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Swedish cineastes to honor Forugh Farrokhzad

TEHRAN, Nov. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) plans to posthumously commemorate Iranian poetess and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad with screenings of her "The House Is Black" and three documentaries about her in a program that begins in Stockholm tomorrow.

"The House Is Black" (1963) was about lepers living at the Baghlar Sanatorium in Tabriz. The film gained international acclaim and won several prizes.

Three documentaries about Farrokhzad made by Iranian filmmaker Nasser Saffarian, "The Mirror of the Soul" (2000), "The Green Cold" (2003), and "Summit of the Wave" (2004), are also scheduled to be screened during the program, which runs until November 13.

"Summit of the Wave" features Farrokhzad's interview with Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci and other interviews on "The House Is Black" as well as some unpublished photos. Bertolucci made a fifteen-minute film on her life.

Iranian cultural figures Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Ezzatollah Entezami, Bahram Beizaii, Parviz Purhosseini, Mohammad-Ali Sepanlu, Khosro Sinaii, Puran Farrokhzad, Hushang Golmakani, Amir Karrari, Kaveh Golestan, Fereidun Moshiri, and Dariush Mehrjuii talk about Farrokhzad in the film.

"The Mirror of the Soul" is about Farrokhzad's poetry and "The Green Cold" is about her private life.

Born in 1935, Farrokhzad along with Parvin Etesami and Simin Behbahani are usually considered Iran's most famous female poets.

Her first book of poetry, "The Captive", was published in 1955. "The Wall", "The Rebellion", and "Another Birth" were her other works.

Farrokhzad died in a car accident in February 1967.

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