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Iranian Films at Tiburon International Film Festival


Tiburon International Film Festival will present a selection of the latest films made by or about the Iranians from around the world.  The festival will be held March 19-27, 2009 in Tiburon, California.


The tickets are on SALE now. To order your tickets, please visit or call the ticket line: (415) 789-8854.





Loose Rope (Rismaneh Baz)

Director: Mehrshad Karkhani 

Cast: Pejman Bazeghi, Babak Hamidian, Keramat Roudsaz, Narges Mohammadi


Two young rural men who work at the animal's market in Tehran have only 24 hours to take a large cow from downtown to the northern part of the city. Their job and future are at stake. The spectators follow their obligatory journey with the rope which is tied around the cow. Karkhani very cinematically describes the contrast which exists between the south and the north of a metropolis.


Goodbye Solo

Directed: Ramin Bahrani

Cast: Souléymane Sy Savané, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo, Carmen Leyva


Amidst the crumbling, Old South veneer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an unlikely friendship which will change both of their lives forever. Solo is an African taxi driver soon expecting his first child. William is a tough Southern good ol' boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man's American dream is just beginning, while the other's is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this heart-warming, and heart-breaking, friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly-changing face of America.



Donkey in Lahore

Director: Faramarz K-Rahber


A unique cross-cultural love story that follows Brian, an Australian ex-Goth and a puppeteer, as he converts to Islam and attempts to overcome cultural as well as personal obstacles in order to marry Amber, a young Muslim woman in Pakistan.



In the Dark

Director: Alex Fazeli

Cast: Maz Jobrani, Ali Dean, Marsh Mokhtari, Jamie Ann Allman, Nina Nayebi


In Attendance:Alex Fazeli (Director), Maz Jobrani (Actor) , Sarah Fazeli (Actress), Rebecca L. Brown (Producer)


The eve of Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran, a double agent, hunted by the new revolutionary government, agrees to exchange crucial information with the CIA in return for safe passage out of the country. Inspired by true events.


The Final Word  (Kalame Akhar)

Director: Moslem Mansouri [In Person]


Ahmad Shamlou, the most prominent and influential contemporary Iranian poet, worked extensively in the area of folklore culture and language which have tremendously affected the current folklore language and literature in Iran. <b>Shamlou</b> in his poetry spoke consciously of human's suffering, injustice, love and romance. Through his distinctive possession of language and words, he skillfully sided with the oppressed and opposed cruel regimes and their inhumane institutions. Shamlou in his poems echoed the hardships and visions of his people and in doing so; his pen was his best means.


Tehran Backyard

Director: Roxanna Pope


Pari is a sixty five year old woman who lives on the outskirts of Tehran. Each day she travels over six hours into the sprawling city to work as a cleaning lady for the middle class ladies of north Tehran. Her husband is blind, she has five children and two grandchildren and she is still the main breadwinner.



Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami


 In Tehran streets, you can't find any working painter, except Jamshid Aminfar. He has many difficulties with civil wardens, people and his own family, but insists because he loves painting. Trying to promote his life and work conditions, his friends decides to organize an exhibition for his paintings in a gallery. Preparing some works for his first exhibition, he falls in love with Alice bombardier, a French girl. His happiness for his first exhibition turns to anxiety and fear: "what if Alice goes back to Paris?"



Final Fitting (Prov e Akhar)

Director: Reza Haeri


A doumentry about Mr. Arabpour the master tailor and craftsman of most famous religes people in Iran and Islamic country like Imam Musa Sadr, Imam Khomaini, President Khatami and Ayatollah khamenee.


Nomad's Land

Director: Gael Métroz


Fifty years after Nicolas Bouvier's journey from Geneva to Sri Lanka, film director Gaël Métrozfollows the author's footsteps with his camera. Although he wanted to revive Bouvier's account, he ultimately tells his own story. While the Orient has changed a great deal since "l'Usage du Monde", the fascination of this world continues to captivate. The danger and beauty of a journey which loses its innocence.


Shooting locations: Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, India, Sri Lanka...


Smiling Dog

Director: Shohreh Jandaghian


The war comes near to a shelter where a little girl is thinking of a beautiful dream.



More than 250 films from 90 countries will be presented. The Tributes are to the Oscar winning director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool...) with legendry George Lucas (Star Wars) to present the award, and a Tribute to the Warner Brothers (and WB Studios)...


The gala night is on Thursday, March 19, with live music and international cuisine...and the arrival of 30 top motor racers riding their motorcycles from Malibu to Tiburon...for their film: The First, Last Race...


And many other events and programs!

Don't miss them!


Tiburon International Film Festival

Phone: (415) 381-4123    

Fax: (415) 388-4123

1680 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, CA 94920 USA

"Understanding the World through film"

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