The Fajr International Film Festival, Iran's most important film gala, was inaugurated Friday during a ceremony held at Tehran's Milad Tower attended by hundreds of cineastes and film fans.
Over 30 films will be competing at the Iran Cinema Section, while thirteen foreign films will vie at the International Section of the festival this year.
Running from February 5 to 15 in Tehran, Iranian highlights of the 29th edition of the festival include "Report of a Celebration" by Ebrahim Hatamikia, "Peaceful Streets" by Kamal Tabrizi, "A Sugar Cube" by Reza Mirkarimi, "Beloved Sky" by Dariush Mehrjuii, "Mr.Yusef" by Ali Rafiei and "Passion of Charlie" by Alireza Sa'adatnia.
"Bibinur Story" by Yuri Feting (Russia, Tatarstan), "The Blacks" by Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric (Croatia), "How I Ended This Summer" by Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia), "Cosmos" by Reha Erdem, "Lola" by Brillante Mendoza and "Medal of Honor" by Calin Peter Netzer are among the international lineup.
Milad Tower will also be hosting the 14th Iranian International Market for Films and TV Programs opening with the first day of the event on Saturday.
Sixty foreign and 40 Iranian companies are displaying their products in different stands located at the venue including companies coming from Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, China, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, manager of the market Amir Esfandiari said in a press release published on Friday.
Grand Angle, Mediaset Distribution from Italy, and Deutsche Welle from Germany are some of the companies offering their products at the market.
Like the previous editions, several Iranian cineastes have been selected to be honored during the program. Organizers have also dedicated a special screening section to films by the world's prominent filmmakers this year, though the names of the filmmakers are not listed in the news.
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