Jamal; unaware she is very close to him.

Beyond the Fire (Ansouy-e atash)

Iran | 1986 | 98 Min

Director: Kianoush Ayari

Cast: Khosrow Shojazadeh, Siamak Atlasi, Mehrdad Vafadar, Atefeh Razavi, Nematollah Larian, Parvin Solaymani

Synopsis

Nowzar and Abdulhamid, two brothers from south of Iran, fight over the money that the National Iranian Oil Company is to pay as compensation for seizing their house.

Charles Mort Ou Vif

Switzerland | 1969 | 95 min

Director: Alain Tanner

Cast: François Simon, Marcel Robert, Marie-Claire Dufour

Synopsis

Dissatisfied with his life, a fifty-year-old director of a watch parts factory in Geneva, Charles Dé,

breaks gives up everything to go to the countryside where he settles down with new friends. His son recruits a private detective to track him down.

Fate of a Man

Soviet Union | 1959 | 103 min

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk

Cast: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko, Pavel Volkov

Synopsis

Based on a story by Mikhail Sholokhov. The film narrates the fate of Russian soldier Andrei Sokolov, who experiences all the hardships, deprivations of the war and captivity.

Ivan’s Childhood

Soviet Union | 1962 | 94 min

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin zubkov, Evgeny Zharikov

Synopsis

Based on the story “Ivan” by V. Bogomolov about the tragedy of a child, who lost his parents during the war and became a scout behind the enemy line.

Le Fou

Switzerland | 1970 | 87 min

Director: Claude Goretta

Cast: François Simon, Camille Fournier, Arnold Walter

Synopsis

George takes care of his wife and leaves a full-time job opportunity but is forced into retirement for poor health. When an investment firm wipes out his life savings, George takes up a life of crime. He is soon driven to the brink of insanity over the unfortunate series of events that occur.

Le Grand Soir

Switzerland | 1976 | 95 min

Director: Francis Reusser

Cast: Arnold Walter, Roland Sassi, Jacqueline Parent, Niels Arestrup, François Berthet

Synopsis

In Lausanne, Léon is involved in an accident with a small Leninist group and gets to know Léa, a dedicated activist and the group leader’s mistress. The police keep a close eye on them and trouble is bound to follow.

Les 400 Coups

France | 1959 | 99 min

Director: François Truffaut

Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier

Synopsis

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Les Arpenteurs

Switzerland | 1971 | 85 min

Director: Michel Soutter

Cast: Jean Luc Bideau, Jacques Denis, Marie Dubois

Synopsis

Lucien asks a friend, Léon, to take him to the woman he desires, Alice, a basket of provisions and to thank him for it offers him its cap. Léon seduces Alice, small brunette and admits later to his friend his love.

Lor Girl (Dokhtar e Lor)

Iran | 1933 | 80 Min

Director: Ardeshir Irani

Cast: Abdulhussein Sepanta, Rouhangiz Sami-Nejad, Sohrab Pouri

Synopsis

Jafar, a government officer, meets Golnar in a teehouse on his way to Khuzestan. Golnar’s father was a merchant, but she was kidnapped by Gholi Khan the bandit in a foray to their town. Now Golnar is working as a dancer in the teehouse. Jafar and Golnar become fond of each other.

Mein Persien-Flug 1924-1925

Switzerland | 1925 | 81 min

Director: Walter Mittelholzer

Synopsis

A film by Walter Mittelholzer, shot during a flight from Zurich to Teheran he made on business in 1924 for the Junkers factories, a German manufacturer of planes and motors.

Our Daily Bread

USA | 1934 | 80 min

Director: King Vidor

Cast: Barbara Pepper, Tom Keene, Karen Morley

Synopsis

John and Mary Sims are city dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of the Great Depression. Driven by bravery and sheer desperation they flee to the country and with the help of other workers set up a farming community.

The Journey of the Stone (Safar e Sang)

Iran |1977 | 114 Min

Director: Masoud Kimiai

Cast: Saeed Rad, Farzaneh Taeidi, Mohammad Reza Fazeli, Hossein Gil, Amrollah Saberi, Hamid Taati, Arash Taj Tehrani, Giti Pashyi

Synopsis

For years the only windmill in the village is The Landlord’s and he uses it to nobble the people. He also prevents people from building another windmill. Finally, people carve a big stone for the new windmill and carry it to the village. The stone destroys the landlord’s house of cruelty.

Visages D’enfants

Switzerland, France | 1925 | 117 min

Director: Jacques Feyder

Cast: Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Pierrette Houyez

Synopsis

The village of Saint-Luc, in Valais. Pierre Amsler, a trustee and owner of the local sawmill, has just lost his wife. While his 10-year-old son Jean does not accept his mother’s disappearance, Amsler thinks of remarrying a young widow, herself the mother of a little girl.

The 2021 FIFF is scheduled to get underway in the Iranian capital on May 26-June 2. This year’s event is presided over by Iranian film director and screenwriter Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour. The festival is widely considered one of the most prestigious and influential in Asia, Europe and Greater Middle East.


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