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Performance in Stanford: "Autumn Dance" follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile...

- Autumn Dance, written and directed by Shabnam Tolouei, follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile, even while living in their own country. Bita, a journalist, and Mojdeh, a prostitute, are both imprisoned in Iran's infamous Evin prison. The third, Yekta, lives in exile in Paris. The simple elegance of the play allows the audience to be transported from Tehran to Paris, to uncover the connection between these three women. - 7/20/17

'Game of Thrones' fever grips Iran

- Westeros fever has gripped Tehran and other cities as Iranians eagerly count down the days to season seven of HBO's series to begin on July 16. Some might credit the interest to the fact that its composer Ramin Djawadi is of Iranian descent. Others point to the fictional legend of Azor Ahai - a deity known as the Lord of Light - being inspired by Zoroastrianism... -Holly Dagres, Al-Monitor - 7/14/17

Reza Sixo Safai on his Film "The Persian Connection"

- Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing its first Iranian film, The Persian Connection this week on July 14th. This stylish neon-noir thriller is set in the opium underworld of "Tehrangeles" and features a protagonist who was a child soldier during the Iran-Iraq War. The film premiered at TriBeCa 2106 to rave reviews. Reza Sixo Safai produced the film and plays the lead role; he spoke with us about it - 7/13/17

'Bodyguard' by Iranian director Ebrahim Hatamikia wins top prizes at VIFF 2017

- 'Bodyguard' directed by Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Hatamikia won Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor (for Babak Hamidian), and Best Director award at the 3rd Vienna Independent Film Festival (VIFF 2017) in Austria. 'Forgiveness' by Iran's Rima Irani also won Best Short Film Award at the festival. - 7/10/17

Conservative MPs Pressure Culture Ministry to Ban Films Portraying "Realistic Picture" of Modern Iranian Life

- Director Ali Ahmadzadeh's film "Atomic Heart," about the lives of young, modern Iranians, including Christians, could be removed from cinemas in Iran just weeks after a three-year ban on the movie was lifted. "Although it was made in 2014, the film only recently received a screening permit," Ahmadzadeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. "Now there are threats to ban it again." - 7/8/17

Mehdi Fard-Qaderi's "Immortality" crowned best at Italy's Ischia Film Festival

- "Immortality" by Mehdi Fard-Qaderi won the award for best feature movie at the 15th Ischia Film Festival on the Italian island on Saturday, the organizers announced. The film was competing in the official section of the festival, which began on June 24. "Immortality", which is a one-shot feature film, tells the story of some strangers who have to spend a rainy night together on a train. - 7/4/17

Italy's Claudia Castellucci to direct play in Iran

- Italian theater expert and choreographer Claudia Castellucci will direct a play in Iran in collaboration with the Iranian troupe Moj. "In a meeting I had with Castellucci in Italy, we agreed to produce and stage a play with Iranian actors in Iran," Moj leader Arash Abbasi told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday. - 7/4/17

The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

- Nearly thirty years later, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's heavily censored film is finding new audiences. A year after Ayatollah Khomeini's death in 1989, and in the wake of the protracted and devastating Iran-Iraq War, Mohsen Makhmalbaf released a film that would not be seen. Makhmalbaf made The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood in 1990, only to have it censored and mutilated, and then suppressed entirely by the Iranian government before it could be released widely. -Taushif Kara, Reorient - 7/4/17

Iranian maestro Maziar Heidari among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017

- Iranian composer and orchestra conductor Maziar Heidari is among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017. The Canadian Immigrant magazine has announced winners of its ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards which chooses and celebrates the success stories of Canadian immigrants who have made an influential contribution to Canada. The award is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). - 7/1/17

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites eight Iranian cineastes for 2017 membership

- Filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Bahman Qobadi are seen in the writers' branch, while Leila Hatami and Golshifteh Farahani are listed in the actors' branch. Other Iranian invitees include director Mohammad Rasoluf, film editor Hayedeh Safiyari, sound engineer Mohammadreza Delpak and producer Hengameh Panahi. - 6/30/17

30th International Children Film Festival kicks off in Isfahan, Iran

- The 30th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opened Thursday night in the city of Isfahan in central Iran. The international event brings audiences a packed seven days of films for children. The festival is will run from June 30 to July 6. More than 50 films have been accepted to the festival, and guests from 44 countries are expected to participate. - 6/30/17

"Lunch Time" by Iranian director Alireza Qasemi wins best student short film award at the U.S film festival

- "Lunch Time" by Iranian director Alireza Qasemi has won the best student short film award at the 6th edition of the Snake Alley Festival of Film, an international festival of short movies, which was held in Burlington, Iowa, in the U.S. from June 21 to 24. - 6/29/17

Iranian actress Golab Adineh wins Brooklyn's Best Artistic Achievement Award

- Golab Adineh won the Best Artistic Achievement Award at the 20th Brooklyn International Film Festival, for her acting in 'Abji' (The Sis), directed by Marjan Ashrafizadeh. - 6/15/17

Musical Concerts Face Uncertain Future in Iran Despite President Rouhani's Vocal Support

- Iran's presidential candidates faced no problems blasting cheerful music during campaign rallies ahead of the May 2017 elections. However, officially sanctioned concerts continue to be canceled following pressure by religious conservatives, while musicians and performers are subjected to threats and other forms of intimidation. - 6/3/17

Iran's Politics Color Ramadan Prayer Dispute

- A debate over the potential return of one of Iran's greatest classical singers for a prayer recitation has provided a fresh test of the hard-line domination of state TV nearly a decade after unrest that roiled the country's establishment. The performance of Rabbana by Mohammad Reza Shajarian was a Ramadan fixture for three decades before it was eliminated from programming after comments by Shajarian that were sympathetic to reformist critics of Iran's 2009 presidential election. - 5/30/17

"Cold Breath" by Iranian director Abbas Raziji crowned best at Connecticut film festival

- Iranian director Abbas Raziji's "Cold Breath" won the best film award at the Second Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), which was held in the state of Connecticut in the U.S. from May 19 to 21. - 5/30/17

Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof Takes Prestigious Cannes Prize

- Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has won a prestigious prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Rasoulof, 45, was awarded the main prize in the Un Certain Regard competition on May 27 for his film A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), which tells the story of man working at a goldfish farm who becomes ensnared in corruption. - 5/29/17

'The Servant' travels to San Francisco to combat negative stereotypes

- Short animated piece 'The Servant' directed by Iranian filmmaker Farnoush Abedi will take part at Black Film Festival in San Fransisco. Abedi says that her piece tells the familiar story of the master and subordinate; a giant cockroach serves to man and after a while, it gets tired of his servitude and disrupts the rules of the game. - 5/25/17

Interview: Tony Award Nominee Arian Moayed, Star of the Provocative Dual-Language Adaptation of Hamlet

- Waterwell Theatre Company is undertaking a professional stage production of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in 1917 Tehran, during the dawn of World War I. Performing Shakespeare's words in both English and Farsi, Waterwell's adaptation of Hamlet explores the shifting cultural identities that Persians were battling as the rest of the world was modernizing. With passages spoken in Farsi, this version of Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy explores parallels between Hamlet's central existential dilemma and the compromises of a nation faced with the encroachment of Western influences, then and now. - 5/22/17

The Art Theater takes a Stand

- Since the presidential election in November, a number of Champaign-Urbana organizations have hosted events and protests to take a stand against the conservative policies being rolled out by the Trump administration and to foster discussion about social justice issues that affect the community. In May, the Art Theater will participate in an international film series called The Seventh Art Stand, a cinematic act of solidarity against Islamophobia and the travel ban. -Smile Politely - 5/3/17

Winners of 35th Fajr Film Festival Announced

- Winners of the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) were announced Thursday night, with 'The Home' from Iran snatching Golden Simorgh for Best Film in main competition section. Bulgarians Margita Gosheva and Stefan Denolyubov won the Silver Simorgh for Best Actress and Best Actor for their roles in Glory. - 5/1/17

Iranian Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Released From Prison Early

- An Iranian filmmaker has been released from prison early after serving around five months based on his conviction on charges of "insulting sanctities" and "spreading propaganda." Keywan Karimi, a 31-year-old Iranian Kurd, was released on April 19, the global rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement late last week. - 5/1/17

CEO Of Persian-Language Gem TV Killed In Istanbul, Turkey

- The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been shot dead in Istanbul, media reports say. Saeed Karimian, a British citizen of Iranian origin, was gunned down along with his Kuwaiti business partner in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood late on April 29, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. - 5/1/17

Kamron Saniee's Music Is A Portal To Iran's Ambient Electronic History

- Iranian electronic producers are having a moment. After decades of pushback by the Islamic Republic on Western influences, a new underground generation is using digital, lyricless sounds to challenge and bypass state restrictions. -Atoosa Moinzadeh, The Fader - 4/26/17

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

- For almost thirty years, the UCLA Film & Television Archive has annually showcased the power of films from Iran to connect people otherwise distanced by cultural, political and national divides. In partnership with Farhang Foundation, this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema offers Los Angeles the chance to experience new voices, current masters, and a special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, one of contemporary cinema's most iconic and influential artists. - 4/25/17

Iran's Golab Adineh wins Best Actress Award at Beijing Film Festival

- Iranian actress Golab Adineh won the Best Actress award for her inspiring performance in Marjan Ashrafizadeh's 'Abji' (The Sis). The film narrates the story of two women who have lived together for more than 50 years, but the situation doesn't remain the same and then the time comes to part ways. - 4/25/17

Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani dies at 45 due to heart attack

- Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani, who was generally known for his roles in the comedy series over the past two decades, has died of heart attack at the age of 45. Born on February 4, 1972 in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, Lorestani died Saturday morning in sleep. - 4/16/17

Iranian Music Producers Returned to Evin Prison After Request for Extended Medical Furlough Denied

- Music producers Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian returned to Evin Prison in Tehran on April 4, 2017 after their request for an extension of their seven-day temporary leave was denied by the judiciary, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/9/17

35th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran: 140 films from 58 countries, 350 guests from 66 countries

- The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran, screening 140 film titles from 58 countries. Well over 350 guests from 66 countries will attend the 35th Fajr Internatioanl Film Festival (FIFF) in Tehran. Speaking to reporters, the festival spokesperson Alireza Shojanouri said there will be appearances from 31 Asian, 23 European, and 6 African countries. At least 5 special guests from the American continent and Australia will also participate. There will be celebrity guests from 24 Muslim nations as well. - 4/4/17

Asghar Farhadi: Iranian Oscar-winner navigates politics of nuance

- A yacht in Cannes is not where you would expect to find a martyr. And to be fair, when I meet Asghar Farhadi in the (northern) summer of last year he hasn't yet become one. The Iranian director dubbed "one of the world's greatest filmmakers" by Mike Leigh is at the festival to promote his film The Salesman, a typically subtle and provocative tale of a teacher in Tehran whose liberal values are challenged when a male stranger attacks his wife. -Ed Potton, Australian Times - 3/22/17

Iranian Filmmaker Narges Abyar Wins Best Direction Award At Vancouver Women Film Festival

- Iranian filmmaker Narges Abyar has won Best Direction Award for 'Breath' at 12th Vancouver International Women In Film Festival in Canada. 46 feature and short films were screened at the festival from March 8 to March 12, 2017. - 3/13/17

American Musicians To Perform Works by Iranian Composers in Gesture of Welcome

- n late January, after the first of the recent U.S. travel bans was signed, Los Angeles-based violist and violinist Andrew McIntosh put a post on Facebook looking for recommendations of violin repertoire by living composers from the affected countries. "The response that I received to that post was astounding, with many friends and acquaintances chiming in with suggestions, mostly of music by composers from Iran," McIntosh said. -Laurie Niles, Violinist - 3/13/17

Iran's "Wishbone" Wins Best Feature Film Award at Hollywood's WIND Film Festicval

- "Wishbone" by Iranian director Ali Atshani has won the best feature film and best director of the year awards at the WIND International Film Festival in Hollywood. Wishbone was nominated for 8 categories and won as best feature film. The gold trophy of the WIND festival was given to Atshani on the closing day on Saturday and was presented by Elham Madani, the founder and director of the festival. - 3/13/17

'Mazar Sharif' wins Best Film Award at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne

- The feature film 'Mazar Sharif' by Iranian director Hassan Barzideh has won the Best Film Award (budget under $250,000) at Australia's Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne. Mazar Sharif recounts the story of ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist who were killed in a raid by Taliban of Iran's consulate in the city of the same name. - 3/11/17

A message for Donald Trump from Iranian filmmaker who stayed home from Outfest Fusion festival

- Outfest Fusion, a Hollywood film festival dedicated to images of LGBTQ people of color, was supposed to be an occasion of joy for Tehran-born director Pouria Heidary Oureh. But when his film "Apricot Groves" had its U.S. premiere during the festival that ran through Tuesday at the TCL Chinese Theatre, he was back in Iran, unable to take in the applause. -Tre'vell Anderson, Los Angeles Times - 3/11/17

Iranian Rock Artist Defies Threats, Performs in Israeli Peace Concert

- Exiled Iranian rock musician Shahin Najafi sang alongside Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen at a concert in Tel Aviv -- the first performance by an Iranian artist at an Israeli rock concert -- on March 2, 2017. At Thursday's concert, Najafi read a message he addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and "all politicians," expressing opposition to "walls" anywhere in the world and urging national leaders to "stop dividing people before it's too late." -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/5/17

Iran Uses Oscar Win to Attack Trump, US Response Muted

- Tehran has cheered Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's second Oscar for best foreign film as an opportunity for more verbal attacks on the Trump administration, which responded with a muted defense of U.S. policy and deletion of a tweet about the movie. -Afshar Sigarchi and Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/1/17

The Unity of Time and Place

- The Cinema Rex incident, a key moment in recent Iranian history, has had a lasting effect, its burning having remained in the public consciousness long after the fact -Noora Ismail, Reorient - 3/1/17

Unpacking Iranian Director Farhadi's Oscar-Night Balancing Act

- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won rave notices ahead of winning his second Oscar, for the taut "neorealist" suspense film The Salesman, but the reviews have been more mixed for his long-distance acceptance speech. Farhadi's reaction to this year's best-foreign-film honor -- delivered live in Los Angeles by the world's first female space tourist, Iranian-born engineer Anousheh Ansari, and another Iranian-American (Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA) -- highlighted the difficult balancing act required of filmmakers (and many other artists) to practice their craft in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 2/28/17

Iranian art ambassadors carry message of peace, pride: Government Official

- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has commended the Iranian prominent filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, and the cast and crew of his film 'The Salesman' for winning the 2017 Academy Award for the Best Foreign-Language Film. "Once again, the great Iranian nation and society have witnessed the success of the ambassadors of Iranian art in international art communities in conveying to the world the voice of the noble Iranian people, which is the voice of culture, civilization, peace and national dignity and pride," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday. - 2/28/17

"The Salesman" by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi wins Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film

- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman has won the 2017 Academy Award for best foreign-language film. The award was accepted by two prominent Iranian-Americans representing Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars over US President Donald Trump's executive order banning visitors from seven Muslim countries. - 2/27/17

London Film Screening Backs Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director

- Thousands of film fans gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a screening of a film by an Iranian director who was nominated for an Oscar but is boycotting the Academy Awards in protest over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban policies. - 2/27/17

Iranian Director Farhadi Sending Substitutes To Oscars In Immigration Policy Protest

- The Oscar-nominated Iranian director of the film The Salesman has said he will not attend the February 26 Academy Awards but will send two prominent Iranian-Americans in his place. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said on February 24 that director Asghar Farhadi made the decision in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's now-suspended crackdown on immigration. - 2/26/17

Writers Guild of America West honors Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami with lifetime achievement award

- Celebrated Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami was honored posthumously with the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement at the 2017 Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday February 19, 2017. His son, Ahmad Kiarostami, accepted the award from actress Shohreh Aghdashloo on his behalf, WGA West announced. - 2/21/17

1st Annual Silicon Valley Iranian Film Festival

- The Iranian Film Festival and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC)/Payvand.org, cordially invite you, your family and friends to view some of the greatest works of modern Iranian Cinema in our 2017 Silicon Valley Iranian Film Festival, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the BlueLight Cinemas theatre at 21275 Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm. - 2/20/17

Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film

- A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump's hardening rhetoric against Tehran. -Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Reuters - 2/16/17

Yo-Yo Ma ensemble wins Grammy for 'Sing Me Home'

- Cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble 'Silk Road' of which Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is also a member won the Grammy for Best World Music Album for 'Sing Me Home' on Sunday. - 2/13/17

Political drama "Midday Event" receives Best Film award at Fajr Festival

- "The Midday Event", a political drama that features the terrorist atrocity of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization in Iran of the 1980s, has been crowned best at the 35th Fajr Film Festival. Producer Mahmud Razavi received his award from Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a closing ceremony held at Tehran's Milad Tower on Thursday night. - 2/11/17

Seattle Symphony to Host Free Concert of Music from Trump's Seven Travel Ban Countries

- One quarter of the musicians in the Seattle Symphony are immigrants. Many of these players, along with their colleagues in the orchestra, suggested that the symphony host a concert celebrating music from the seven countries affected by the executive order banning travel from some Muslim-majority nations. -Amber Cortes, The Stranger - 2/9/17

Maz Jobrani Talks Terrorist Typecasting, '24' and the Grueling Task of Mocking Trump

- Maz Jobrani is no stranger to how Muslims are so frequently portrayed on TV and film. The comedian, currently starring in CBS sitcom Superior Donuts, wrote the book on it. I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV came out almost two years ago this month, but the subject of Muslim depictions in American media and entertainment feels as timely as ever. -Michael O'Connell, Hollywood Reporter - 2/7/17

Iranian-born Swedish actress Bahar Pars vows to attend Oscars despite President Trump's travel ban

- Iranian-born Swedish actress Bahar Pars, who hopes to share an Oscar for best foreign film, says she and fellow actor Rolf Lassgard "have decided to travel" to the Academy Awards ceremony despite the confusion around President Trump's travel ban. "Standing there together and holding hands is a statement in itself" on Trump's temporary immigration ban against seven majority-Muslim countries, including her native Iran, she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. -AP - 2/2/17

Hardliner Iranian Cleric Deals another Blow to Music Festival and Artists

- Senior conservative cleric and head of Qom seminaries has initiated a fresh round of attacks against Iranian musicians by exploiting the Plasco disaster. Last week a fire in Tehran's Plasco building ended with the complete collapse of the building over the head of firefighters trying to put out the fire. Mohammad Yazdi, the director of the head of Qom seminaries, spoke out against the Fajr Music Festival being held in the capital saying it showed complete insensitivity to the victims of the Plasco disaster. - 2/1/17

Renowned Iranian Filmmaker To Skip Oscar Awards After U.S. Immigration Order

- A renowned Iran filmmaker whose latest movie is up for an Academy Award announced he would boycott next month's Hollywood ceremony in protest of the new U.S. immigration restrictions. Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for best foreign movie, made the announcement in a statement distributed to U.S. and Iranian media on January 29. - 1/30/17

Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti To Protest Trump Policies By Boycotting Oscar Awards

- Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, says she will protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies by refusing to attend the Academy Awards ceremonies next month. Alidoosti said on Twitter on January 26 that Trump's reported plans for a temporary visa ban against Iranians was "racist." - 1/27/17

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

- Less than three months into his new post as Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, "in line with the policies of the supreme leader," on January 19, 2017. - 1/26/17

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian Director Nominated For Second Oscar, Says He's Not Been Censored

- Iran retanian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home.urned to the race for a prestigious Oscar award on January 24 with the psychological thriller The Salesman. The Farsi-language film is by director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 earned for Iran its first-ever Academy Award with A Separation. - 1/25/17

Fajr Music Festival ends in shock over Tehran building collapse

- The 32nd Fajr International Music Festival came to end on Friday night with a big shock over the collapse of the Plasco Building in Tehran after a fierce fire in the 17-storey commercial center on Thursday. All the festival's closing performances were dedicated to the victims of the incident. - 1/21/17

Iran: Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities

- The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/20/17

Women to take center stage at Iran's 35th Fajr Film Festival

- Iran is getting ready to host the 35th edition of its most prestigious cultural event in February, this time showcasing works by women filmmakers and films on women's issues more than ever before. One reason for this new trend may be that cineastes have become more sensitive toward women's issues in the society and it remains to be seen if the films will be successful in reaching their objective, which is to leave a positive impact on various levels of society and find solutions to the current problems that women are facing. - 1/16/17

IMVBox: A whole new world of Iranian movies at your fingertips

- IMVBox.com is the world's leading online distributor of high-quality Iranian cinema. Its Video On Demand service houses the largest legally-assembled library of Iranian feature films, documentaries, TV shows and short films. Thousands of hours of content all easily accessible across multiple devices, all offering a high-quality playback experience. The platform uses a subscription-based model that requires members to pay either a monthly or annual fee. One month of premimum subscription free of charge for payvand.com visitors! - 1/13/17

CONCERT: Songs of My Homeland

- "Diaspora Arts Connection" and "Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation" Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, "Iranian Choir of America" and "Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra". - 1/6/17

Donya Fannizadeh, "mother" of Iran's most popular puppet Kola-Qermezi, dies at 49

- Puppeteer Donya Fannizadeh who was mostly known for manipulating Kola-Qermezi, Iran's most popular puppet character that features a playful boy, died on Wednesday at 49 after about ten years battling sarcoma. Donya was the daughter of actor Parviz Fannizadeh. - 12/28/16

"The Salesman" by Iranian Director Asqar Farhadi Nominated for Golden Globe Awards

- Iranian filmmaker Asqar Farhadi's latest movie, The Salesman, was nominated for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. The list of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards 2017 ceremony was announced on Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 74st annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 8, 2017. - 12/12/16

PEGAH: A Film by Javid Rezai

- The summer before university, Pegah, a shy girl from a traditional Iranian family, finds herself on the cusp of an illicit relationship with her British friends recently divorced father. 25 year-old Javid Rezai is a British-Iranian director and screenwriter. His first narrative short, Another Life, premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Madrid in 2016. The film went on to be nominated for 15 awards globally. - 12/6/16

Iran seizes 'unauthorized' film package heading to Berlin Film Festival

- Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dowlatabadi announced on Sunday that Iranian police have seized a package of 'unauthorized' Iranian films from the consultant of the Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale at a Tehran airport. "A woman named Anke Leweke [the Iran consultant for the Berlin Film Festival] has recently arrived in the country, visiting with some of the 2009 post-election sedition convicts," Jafari-Dowlatabadi said in a meeting. - 12/6/16

U.S. National Board of Review names "The Salesman" best foreign-language film

- The National Board of Review (NBR) in New York has picked Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's drama "The Salesman" as best foreign-language film. The movie, which won Farhadi the award for best screenplay and the Palme d'Or for best actor for Shahab Hosseini at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is Iran's submission to the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category. - 12/1/16

A157, documentary on victims of ISIS, goes to French film festival

- Behrouz Nouranipour's chilling war documentary 'A157' will be screened at the 14th International Festival Signes de Nuit in France. The shocking documentary 'A157' which has been recently awarded by Library International Film Festival of India and won the Special Jury Award at Iran's Cinema Veritere, relates the horrors of war and terrorism in Syria, with a focus on three pregnant girls recounting their stories of war, violence and sexist conquest in a land where people have no more dreams. - 11/23/16

"Life+1 Day" Receives Best Film Award At Geneva Festival

- "Life+1 Day" by Iranian director Saeid Rustai has won the best film award at the 22nd Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans, which was held in the Swiss city from November 4 to 12. - 11/15/16

Iran's 'Inversion' wins Best Film Award at MedFilm Festival

- Iranian film 'Inversion' directed and written by Behnam Behzadi won the Best Film Award at 21st edition of MedFilm Festival. The Italian event held on November 4-12 is home to different feature movies and documentaries made in the Mediterranean and the new Europe areas. - 11/13/16

"The Salesman" wins Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at Chicago Film Festival

- A film that gives us unique insight into the problems that arise from a case of sexual assault and the way an Iranian society deals with it. At the same time, the film is an immensely powerful tale of revenge that is universal and, in this case, told in a realistic way which features extremely painful dilemmas. It is a tale which uncovers the human condition on many levels. The Special Jury Prize goes to The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi. - 10/22/16

Iranian actor calls for famous actress in exile to be welcomed back

- Javad Hashemi, a famous Iranian actor who is best known for his blockbuster roles as a compassionate Basij soldier, has caused controversy by saying in a televised interview, "If I were in office in the Islamic Republic and [Golshifteh Farahani] said that she wanted to return, I would say 'come back.'" -Misha Zand, Al Monitor - 10/20/16

7th London Iranian Film Festival: October 28th - November 2nd

- Europe's largest Iranian film festival returns for its 7th edition in London. We're thrilled to open this festival with 'The Salesman', winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at Cannes this year. - 10/17/16

Lima Wins Best Animation Award at Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

- Animation Lima directed by Afshin Roshanbakht and Vahid Jafari received the best animation award at the 10th Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. "A gorgeous stop motion short about a son's struggle to keep the memory of his father alive, with an evocative score by Icelandic composer Stein Thor." - 10/13/16

Iranians Now Watching US Presidential Debates and 'House of Cards' as Guide to America

- Viewers of Iranian state television have been given an unprecedented taste of the seamier side of U.S. politics, both real and imagined, leaving many in a country where governance is more opaque wondering about the choice facing Americans in November. -Newsmax - 10/13/16

Iran Cultural Official Resigns Over Concert In Holy City Of Qom

- A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom where many of Iran's senior ayatollahs are based. Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month. - 10/10/16



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