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Iranian, Hollywood Filmmakers Meet in Tehran

Photos by Hossein Golia, Mehr

TEHRAN, March 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- A number of Iranian cineastes met with the Hollywood team here at the Iranian House of Cinema in Tehran on Saturday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis accompanied by a team from the Hollywood movie industry attended the three-hour meeting and held talks on bilateral cooperation and exchanged views and experiences.


Iranian Screenwriters Center director Farhad Tohidi (R) and American screenwriters Frank Pierson (C) and Phil Alden Robinson attend a session held at the Iranian House of Cinema in Tehran on February 28, 2009.


Managing Director of the Iranian House of Cinema Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur first gave a short report on the history of cinema in Iran and said that the Islamic Revolution was a turning point in the history of Iranian cinema.


Sid Ganis also expressed his happiness and hoped that they will be able to hold joint activities with Iran on educational programs, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Sunday.




"Dog Day Afternoon" writer Frank Pierson, the former presidents of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was also among the invited guests and talked about the activities pertaining to guilds.


Afterward, each one of the guests offered their own opinions and talked about their ideas on joint programs.



Members of the Board of Governors of the Academy actress Annette Bening and William Horberg, the producer of "Cold Mountain" were among the invited guests.


Actress Alfre Woodard "Follow Me Home" (1996), Special Events Programmer and Exhibitions Curator Ellen Harrington, as well as Tom Pollock, the former Universal Pictures chairman were also present at the session.


Iranian movie makers and actors including Ebrahim Hatamikia, Asghar Farhadi, Majid Majidi, Reza Mirkarimi, Naser Taqvaii, Dariush Mehrjuii, Khosro Sinaii, Minu Farshchi, Rasul Sadr-Ameli, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Mohammad Beheshti, and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad also attended the meeting.


They later visited the Film Museum of Iran, home to the 107-year history of Iran's cinema.


American screenwriters Frank Pierson


The director of the Iranian Filmmakers Guild, Alireza Raisian who was also present at the session told MNA that the Academy members can help promote Iran's cinema.


"This is a very important event in the development of our cinema to enhance contacts with a major portion of the world's cinema," he noted.


He also remarked that the guests are somewhat familiar with Iran's cinema and it appears they have watched several films by outstanding Iranian filmmakers before they traveled to Iran.


Raisian expressed hopes that the Iranian House of Cinema could manage to hold a session with cinematographers, editors, composers and stage designers.

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