Charsou Cineplex was the venue for a presser on Thursday, April 25, by jury members of the 37th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
Irish Director, Producer Douglas P. Fahleson
It was an amazing experience to be part of this exciting cinematic event. I had no prior idea about the festival. It went beyond my expectations. Iranian cinema is exceptional and I want to see more Iranian movies on the screen globally.
Portuguese Director Producer Inês Mendes Gi
The exchange of experiences at the festival and the Iranian hospitality were top-notch. It was a great pleasure to be a member of Interfaith Award jury.
Georgian Director Rusudan Glurjidze
I saw excellent movies this year. You could only see them here at Fajr.
Iranian Director Khosro Masoumi
It was a great pleasure to be part of Eastern Vista jury. This was my first time. I never had the same experience in Egypt or Montreal festivals.
Macedonian Actress Labina Mitevska
Being a jury member of International Competition meant I could finally see some fine pictures. I was lucky enough to watch and enjoy many smart movies.
Dutch Director, Screenwriter Mike van Diem
International Competition section was mostly fixated on non-commercial movies. We had our differences. In general, most of the movies were fine. This helped us select top movies for accolades.
Iranian Director Narges Abyar
It was hard to select from so many movies at the festival. Our main priority was to select those that were about contemporary issues.
Iranian Actor Navid Mohammadzadeh
Just like choosing best films we also had to select best actors and actresses in International Competition.
I was moved by the passion for movie at the festival. Iranian audiences are experienced and know what they want to watch on the silver screen. They can understand any movie.
Chinese Director Wang Xiaoshuai
I like to watch technical movies. I found many at this year’s Fajr.
Turkish Actor, Director Muzaffer Özdemir
The Runner was my favorite film at the festival. The cinematography was magical.
Pakistani Writer, Film Critic Aijaz Gul
I have known Iranian cinema for 30 years. After so many years, it has still has its place on the international stage, especially when it comes to acting and directing.
Iranian Producer Seyyed Gholamreza Mousavi
I am fully satisfied with selection of movies for NETPAC session. They all had good quality and I congratulate organizers for that.
Indian Writer, Editor Latika Padgaonkar
We organized NETPAC Festival some 10 years ago, with a special focus on Asian cinema. The festival is still in the game with its own awards.
Lebanese Screenwriter, Director Ghassan Salhab
This was my first experience. Iranian cinema is different, that’s why it’s so successful.
Iraqi Film Critic Hadi Al-Arady
It’s an honor to be part of an important festival in the region and beyond.
Iranian Director Behrouz Shoeibi
I watched 12 interesting films in First Films section of Fajr. It was a great experience.
German Film Critic Barbara Lorey
I saw 15 films as International jury member. It was a chance to also see people of Iran in person and firsthand. You could only understand the culture if you travel here.
Iranian Director Robert Safarian
Jury members had many commonalities in judging the movies. Iran, France and Turkey share cultural commonalities. It was an interesting experience for everyone.
Turkish Film critic Cüneyt Cebenoyan
This was my first time here. I have many memories to take with me to Turkey. I am so happy to attend the festival. It was the right decision.
The curtain falls on the 37th Fajr International Film Festival on Thursday, April 25. Vahdat Hall will host the closing ceremony, attended by Iranian and international filmmakers and guests.