Dogtooth (film review)
Sohrab Shahid Saless
The Experience of Exile

A visionary and truly transnational artist, Shahid Saless remained a solitary figure throughout his life. Still his films have left an indelible mark..
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2017
The Square sweeps the Awards
Ruben Östlund’s film The Square – and more specifically a comedy – has taken home most of the awards from the European Film Awards ceremony..
Sophie's Choice • Review
Streep is memorable as Sophie

So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience. 'Sophie’s Choice' begins as a young Southerner's odyssey to..
'Vanaja' • Movie Review
A wondrous piece of filmmaking
A Sensitive, Engaging movie from a first-time filmmaker. Rajnesh Domalpalli made this poignant 2006 drama as his thesis film for a master's degree at Columbia University..
Invasion (2017)
How Thirsty are you?

'Invasion' is Shahram Mokri’s third feature after Fish & Cat. Both pics experiment “with nonlinear narrative, thriller elements and point of view,” as Variety critic wrote in her..
Half Moon | Niwemang
A road movie unlike any other
The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema. Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon is a beautiful and..
Emma Thompson demands
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is brought home

Actress Emma Thompson has accused Boris Johnson of doing “sweet FA” for the British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran..
Kedi (2017) • Movie review
As soft and warm as a kitten
Kedi is a cat fancier's dream, but this thoughtful, beautifully filmed look at Istanbul's street feline population offers absorbing viewing for filmgoers of any purr-suasion..
'Young Torless' • Cruelty of Man Is Explored
A great psychological and philosophical treatise on how normal, well-to-do people, can turn themselves into "torturers and sacrificial lambs," as Torless himself states..
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Movie Review
With uniformly great performances throughout the cast and Lanthimos’ stunning eye for detail and composition, this is one of the most unforgettable films of the year..
Until the Birds Return (2017)
My characters are at a turning point in their personal lives, yet they are not and do not want to be actors for change. In the 1990s an unprecedented civil war left 200,000 dead in Algeria, and tens of thousands..
The Divine Order (2017)
A hilarious comedy that hides ill-concealed discomfort
Petra Volpe continues to talk to us about women, and does so by turning the spotlight on a somewhat inglorious episode
Iranian filmmaker Cannot attend stokholm film festival
The acclaimed Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been denied exit from Iran and will not be able to attend the Stockholm International Film Festival..
WINDOW HORSES • A Canadian film about Iranian Poetry
A young Canadian poet with Chinese and Persian parents travels to Iran to perform at a poetry festival. Ann Marie Fleming’s..
A Look at “My Brother Khosro”
An intelligent movie dealing with a pain, a pain that without any pessimistic approach is part of a pain of a family, one of whose members has a mental problem..
ON THE BEACH 2017
'This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.' These lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears..
Al Berto: A Biopic about the life of Portuguese poet
Liberty was there for the taking, but people had not been taught to be free and were not sure exactly what to do with it. Al Berto was ready for Sines, but Sines wasn’t..
Houman Seyyedi talks to CWB
I knew Houman Seyyedi as a very talented actor until I learned about him as a film director and then came the big suprise. After watching the four movies that..
Pouran Drakhshandeh talks about Under the Smoky Roof
Last Thursday, was the opening night of 'Under the Smoky Roof', a social drama directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh at the Fine Arts Theater, Los Angeles..
12 European films awarded At The Warsaw Film Fest
The Polish event’s Grand Prix went to the Chinese feature To Kill a Watermelon. Danish film The Charmer by Milad Alami won Competition 1-2 prize..
LOVING VINCENT (2016)
The final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh are the subject of investigation in this formally daring work, seven years in the making, that marries live action performance to..
Never Let Me Go
With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers..
Interview • Milad Alami
SAN SEBASTIÁN 2017: Cineuropa chatted to Swedish-Iranian filmmaker Milad Alami, whose feature debut, The Charmer, is currently taking part in New Directors at San Sebastián..
Wild (2014)
Mini-Odyssey of a broken character
'I’m going to walk myself back to the woman my mother thought I was.' Powerfully moving and emotionally..
An Iranian film director
On the country's censorship

How does censorship work in Iran? The FRANCE 24 Observers team is publishing a two-part interview about censorship and Iranian cinema..
Mountain | Monte (2016)
Now, at 70 years old, Amir Naderi is a true international filmmaker. After "Mountain" (made in Italy) he is now ready to come home to US and start all over again. "It is just the beginning,"..
10th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
Welcome to the 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. This year, the festival presents 40 films from Iran, USA, Italy, France, Canada..
Shirin Neshat • Interview
VENICE 2017

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat remembers an iconic figure from Arab music on the big screen in Looking for Oum Kulthum, a film in competition in the Giornate degli Autori
VENICE 2017 • Interview
Emre Yeksan's The Gulf

“We live in a period of slow decay, and the smell won’t go away any time soon.” Emre Yeksan’s feature debut, The Gulf, has been premiered in the International..
Video Essay Explores
Orson Welles’ ‘F For Fake’

Most cineastes associate Orson Welles with films like “Touch of Evil” and “Citizen Kane.” But his 1974 oddity, is worth seeking out for those who wish to dig..
‘MOTHER! • VENICE 2017
7 Things to Know About

Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother' centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence...
Shirin Neshat • VENICE
'Looking for Oum Kulthum'

“story of an Iranian woman filmmaker, living in exile, who dares to make a film about an iconic Arab singer without being Arabic herself,” Neshat said in her first..
VENICE 2017 • Orizzonti
'Oblivion Verses'

Iranian filmmaker Alireza Khatami is presenting his debut feature Oblivion Verses in Orizzonti at Venice, where Cineuropa spoke to him about fantasy..
VENICE 2017 Competition
'Human Flow'

Artist Ai WeiWei is in the Venice competition with this documentary shot in 2015 and 2016, uncovering the growing crisis of displaced people across the..
Asghar Farhadi begins filming 'Everybody Knows'
The two-time Oscar winner is shooting this European co-production in Spain, with a Spanish-speaking cast headlined by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz..
The Song Of Scorpions
Anup Singh’s ambitious third feature stars Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan, following an independent woman as she struggles against hardship and treachery to remain true to her own instincts..
Tokyo Sonata :: Movie Review
An adventurous work both disturbing and ultimately moving. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears..
The Homesman (2014)
A genuine art film
"The Homesman," despite the title, is about women. Women are the center of the action, women drive the action forward, women are not only damsels in..
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM :: Movie Review
Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling..
The Innocents (2016)
'The Innocents’ is a profound meditation on a forgotten moment in history. Lou de Laage shines in Anne Fontaine's provocative historical drama. When Anne Fontaine’s “The Innocents” made its..
VENICE 2017 :: Venice Days
Samira Makhmalbaf named as jury president for Venice Days 2017. The Iranian actress and director will chair the jury made up of 28 young viewers from..
NETWORK (1976)
It's never been more timely
Criticised by some at the time for a certain naivety and lack of subtlety, this remains one of the most devastating condemnations of the media's urge to..
Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival
The iconic filmmaker and clarinet player Woody Allen joins the international headliners at the Copenhagen Jazz Fest
Death And The Maiden
A thought-provoking piece
"Death and the Maiden" is said to be based on events in Chile, but it could take place in any of the many countries where rule is by force and intimidation..
'Insyriated'(2017)
Gripping from start to finish

This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale. Hiam Abbass holds together a household under siege in..
Ali & Nino (2016)
A fascinating story of two young people in love who found themselves between East and West cultures during World War I and Civil War when young democratic Azerbaijan Republic got squashed by..
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Venezia's Hidden Treasure

Based on the true story of Veronica Franco, a well-born Venetian beauty who deliberately chose the life of a courtesan because it seemed a better choice than..
The Polygon People
The Documentary
A First look at the ‘most nuked place on Earth’ where Soviet Union detonated 456 bombs over the course of 40 years. A look at the way locals’ lives were..
‘When God Sleeps’ (2017)
winner of the Golden Heynal

The best music documentary film and hence the winner of the Golden Heynal award at the 57th Krakow Film Festival, by the decision of the Jury under the..
Cannes 2017 • Awards
And the winners are...
Ruben Östlund’s The Square wins the Palme d’Or. Pedro Almodóvar’s jury divided its prizes across a generally deserving spread of films..
Retrospective • Dustin Hoffman • The Graduate
Dustin Hoffman turns 80 later this year, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) takes the opportunity to celebrate the work of Dustin Hoffman, on the occasion of..
Mohammad Rasoulof's
Goodbye | Be omide didar
Another superb piece of work produced in Iran. Let's pause for a minute and reflect on just how difficult it is to get these movies made..
A Master's Final Frames
Cannes 2017

Movingly presented at the largest cinema in Cannes, the Iranian auteur Abbas kiarostami's final film may be the most experimental ever shown at the..
Iranian filmmaker wins major prize at Cannes
Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof's bleak drama "A Man of Integrity" won the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday..
Kantemir Balagov's 'Closeness' at Cannes
A social realist debut from Kantemir Balagov is an intense film influenced by the Dardenne brothers. For the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes..
Cannes’ FIPRESCI Prize goes to (Beats Per Minute)
The international critics have crowned Robin Campillo’s film BPM (Beats Per Minute); Closeness and The Nothing Factory also awarded..
The award winners of the Cinéfondation unveiled
Student films from Belgium, Iran and France, awarded at the Cinéfondation. The jury of the Cinéfondation, chaired by Cristian Mungiu, has handed prizes..
The Golden Eye goes to 'Faces, Places' at Cannes
The film by Agnès Varda and JR has won the award for the best documentary screened across the various Cannes selections this year..
'They' (2017)
Movie Review • Cannes 2017

A minor-key portrait of an identity crisis. Jane Campion executive produced Iranian-born director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's debut feature..
Susan Sarandon talks film and politics • Cannes 2017
In the run-up to the screening, Sarandon, who was named an ambassador for the beauty brand last year, sat down with WWD to talk film..
Loveless (2017)
Cannes 2017 • Movie Review

Such a haunting experience that it remains absorbing even when it doesn't go anywhere. Russia has always been a cold and dreary place in the cinema of..
Get Out (2017)
With the ambitious and challenging “Get Out,” Jordan Peele reveals that we may someday consider directing the greatest talent of this fascinating actor and writer..
Karim Moussaoui
Interview • Cannes 2017

Cineuropa met up with Karim Moussaoui to discuss his first film 'Until the Birds Return', presented in the Un Certain Regard section at the 70th Cannes Film..
Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Endless Poetry' (2016)
Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Endless Poetry' is the most accessible movie he has ever made, and it may also be the best. It's Felliniesque and moving..
The Other Side of Hope
Movie review

Five years after Le Havre, Finland’s deadpan morose-romantic master delivers the second part of a prospective ‘dockyard trilogy’ with this..
Lerd (2017) • Cannes
Interview with M. Rassoulof
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rassoulof represents Iran at the Un Certain Regard competition section of the 70th Cannes Film Festival with his latest film ..
Arnaud Desplechin talks about 'Ismael’s Ghosts'
CANNES 2017: French director Arnaud Desplechin talks about Ismael’s Ghosts, which was screened out of competition at the opening of the 70th Cannes Film..
Happy End (2017)
Cannes Film Festival
First Clip from Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ Features a Very Unhappy Dinner Party. After all, this is the director behind such films as 'The White Ribbon,' 'Amour..
Vanessa Redgrave Sparks
'The Loves of Isadora'

Karel Reisz' biographical portrait of Isadora Duncan stars Vanessa Redgrave as the famed modern dancer, who gained notoriety for her revolutionary..
Wild Tales (2015)
An inventive Argentinian film
Argentina’s “Wild Tales” comes as such an extraordinary surprise. Perhaps the best multi-story feature this reviewer has ever seen..
Noureddin Zarrinkelk
Life Achievement Award

A tribute to legendary Iranian/American animation director, writer and illustrator. Born on April 10, 1937 in Iran, Zarrinkelk founded the first school of Animation..
"The Idea of a Lake"
By Milagros Mumenthaler
Finding inspiration in the true story of a woman whose father disappeared during the civilian-military dictatorship in Argentina..
Tehran Taboo (2017)
First animation in Critics’ Week

In his animated drama, the German-Iranian filmmaker paints a dark picture of the metropolis, a city of prohibitions..
The Day Will Come
London Film Festival 2016
Based on real stories from a boy home called ‘godhavn’, where lots of boys were victims of violent and sexual abuse and medical experiments...
Respiro (2003)
The Critics' Week Grand Prize Winner at Cannes 2002

A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters ; using mental illness as an entertainment..
Southside with You (2016)
Barack and Michelle Obama's First Date
A mostly-true account of the first date between Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. A look back on a fateful..
History of the Festival de Cannes
A NEW FESTIVAL IS BORN

The first edition of the Festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis..
Hidden Reserves:
Immortality, but at what price?
Vienna in the near future. An insurance company has created a system in which people do not even have a right to..
Slavoj Zizek's
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

You don't have to share Slavoj Zizek's materialist philosophy to find his analyses of culture and movies witty, insightful..
The Birth of a Nation
Biblical passion and Cheesy emotion
Nate Parker’s heartfelt account of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in 1830s Virginia, is conventionally paced..
Graduation (2016)
A Study of Grubby Bureaucratic Compromise

Graduation marks yet another well-written and powerfully acted look at morality and societal decay from..
Incendies (2010)
A Powerful, Disturbing film
Adapted from the 2003 play by Wajdi Mouawad, twins Jeanne and Simon leave Canada for the Middle East to fulfill their mother’s final wish..
Spotlight (2015)
The Power Of The Press

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese..
Before the Flood (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth
Here is a heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time – climate change – presented by A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio..
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Winner of the Palme d’Or

I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography. Returning to filmmaking after saying..
"Razor’s Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses"
A look at the often controversial role of women in Iranian cinema during the secular period from the 1930s to the Islamic Revolution in 1979..
Afghan Film Festival
12-21. April 2017

After much planning and inspirational talk, we can finally unveil a special cultural event on Danish soil: Afghan Film Festival in Copenhagen..
Bahman Ghobadi's
‘Rhino Season’

Produced by Martin Scorsese, this is the first film Ghobadi has made in exile. The work of a great talent marshaling all of his powers as a cinematic storyteller..
Dying for a Song
"Art is education, art is existence, its everything"

A documentary about the musicians being persecuted for raising their voices against political, cultural or religious..
A Simple Plan • Review
A Frozen Setting Frames a Chilling Tale
"You work for the American Dream--you don't steal it." So says a Minnesota family man early in "A Simple Plan," but he is..
Macon Blair’s
'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore' (2017)

What's delightful about Macon Blair’s movie is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions..
Blue Jay (2016)
A trip down memory lane
Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past..
Paterson (2016)
'I breathe poetry'

Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet. The film adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to..
To Walk Invisible (2016)
A serious Brontë biopic
We finally have a biographic film that feels modern, in that it takes into account all we now know about the lives of the Brontë sisters, and throws away old..
Ixcanul (2016)
Life doesn't regenerate without untameable fury

You can sense the director's respect for his subject in the movie's unhurried dramatic rhythms, its grounding in..
A Man Called Ove • Review
Swedish Oscar nominee for Foreign Language Film for Oscars 2017, tells the familiar story of the curmudgeonly old man whose grumpy life is brightened by forces beyond his control..
Oscars 2017
Foreign language Oscar nominees decry 'climate of fanaticism in US'. The six directors in the running for this year’s foreign language Oscar have issued a joint statement blaming..
Berlinale 2017 • Awards
The 2017 Berlinale awards have just been announced. Ildikó Enyedi’s Hungarian drama 'On Body and Soul' won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday...
A Quiet Passion (2016)
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. This poised and painterly rendition of the..
Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann
The clash of personalities
Toni Erdmann pairs carefully constructed, three-dimensional characters in a tenderly funny character study that's both genuinely moving and..
Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals' (2016)
Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further underscores writer-director Tom Ford's distinctive visual and narrative skill...
Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscar Ceremony
The Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film “The Salesman” is nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category decided to not attend..
Barry Jenkins’ masterful “Moonlight”
'Moonlight' uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema...
Film Review: Pablo Larraín's Neruda (2016)
"Inventive, intelligent, and beautifully filmed, Neruda transcends the traditional biopic structure to look at the meaning beyond the details of its subject's life."..
Iranian actress to boycott Oscars
The lead actor in an Iranian drama nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category has said she will boycott this year’s ceremony..
Oscar nominations to: Land of Mine and Silent Nights
Martin Zandvliet's "Land of Mine" and Aske Bang's "Silent Nights" will be taking part in the world's most prestigious film event, selected as nominees in..
Pouran Drakhshandeh talks about Under the Smoky Roof
Last Thursday, was the opening night of 'Under the Smoky Roof', a social drama directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh at the Fine Arts Theater, Los Angeles. We had the opportunity to interview the director after the screening..
12 European films awarded At The Warsaw Film Fest
The Polish event’s Grand Prix went to the Chinese feature To Kill a Watermelon. Danish film The Charmer by Milad Alami won Competition 1-2 prize..
LOVING VINCENT (2016)
The final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh are the subject of investigation in this formally daring work, seven years in the making, that marries live action performance to..
Never Let Me Go
With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers..
Interview • Milad Alami
SAN SEBASTIÁN 2017: Cineuropa chatted to Swedish-Iranian filmmaker Milad Alami, whose feature debut, The Charmer, is currently taking part in New Directors at San Sebastián..
Wild (2014)
Mini-Odyssey of a broken character
'I’m going to walk myself back to the woman my mother thought I was.' Powerfully moving and emotionally..
An Iranian film director
On the country's censorship

How does censorship work in Iran? The FRANCE 24 Observers team is publishing a two-part interview about censorship and Iranian cinema..
Mountain | Monte (2016)
Now, at 70 years old, Amir Naderi is a true international filmmaker. After "Mountain" (made in Italy) he is now ready to come home to US and start all over again. "It is just the beginning,"..
10th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
Welcome to the 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. This year, the festival presents 40 films from Iran, USA, Italy, France, Canada..
Shirin Neshat • Interview
VENICE 2017

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat remembers an iconic figure from Arab music on the big screen in Looking for Oum Kulthum, a film in competition in the Giornate degli Autori
VENICE 2017 • Interview
Emre Yeksan's The Gulf

“We live in a period of slow decay, and the smell won’t go away any time soon.” Emre Yeksan’s feature debut, The Gulf, has been premiered in the International..
Video Essay Explores
Orson Welles’ ‘F For Fake’

Most cineastes associate Orson Welles with films like “Touch of Evil” and “Citizen Kane.” But his 1974 oddity, is worth seeking out for those who wish to dig..
‘MOTHER! • VENICE 2017
7 Things to Know About

Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother' centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence...
Shirin Neshat • VENICE
'Looking for Oum Kulthum'

“story of an Iranian woman filmmaker, living in exile, who dares to make a film about an iconic Arab singer without being Arabic herself,” Neshat said in her first..
VENICE 2017 • Orizzonti
'Oblivion Verses'

Iranian filmmaker Alireza Khatami is presenting his debut feature Oblivion Verses in Orizzonti at Venice, where Cineuropa spoke to him about fantasy..
VENICE 2017 Competition
'Human Flow'

Artist Ai WeiWei is in the Venice competition with this documentary shot in 2015 and 2016, uncovering the growing crisis of displaced people across the..
Asghar Farhadi begins filming 'Everybody Knows'
The two-time Oscar winner is shooting this European co-production in Spain, with a Spanish-speaking cast headlined by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz..
The Song Of Scorpions
Anup Singh’s ambitious third feature stars Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan, following an independent woman as she struggles against hardship and treachery to remain true to her own instincts..
Tokyo Sonata :: Movie Review
An adventurous work both disturbing and ultimately moving. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears..
The Homesman (2014)
A genuine art film
"The Homesman," despite the title, is about women. Women are the center of the action, women drive the action forward, women are not only damsels in..
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM :: Movie Review
Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling..
The Innocents (2016)
'The Innocents’ is a profound meditation on a forgotten moment in history. Lou de Laage shines in Anne Fontaine's provocative historical drama. When Anne Fontaine’s “The Innocents” made its..
VENICE 2017 :: Venice Days
Samira Makhmalbaf named as jury president for Venice Days 2017. The Iranian actress and director will chair the jury made up of 28 young viewers from..
NETWORK (1976)
It's never been more timely
Criticised by some at the time for a certain naivety and lack of subtlety, this remains one of the most devastating condemnations of the media's urge to..
Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival
The iconic filmmaker and clarinet player Woody Allen joins the international headliners at the Copenhagen Jazz Fest
Death And The Maiden
A thought-provoking piece
"Death and the Maiden" is said to be based on events in Chile, but it could take place in any of the many countries where rule is by force and intimidation..
'Insyriated'(2017)
Gripping from start to finish

This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale. Hiam Abbass holds together a household under siege in..
Ali & Nino (2016)
A fascinating story of two young people in love who found themselves between East and West cultures during World War I and Civil War when young democratic Azerbaijan Republic got squashed by..
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Venezia's Hidden Treasure

Based on the true story of Veronica Franco, a well-born Venetian beauty who deliberately chose the life of a courtesan because it seemed a better choice than..
The Polygon People
The Documentary
A First look at the ‘most nuked place on Earth’ where Soviet Union detonated 456 bombs over the course of 40 years. A look at the way locals’ lives were..
‘When God Sleeps’ (2017)
winner of the Golden Heynal

The best music documentary film and hence the winner of the Golden Heynal award at the 57th Krakow Film Festival, by the decision of the Jury under the..
Cannes 2017 • Awards
And the winners are...
Ruben Östlund’s The Square wins the Palme d’Or. Pedro Almodóvar’s jury divided its prizes across a generally deserving spread of films..
Retrospective • Dustin Hoffman • The Graduate
Dustin Hoffman turns 80 later this year, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) takes the opportunity to celebrate the work of Dustin Hoffman, on the occasion of..
Mohammad Rasoulof's
Goodbye | Be omide didar
Another superb piece of work produced in Iran. Let's pause for a minute and reflect on just how difficult it is to get these movies made..
A Master's Final Frames
Cannes 2017

Movingly presented at the largest cinema in Cannes, the Iranian auteur Abbas kiarostami's final film may be the most experimental ever shown at the..
Iranian filmmaker wins major prize at Cannes
Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof's bleak drama "A Man of Integrity" won the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday..
Kantemir Balagov's 'Closeness' at Cannes
A social realist debut from Kantemir Balagov is an intense film influenced by the Dardenne brothers. For the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes..
Cannes’ FIPRESCI Prize goes to (Beats Per Minute)
The international critics have crowned Robin Campillo’s film BPM (Beats Per Minute); Closeness and The Nothing Factory also awarded..
The award winners of the Cinéfondation unveiled
Student films from Belgium, Iran and France, awarded at the Cinéfondation. The jury of the Cinéfondation, chaired by Cristian Mungiu, has handed prizes..
The Golden Eye goes to 'Faces, Places' at Cannes
The film by Agnès Varda and JR has won the award for the best documentary screened across the various Cannes selections this year..
'They' (2017)
Movie Review • Cannes 2017

A minor-key portrait of an identity crisis. Jane Campion executive produced Iranian-born director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's debut feature..
Susan Sarandon talks film and politics • Cannes 2017
In the run-up to the screening, Sarandon, who was named an ambassador for the beauty brand last year, sat down with WWD to talk film..
Loveless (2017)
Cannes 2017 • Movie Review

Such a haunting experience that it remains absorbing even when it doesn't go anywhere. Russia has always been a cold and dreary place in the cinema of..
Get Out (2017)
With the ambitious and challenging “Get Out,” Jordan Peele reveals that we may someday consider directing the greatest talent of this fascinating actor and writer..
Karim Moussaoui
Interview • Cannes 2017

Cineuropa met up with Karim Moussaoui to discuss his first film 'Until the Birds Return', presented in the Un Certain Regard section at the 70th Cannes Film..
Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Endless Poetry' (2016)
Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Endless Poetry' is the most accessible movie he has ever made, and it may also be the best. It's Felliniesque and moving..
The Other Side of Hope
Movie review

Five years after Le Havre, Finland’s deadpan morose-romantic master delivers the second part of a prospective ‘dockyard trilogy’ with this..
Lerd (2017) • Cannes
Interview with M. Rassoulof
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rassoulof represents Iran at the Un Certain Regard competition section of the 70th Cannes Film Festival with his latest film ..
Arnaud Desplechin talks about 'Ismael’s Ghosts'
CANNES 2017: French director Arnaud Desplechin talks about Ismael’s Ghosts, which was screened out of competition at the opening of the 70th Cannes Film..
Happy End (2017)
Cannes Film Festival
First Clip from Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ Features a Very Unhappy Dinner Party. After all, this is the director behind such films as 'The White Ribbon,' 'Amour..
Vanessa Redgrave Sparks
'The Loves of Isadora'

Karel Reisz' biographical portrait of Isadora Duncan stars Vanessa Redgrave as the famed modern dancer, who gained notoriety for her revolutionary..
Wild Tales (2015)
An inventive Argentinian film
Argentina’s “Wild Tales” comes as such an extraordinary surprise. Perhaps the best multi-story feature this reviewer has ever seen..
Noureddin Zarrinkelk
Life Achievement Award

A tribute to legendary Iranian/American animation director, writer and illustrator. Born on April 10, 1937 in Iran, Zarrinkelk founded the first school of Animation..
"The Idea of a Lake"
By Milagros Mumenthaler
Finding inspiration in the true story of a woman whose father disappeared during the civilian-military dictatorship in Argentina..
Tehran Taboo (2017)
First animation in Critics’ Week

In his animated drama, the German-Iranian filmmaker paints a dark picture of the metropolis, a city of prohibitions..
The Day Will Come
London Film Festival 2016
Based on real stories from a boy home called ‘godhavn’, where lots of boys were victims of violent and sexual abuse and medical experiments...
Respiro (2003)
The Critics' Week Grand Prize Winner at Cannes 2002

A cheerful, life-affirming film, strong in its energy, about vivid characters ; using mental illness as an entertainment..
Southside with You (2016)
Barack and Michelle Obama's First Date
A mostly-true account of the first date between Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. A look back on a fateful..
History of the Festival de Cannes
A NEW FESTIVAL IS BORN

The first edition of the Festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis..
Hidden Reserves:
Immortality, but at what price?
Vienna in the near future. An insurance company has created a system in which people do not even have a right to..
Slavoj Zizek's
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

You don't have to share Slavoj Zizek's materialist philosophy to find his analyses of culture and movies witty, insightful..
The Birth of a Nation
Biblical passion and Cheesy emotion
Nate Parker’s heartfelt account of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in 1830s Virginia, is conventionally paced..
Graduation (2016)
A Study of Grubby Bureaucratic Compromise

Graduation marks yet another well-written and powerfully acted look at morality and societal decay from..
Incendies (2010)
A Powerful, Disturbing film
Adapted from the 2003 play by Wajdi Mouawad, twins Jeanne and Simon leave Canada for the Middle East to fulfill their mother’s final wish..
Spotlight (2015)
The Power Of The Press

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese..
Before the Flood (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth
Here is a heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time – climate change – presented by A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio..
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Winner of the Palme d’Or

I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography. Returning to filmmaking after saying..
"Razor’s Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses"
A look at the often controversial role of women in Iranian cinema during the secular period from the 1930s to the Islamic Revolution in 1979..
Afghan Film Festival
12-21. April 2017

After much planning and inspirational talk, we can finally unveil a special cultural event on Danish soil: Afghan Film Festival in Copenhagen..
Bahman Ghobadi's
‘Rhino Season’

Produced by Martin Scorsese, this is the first film Ghobadi has made in exile. The work of a great talent marshaling all of his powers as a cinematic storyteller..
Dying for a Song
"Art is education, art is existence, its everything"

A documentary about the musicians being persecuted for raising their voices against political, cultural or religious..
A Simple Plan • Review
A Frozen Setting Frames a Chilling Tale
"You work for the American Dream--you don't steal it." So says a Minnesota family man early in "A Simple Plan," but he is..
Macon Blair’s
'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore' (2017)

What's delightful about Macon Blair’s movie is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions..
Blue Jay (2016)
A trip down memory lane
Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past..
Paterson (2016)
'I breathe poetry'

Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet. The film adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to..
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The Girl’s House (2015)
Nominated for Grand Prix – Tokyo Film Festival

Written by the celebrated Parviz Shahbazi, the movie is about a girl who commits suicide a day before her wedding. Her friends are shopping excitedly for the grand event when somebody calls and tells them that the bride is dead and the wedding is over...
Avalanche | Bahman (2015)
A wonderful performance from Motamed-Aria

Homa is assigned a 10-day night shift to take care of an old woman while her treating doctor is away. A huge snowstorm has hit the country and is causing havoc throughout the city. As the nights go by, she has trouble sleeping...
Invasion | Hojoom (2017)
In a very long eclipse of the sun, an unknown disease has been widespread. Ali is accused of the murder of Saman in a club and the police is going to stage a reconstruction of the murder...
Untaken Paths (2017)
A film by Tahmineh Milani

Director Tahmineh Milani's new film takes on the challenging topic of violence against women and women's depiction in cinema. She is no stranger to stories of marital struggles for women. It is a theme that has run across her filmography...
Legendary Iranian Actress Spends time in hospital
According to a Facebook post, Iranian culture and art supporter in Los Angeles, the legendary Iranian actress Vida Ghahramani has been spending some time during the past few months in hospital, in Los Angeles, where she lives...
Under the Smoky Roof (2017)
A new movie by Pouran Derakhshandeh

Under the Smoky Roof, is the story of a broken family, Shirin who has problems with her husband and child is searching for a way to communicate with them and solve her family problems but she can not succeed in that so reaches a crisis...
My Brother, Khosrow (2017)
Khosrow (Shahab Hosseini) who is a bi-polar is forced to live in his brother’s house Nasser, as his guardian and sister goes abroad for a while. The brothers soon find themsleves in friction due to the challenging behavior of Khosrow and quesrionable moral decisions by Nasser....
Risk of Acid Rain (2015)
Another Negah-e No film featuring the poet Shams Langaroudi

The latest debut Iranian film by Writer-Director Behtash Sanaeeha, Risk of Acid Rain is a riot of an impassive but gorgeous imagery painted with the distinctive colors of loneliness suffered by an elder man struggling to attain the emotional stability in...
Malaria (2016)
Winner of Grand Prix at Warsaw

'Malaria' serves as a technologically innovative interpretation of a situation provoked by traditional religious sensibilities. After being turned away by multiple establishments for being an unmarried couple, Hanna and Murry seek refuge at the house of Azi, an aspiring rock musician...
Atom Heart Mother (2014)
Pitched somewhere between dream and reality, Ali Ahmadzadeh’s film is a surreal tale of two party girls and their close encounter with … the devil? “Atom Heart Mother” along with Shahram Mokri’s “Fish & Cat,” represents an exciting example of Iranian independent filmmaking, one that inspires hope for the future...
‘No Date, No Signature’ • Venice Film Festival Review
Iranian cinema continues to draw large audiences at festivals, and Vahid Jalilvand’s second feature ‘No Date, No Signature’ (‘Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza’) was much applauded at its Venice Horizons bow...
A report on Iranian film 'Take Off'
Ifilm exclusive report on Iranian film 'Take Off' starring Mostafa Zamani, Pegah Ahangarani, Reza Yazdani.. and directed by Ehsan Abdipour whom Ifilm managed to catch in the location of his new movie and ask him about his inspiration for making ‘Take Off’...
THE BUFFALO (2016)
The Buffalo narrates the story of a couple who plan to leave country after committing a theft. They go to the northern port city of Anzali to meet a man who is to smuggle them across the border. However, the meeting does not go off well...
Mountain | Monte (2016)
"Mountain" or "Monte" in Italian, has been selected out of competition at the 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival where Amir Naderi has received Venice's Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmaker Award 2016....
10th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
Welcome to the 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. This year, the festival presents 40 films from Iran, USA, Italy, France, Canada. We are happy and proud to continue our mission to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world...
Hey, Humans (Ay Adamha) (2015)
Through the charity organization, “Chain of Hope”, a team of volunteer Iranian and French medical doctors treat underprivileged child patients from all over Iran in three branches of cardiac, orthopaedics and rehabilitation to the highest standards...
Finals | Emtehan-e Nahaaee (2016)
The premise of director Adel Yaraghi’s latest film, Finals, was conceived of by the late Abbas Kiarostami, who took Yaraghi under his wing in his last years and assisted him in writing the screenplay. Much of the visual strategy found in Finals is reminiscent of Kiarostami’s work...
A Man of Integrity | Lerd (2017)
‘Lerd’ tells the story of a couple who have retired to the countryside but whose land is coveted by a private company. Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's "A Man of Integrity" won the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday...
'24 Frames': The Last Film by Abbas Kiarostami
It is utterly about endings, but also about eternity. It’s also about Iranian censorship laws, since it breaks three of them: a woman appears with her hair uncovered, a woman sings by herself, and a woman and a man kiss...
A House on 41st Street (2016)
A middle-class family in Tehran falls apart when brother kills brother over a bounced check, in director Hamid Reza Ghorbani’s A House on 41st Street. A drama that starts low-key and gradually moves into complex psychological and moral territory....
MRS. | Khanoom (2014)
This episodic movie shows the life of three women who despite belonging to different social classes, have similar personal problems. This first feature film by Tina Pakravan is a clear reflection of how women in Tehran deal with their problems and how they overcome them...
THE SIS | Abji (2016)
Tala and Ati (Sis) are a mother and daughter who have lived together for many years; almost 50 years, as long as the life of Sis. Their situation, however, does not last long, and the days of separation arrive...
Iranian Film Festival in Zurich To honor Dariush Mehrjui
Veteran Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui will be honored for his lifetime achievements during the 3rd Iranian Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland...
Interview • Ali Soozandeh • Director of Tehran Taboo
Cineuropa have interviewed Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh, who is competing with his first feature Tehran Taboo, produced by Germany and Austria, in the Critics' Week of the 70th Cannes Film Festival...
Reza Mirkarimi • Interview (2017)
Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi has been working as the director of the Fajr IFF in Tehran since 2015. Cineuropa chatted to him at the gathering about how the festival has changed over the years...
Life Achievement Award for Noureddin Zarrinkelk
A tribute to legendary Iranian/American animation director, writer and illustrator. Born on April 10, 1937 in Iran, Zarrinkelk founded the first school of Animation, which later merged with the prestigious faculty of fine art of Farabi University...
Life+1 Day (Abad va Yek Rooz) (2016)
The graphic account of a poverty-stricken family living in Tehran through the days before the youngest daughter of the family, Somaieh, is departing to start her marriage to a supposedly rich Afghan...
Paat (2016)
A dog bears silent witness to various human-societal ills in this modest but accomplished drama. This episodic narrative with one furry running thread is a modest, compact enterprise that should continue successfully traveling the fest circuit, perhaps picking up an award or two to bolster..
'Lantouri' (2016)
At its most basic level, this social drama is about lex talionis, the “eye for an eye” retaliation justice permitted by Islamic law, but it also references a whirlwind of themes, including Iran’s human-rights violations, the struggle for women’s’ rights..
Inversion (Varoonegi) (2016)
With fascinating insights into everyday life in Tehran, the film portrays the 'inversion" of a woman, and her mutiny against male domination. Tehran’s air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her..
YAHYA DIDN’T KEEP QUIET (2015)
This gentle and wholly satisfying two-character tale pairs Motamed-Aria, Iran’s internationally renowned star, with a precocious and highly appealing child actor. Set in an inner-city neighborhood of modern-day Tehran, Tala Motazedi’s screenplay opens with an introduction to Yahya...
Death of the Fish (2015)
Rouhollah Hejazi’s last installment in his trilogy, depicts the story of siblings who gather at the family house after their mother has passed away. Upon her death, she leaves a strange will requesting that her children keep her body in the house for 3 days and not to inform anybody from the relatives..
Two | Do (2015)
Bahman returns from Europe to put his late father’s house in order. The maid, Pari, hired by Bahman’s cousin, arrives to help him out. Hired against his will, he finds her intrusion annoying. When Pari needs his help, the isolated Bahman must decide whether to get involved...
Me (aka I) (2016)
In Soheil Beiraghi’s debut, Leila Hatami plays the force-of-nature queen of Tehran’s underground, a ruthless and enigmatic fixer, staying one step ahead of the law as she forges passports, moves illicit booze, and effortlessly emasculates a musical protégé..
THE WEDNESDAY (2016)
Jubilation descends into trauma, when Akram’s long awaited engagement ceremony is darkened by the murder of her father by a member of the groom’s family...
Sound and Fury (Khashm Va Hayahoo) (2016)
‘Sound and Fury’ by Iranian filmmaker Houman Seyedi depicts the life of Khosro, a pop singer, who lives a hectic life with his wife Tina and his son. His life is further complicated when he becomes involved with a female fan...
A DRAGON ARRIVES! (2016)
At its core, this is (probably) a story about three men who go the remote, desertified Iranian island of Qeshm in 1965 to investigate, each in their own way, the aftermath of the suicide of a political prisoner...
Night Shift (2015)
Filmmaker and actress Niki Karimi turns to a social drama about a middle-class couple in trouble. Caught up in a downward economic spiral, which they disguise from each other. and the world with a web of lies, the story is meatier than Karimi’s other films...
'Wednesday, May 9' (2015)
Iran’s only representative at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, “Wednesday May 9” won Discovery of the Year and received the Golden Puffin in RIFF’s Award Ceremony 2015 in Reykjavík. Twelve films competed in the category New Visions, all debut or sophomore efforts from directors..
‘DAUGHTER’ • wins grand prize at MIFF (2016)
Based on a script by Mehran Kashani, Mirkarimi’s eighth feature film is about a family living in the southwestern city of Abadan, Iran, who is awaiting the proposal ceremony of the older daughter. Meanwhile, Setareh, the younger daughter, announces she is off to Tehran to say farewell to...
'I am Nasser Hejazi' (2015)
Directed by Nima Tabatabaei, the documentary looks at the life of the legendary Iranian Goalkeeper, Nasser Hejazi, in 5 episods narrated by Shahab Hosseini, Bahram Radan, Parviz Parastooie.. It topped box office sales in Iran's cinema and home videos in the seven-day period from May 21 to 27...
‘Nahid’ • Cannes Film Review
Temporary marriage, Iranian-style, takes center stage in director Ida Panahandeh's sensitive, well-acted and reasonably absorbing melodrama that adds another valuable voice to the cinematic chorus concerning the generally deplorable position of women in Islamic society...
What’s The Time In Your World? (2014)
On a sudden whim Goli decides to return to Iran after 20 years of living in France. She lands in Rasht, her home town, located in the north of the country. Farhad, a frame maker by trade, comes to welcome her. He seems to know her well, but the young woman has absolutely no recollection of him...
A Few Cubic Meters of Love (2014)
Afghanistan's foreign-language Oscar entry is an earnest but affecting social-issue drama. Set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Tehran where a factory owner employs a horde of illegal Afghan workers, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” is an earnest but affecting social-issue drama centered on a forbidden relationship...
Crazy Castle (Rokhe Divaneh) (2014)
Crazy (Rokh-e Divaneh) a film directed by Abolhassan Davoodi and produced by Bita Mansouri wins 5 awards including Best Film and Best Director at Iranian Fajr Film Fesstival. Crazy Face is about a group of young people who, as members of an online community, meet each other at an event in a cafe in Tehran...
Coming 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival
San Francisco: September 26-27, 2015

Call for entries are open for the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco.San Francisco – Iranian Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films...
'Snow' (Barf): Shanghai Review
A sadly familiar and current family meltdown, Iranian style.
A solidly middle-class Tehran family sees its fortunes and status vanish overnight in Mehdi Rahmani’s Snow, a contemporary domestic drama rooted in the fragility of modern life as it is influenced by economics and appearances...
WITH OTHERS / BA DIGARAN (2014)
Arezoo and Amir-Hossein's life turns into a critical situation as they cannot have a child. There is just one solution, surrogate mother, for which Tahereh, Arezoo's close friend and colleague, can open a new horizon in the young couple's life...
Melbourne (2014)
Amir and Sara are a young couple on their way to Melbourne to continue their studies. However, just a few hours before the departure of their flight, they are unintentionally involved in a tragic event...
Today (2014)
Selected for Foreign-Language Oscar Consideration. Today is a profound testament to the enduring power of empathy and fellow feeling in an increasingly cruel and prejudicial world. With a pair of absorbing performances, Parastui and Golestani, draw the viewer gradually in, painting a highly sympathetic portrait of suffering in the context of a seemingly uncaring environment...
Red Carpet (2014)
An Iranian man with high hopes of becoming a professional actor arrives in Canne, France to meet Spielberg but his expectations and the reality are not so much alike. Reza Attaran, the director, actor and screenwriter of “Red Carpet” has said that he doesn’t intend to...
SNOW (2014)
Affluent in the past, destitute now, Vaziri family have a hard time to hide their present situation on the very day a suitor is coming from abroad to propose to their only daughter. Their house is mortgaged and the father is trying to solve his eldest son’s financial problems...
Meeting Leila (2012)
A romantic comedy of sorts, Meeting Leila features Leila Hatami (from A Separation), who plays a woman –a perfume tester– who is trying to get her fiancé to quit smoking...
I’m Not Angry! (2014)
Iranian director Reza Dormishian’s social drama "I’m Not Angry!" (Asabani Nistam!) was screened in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. This film is an experience at close quarters of the powerlessness of a lost generation who feels robbed of its birthright, and whose protests come to nothing...
Tell Me of the Seas (2014)
A tale of two mothers and daughters, one imaginary (Roya and Darya), the other real (Azar and Nina) sharing a cell in prison. Roya is a young sketch artist who was arrested on the day her exhibit was to open in Tehran....
Sensitive Floor (2013)
A man buries his wife in a two-storey grave after she dies; but after a while he discovers that an unknown man is buried in the second floor of the grave.. This is the story of Bijan Kamali, a middle-aged man, facing some conflicts after his wife's death...
Lovable Trash (2013)
Lovable Trash is the story of an elderly woman who has one night to clear her house of any problematic items during the protests following the presidential elections of 2009...
Deep Breath (2003)
This wry, whimsical character study from Parvis Shahbazi may be the first cinematic account of the urban slacker phenomenon in Iran. Mansour Shahbazi and Saeed Amini play a couple of listless twentysomethings, each from opposite ends of the social spectrum but both equally bored with their constricted lives...
Trapped (2013)
This fascinating moral thriller is centered on the bristling relationship between two very different young women in contemporary Tehran. Nazanin (Nazanin Bayati) is a determined first year medical student. Since there is no free space in the university dorm and...
Actors Studio (2013)
The World Is Going To Change! Winner of Joury special award from 31st Fajr Film Festival. In an acting studio the impact of the recent social changes on family relationship is reconstructed and displayed; the main theme of the filmmaker, writer and producer Alireza Davoudnejad's latest film...
The Wooden Bridge (2012)
In the post-election events, everything gets more complicated: Amir's sister, Aida, is arrested and his old love, Nazli, comes back to him after ten years... Wooden Bridge was a passage over the northern trench of old Tehran, connecting the capital to the countryside of...
I Am a Mother (2012)
I Am a Mother tells the story of a young woman raped by a man who is a close friend of her parents. She kills the man in revenge for the offense, then her mother claims she was the murderer in order to save her daughter from qisas, the Islamic law of equal retaliation in punishment...
The Sinners | Gonahkaran (2012)
Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one. A beautiful, independent woman returning home after seven years in the US meets a violent end on the streets of Tehran in this tightly-plotted Iranian film noir reminiscent of the dark and stylish films of David Fincher....
Hush! Girls don't Scream (2013)
Iranian film director, Pouran Derakhshandeh, tackles the issue of pedophilia.
Shirin has two unsuccessful experience in marriage. In her third engagement, she faces with a psychological crisis and tries to get rid of it by reminding her dark days in childhood...
Watch The Tree of Life | Derakht-e Jaan (1998)
The Four Seasons Chronicle of a tribe's struggle for survival in a climatically harsh part of Iran. Within the context of a love story, the film presents a panorama of birth, growth and death, of beliefs and rites of this splendid tribe....
One Line of Reality (2012)
The career of a journalist couple, Kasra and Forough is endangered in the aftermath of political and social changes, which have led to the closure of many Iranians journals. They publish a cultural-literary weekly magazine, however they are facing several problems which discourage them to carry on the job...
The Rule of Accident (2013)
The Rule of Accident is about a group of theatre students who are trying to prepare and present a piece of theatre. "The Rule of Accident", an Iranian family drama, has won the Crystal Simorgh for best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival...
Snow on the Pines (2013)
Married life of Rouya and Ali falls into a crisis after 13 years. Now Rouya should continue her life with new conditions. In this proceeding she reaches to a new understanding of life. The family drama “Snow on the Pines” was among the big winners at the Iranian Film Critics...
Hatred (2012)
Zhaleh and Hamed are two youngsters from the third generation of Iranian immigrants who have settled down in another country against their will. Their families who find Iran’s living conditions unsuitable, take refuge in Turkey in order to ...
My Mother’s Home, Lagoon (2001)
Like Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes, 67-year-old Kobra battles the elements on a lagoon in Iran to eke out a living for herself and her 100-year-old invalid mother. Even on New Year's day she is out in her rowboat before dawn...
It's a Dream - In Yek Royast (2012)
Roya is a resourceful young woman who is juggling with loans to pay back a large debt. With her gift of the gab and her determination to fight her way out, she finds herself at the top of a small ponzi scheme that promises to be lucrative, but very soon the mechanism seizes up and a sense of control gives way to anxiety...
Seven Acts (2000)
Four young men: an English teacher whose relationship with his girlfriend is going to break, because of his financial problems, a clerck whose brother with a incurable disease makes him many troubles, a philosophy student whose poorly life is dominated by an ironic nihilism and...
By No Reason (2012)
A couple are moving in to a house with a lot of boxes to start their married life, but the former residents are still there with their wrapped up furniture and boxes too!
Stories | Ghesse-ha (2012)
Bani-E’temad, one of the best female filmmakers in the country, follows the story of her films’ characters after nearly two decades. Socially conscious and bitter, without losing continuity...
The Last Step (2012)
In director Ali Mosaffa’s psychological story, his wife in real life, Leila Hatami, pretty much plays herself – a beautiful and gifted Iranian film star. But the male focus of the story is the heroine’s recently deceased husband Koshrow, who becomes the somewhat unreliable narrator of a playful...
Painting Pool (2012)
Mariam and Reza are different from other people; this difference is not a simple matter but is a very important one. They should try to show other people that they have solved this big problem with the magic of love. "Painting Pool" is ​​Maziar Miri's latest movie after Felicity Land ...
Rhino Season - Fasle Kargadan (2012)
A film by Bahman Ghobadi dedicated to the memory of Saneh Jaleh, an Iranian-Kurdish student who was killed in the February 14, 2011 demonstrations in Iran, as well as Farzad Kamangar, an Iranian-Kurdish teacher who was executed that year for alleged political activities...
Modest Reception (2012)
Modest Reception is a film both farcical and full of anger that continues in a Beckettian vein. Its desolate location seems to have come from another world, peopled by characters that appear either uprooted or merely passing through...
Duet (2006)
In September 2001 when the world was in shock by the attacks on the World Trade Center, in another part of the world, in a peaceful and mountainside area of Iran, a retired and paralyzed soldier of Iran-Iraq war is struggling to bring peace to the world in a miraculous way...
20 Fingers (2004)
A film in several episodes with Bijan Daneshmand and Mania Akbari, whose feature-length directorial debut, is an incisive eye-opening film about gender relations in contemporary Iran. Each scene consists of a 10-minute, one-shot dialogue between two characters...
A Respectable Family (2012)
Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Teheran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he is reminded of the hardships of his childhood at the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1981...
Africa (2012)
Three young men who by coercion and neglect has been pulled out to the crime, end up in a dead end and decides to take a common mission. Meanwhile a girl comes into their lives and this would have a crucial impact on their fate...
From Tehran to London (2012)
Mania Akbari starts shooting a film titled "Women Do Not Have Breasts". It is a story about a couple by the name of Ava and Ashkan who live in a beautiful house located in the outskirts of the city with their caretaker couple, Maryam and Rahim...
Watch "For a Moment, Freedom (2009)"
For a Moment, Freedom is a highly political and truthful film which liberates the fate of refugees from the anonymity of newsreels. It is a moving plea for the right of every person to a life of self-determination. For a Moment Freedom tells its different stories without pointing the moral finger...
Facing Mirrors (2011)
Facing Mirrors is the first Iranian film ever with a transgender protagonist, but even apart from that worthy achievement, it is a fine film in its own right, with skillfully drawn characters and an engaging story. Unquestionably a Must-See film for all audiences...
A Respectable Family (2012)
Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Teheran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he is reminded of the hardships of his childhood at the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1981...
WIND AND FOG (2011)
The winner of the Berlinale special ‘Cinema fairbindet’ award is an outstanding anti-war film. Making wondrous use of classic fantasy elements (the climax unfolds in a misty, magical forest), Wind & Fog is humanist filmmaking at its most affecting...
Parviz (2012)
Parviz is a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and never held a job. His days are spent in doing housework for his father and chores for the people of the residential complex in which they live...
Rainy Seasons (2010)
Watch an interview with Majid Barzegar
Set in the rarely seen world of Iranian middle class youth, this is a gritty urban drama of modern teenage life in Teheran today. Sina, a 16-year-old teenager from Teheran’s middle class, experiences a new life on the verge of his parents’ divorce...
Kissing the Moon-Like Face (2012)
Homayoun Assadian gives us a film that speaks with deep knowledge of the long, ineradicable scars of war, of Iran today, and of loss and friendship. Two elderly women, friends and neighbours for decades, both had their sons go MIA in the Iran-Irag War many years ago…
Hatred (2012)
Zhaleh and Hamed are two youngsters from the third generation of Iranian immigrants who have settled down in another country against their will. Their families who find Iran’s living conditions unsuitable, take refuge in Turkey in order to ...
The Paternal House (2012)
Eighty-five years ago, for some moral issues, a man together with his young son, kills his own daughter and buries her at the basement of their house. The hidden grave would create a connection between subsequent generations of the family...
Please Don't Disturb (2010)
The film is set in contemporary Tehran, and portrays the city life in three distinctive episodes of sentiment, sensitivity and wit. In the first story, we see a young woman who has been beaten by her husband. The woman is about to complain legally, but the husband is concerned about his job and the embarrassment...
Watch We Are Half of Iran's Population (2009)
A Unique Journey Into The Heart & Soul of Iranian Culture
Three months before Iran's presidential elections Iranian women's rights activists are filmed posing their questions to the ten candidates and three of them discuss their opinions after watching the film...
A Respectable Family (2012)
Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Chiraz, a city far from Tehran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he is reminded of the hardships of his childhood at the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1981...
Absolutely Tame As a Horse (2011)
Kahani depicts a new facet of the Iranian urban life in Absolutely Tame As a Horse. This bitter film is about homeless people who have no haven in a big city. The life of a few young people is told from the viewpoint of a police officer who...
Death is My Profession (2011)
"Death is My Profession" is about the struggle of people who have to accept any work offered to survive in a neglected society.The young Amir Saghafi delivers a surprisingly mature and stylish feature debut with 'Death is My Profession'...
Final Whistle (2011)
As in her previous films, and more assertive perhaps, Niki Karimi delivers a strong story, filmed in a hurry, camera in hand, as in hiding, even if the result is somewhat chaotic. Niki Karimi plays herself the role of Sahar, a director of documentaries for television...
Watch O.K. Mister (1978)
A LOST IRANIAN COMIC MASTERPIECE - En & Fr
OK MISTER is one of the most bizarre films ever made in Iran - especially as a comedy. Actually there are very few good comedies in the entire history of Iranian, for a very understandable reason. Comedies are usually concerned with criticizing personalities...
Here Without Me (2011)
The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans...
Earthbound (2008)
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The story line in this film is about a poet-painter Bahman Namdar (Reza Kianian) who had moved back to his ancestral home in Kurdestan to get away from all the complicated relationships in the capital city of Iran ,Tehran...
Salve (2011)
A sickly but devoted old woman, Aziz, tries to help her granddaughter Maryam, a skittish addict, to survive in Teheran’s tortured underground. Beaten by her father with a belt, Maryam hastens to escape her strict household...
Wind Blows in the Meadow (2009)
Shooka, a spirited, hardworking girl from an Iranian mountain village is to be married in an arranged marriage. Shokrollah, her neighbor with Down syndrome, has been head over heels in love with Shooka since they were children, and so ...
Watch Poet of the wastes (2005)
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

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With a spare, conceptual screenplay by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the grandfather of Iranian cinema, comes a remarkable debut from director Mohammad Ahmadi. This is an unusual fare from Tehran: a film whose intent is to steer absolutely clear of political commentary...
A Cube of Sugar (2011)
The story happens in an old family house in an old city of Iran. The silence of the house is broken with the arrival of some guests. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister in the family, Pasandide, her four elder sisters come to their old family house to help their mother...
Good Bye - Be Omid E Didar (2011)
Be Omid e Didar is a subtly intelligent film about repression and desire for freedom in Iran. It is astonishing that Mohammad Rasoulof, who is convicted to prison and banned from working, could get permission to shoot this film because of its extremely critical content ...
Watch A Separation (2011)

Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s...
Goodbye Tehran - Khodahafez Tehran (1966)
A girl ("Dokhtar") who loved her young master never dared to disclose her love to him due to her being blind. When the young master returns from a journey to Europe with his new foreign wife, she loses all her hopes. From then on she spends all her love on the nursing profession until the war breaks out and ...
O.K. Mister (1978)
A LOST IRANIAN COMIC MASTERPIECE
OK MISTER is one of the most bizarre films ever made in Iran - especially as a comedy. Actually there are very few good comedies in the entire history of Iranian, for a very understandable reason. Comedies are usually concerned with criticizing personalities, and the red lines and limits imposed by either government or society...
Iran’s Green Summer (2010)
Remember the protests and brutal violence which shook post-election Iran in the summer of 2009? This is a documentary composed of real footage and animated scenes, with much of the film narrated by bloggers who experienced the protests. Demonstrations began as a call for fair elections in which...
Ashkan, The charmed ring and other stories (2009)
A police officer who is unhappily in love with a cashier, a sculptor who dreams of emigrating, a young man who constantly tries to commit suicide, and, in the midst of it all, two blind jewellery thieves, who are about to make the heist of their lives...
Gold and Copper (2011)
A tough Islamic mullah-in-training must deal with real-worldly issues when his wife is bedridden with multiple sclerosis. In Iran this is a startling a reversal of gender roles... Seyed Reza has just moved with his family to Tehran so he can study the Koran, and he relies on his lovely wife Zahra...
THIS IS NOT A FILM (2011)
A day of the life of an Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, before the celebration of the new Iranian year (NORUZ). This Is Not a Film, was reported to be smuggled to the Croisette via a cake from Iran...
Report of a Party (2011)
"Report of a party" is a film about a society's inflamed matters and focuses on the problems of young people as one of contemporary iranian society's dominant crises. "Report of a Party" is a critical look at the June 2009 elections...
Nader and Simin, a Separation (2011)
Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s...
The Hunter (2010)
One day, Ali comes home from work to discover that his wife and daughter, Sara and Saba, have disappeared. Realising that there’s no point in waiting for them any more, Ali decides to go to the police. But there’s chaos at the police station and it takes hours for him to discover anything. Finally ...
Talking with a Shadow (2006)
Sadegh hedayat is undoubtedly one of the most influential contemporary writers of Iran. However, after over 50 years from his time, still two groups can not tolerate speaking of him: his adamant supporters and opponents...
Fire Keeper (2009)
Sohrab, a 48 year-old man, the head of the workers of the Isfahan Foundry, have just had his fourth daughter. He has a strong desire to have a son, but his wife can not have another pregnancy for health reasons. So she forces her husband to go to do a vasectomy, which will definitely makes him infertile...
Two-Legged Horse (2008)
A father who has a young son with one leg and no other household members must go to India for some weeks. He hires another boy for a dollar a day to carry the son around on his back, to the school or to whatever whims may occur to the son...
The Green Wave (2010)
Animated blogs and tweets from Iran form the backbone of this enlightening and sometimes shocking reconstruction of the 2009 Green Revolution. In May of that year, the youthful green-clad crowds were still enraged, and the atmosphere in the stadium where...
My Tehran for Sale (2009)
Debut film by the Iranian female poet Granaz Moussavi is about the secret double life that many young people lead in repressive Iran. They can only be themselves and express themselves behind closed doors. The film shows an underground scene in Teheran that is never reflected in the media (IFFR)...
Tehroun (2009)
Ibrahim left his family to try his luck in Tehran. But in this asphalt jungle where everything can be bought and sold a dream can easily become a nightmare. Involved into the traffic of new-born children, Ibrahim plunges into the city seedy areas, in Tehroun...
The Accordion (2010)
One of the most celebrated Iranian and international artists compresses his storytelling and reflections in a short film that not only captures Tehran today, but also serves as a metaphor on violence, tolerance and hope. It was, in fact, Jafar Pahani’s vitality and courage here that sparked...
The Orion (2010)
Fully financed by Esmati and shot on location without seeking any official permits, Orion is a dread-filled, admittedly rough- around-the-edges look into a twilight Iran where threat and danger lurk beyond every corner...
Women Without Men (2009)
Shirin Neshat's first feature length film, is based on a magic realist novel written by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipour. The narrative interweaves the lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953, a pivotal moment in Iranian history when an ...
The Song Of Sparrows (2008)
Karim’s life on an ostrich farm with his family in a rural village west of Tehran is turned upside down when a particulary ornery ostrich escapes his care at work and he is subsequently fired from his job. Karim then sets off toward ...
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
After having been released from jail, a young girl and boy roam the heart of Tehran and start an underground journey to form a new band, and find, one by one, members among hidden underground music groups...
The Night Bus (2007)
Persian director Kiumars Poorahmad's minimalist, black-and-white war drama Night Bus travels back to the Iran-Iraq conflict of the mid-1980s, when three Iranian soldiers are forced to transport 38 Iraqi prisoners-of-war to their home base in a half-dilapidated bus...
There Are Things You Don't Know (2010)
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic -- Iranian filmmaker Fardin Saheb Zamani's film about a taxi-driver's ordinary encounters in the 10 days before a predicted earthquake in Tehran has the beguiling title "There Are Things You Don't Know"...
Heiran (2009)
A headstrong Iranian adolescent falls in love with an illegal Afghan worker in the concise social-problem drama "Heiran," the first fiction feature from documaker Shalizeh Arefpour. Tale's poignant expression of parental hopes, fears and disappointments will strike a universal chord...
Forbidden Tree (2010)
A story of an imaginary city under a harsh ruler. Love is forbidden, and freedom a distant memory. Few people have the courage to fall in love, challenging the forbidden symbols....This film has no dialogue because the people are too scared to express themselves...
Nothing (2009)
A man with eating disorder who cannot satisfy his own hunger, has now a large family to support too. The movie narrates the story of a poor family in south of Tehran, their relations and painful fate...
Niloofar (2008)
Niloofar, a 12-year-old Iraqi girl, dreams of reading and writing, but she lives in a village where education is only for boys. Her mother, a well-known midwife, insists..
Twenty (2009)
Twenty is about a reception hall's staff, who fear for their jobs after the owner decides to sell the place in twenty days. The psychological drama made its international debut in Karlovy Vary after participating in numerous...
Qaleh - Women's Quarter (1966-1980)
Qal'eh (aka Women's Quarter) depicts the life condition of prostitutes in Tehran's red-light district during the mid-sixties. A deeply moving documentary by Kamran Shirdel. 1966 - 1980 / 18 min. / Black & White / Shot in 35 mm / Watch it with English subtitle...
For a Moment, Freedom (2009)
The young Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Arash T. Riahi depicts the plight of people trying to flee their homeland and the curious, transitory state of asylum-seekers with tragic comedy and great suspense...
In the Colour Purple (2010)
Banned in Iran since 2004
The film, which tells the story of a romance between an Iranian intelligence agent and the daughter of an opposition group leader, was withdrawn from the screening schedule of the 23rd Fajr International Film Festival 2005 by Hatamikia due to the objections of the Intelligence Ministry..
Women Without Men (2009)
Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship ...
Green Days (2009)
Ava is a depressed Iranian Girl. She goes to psychologist for treatment. She sees past political incident in Iran as the cause of her depression. The psychologist advise her to do some labor work like cleaning the staircases and even asks her to work on a play. However, her play, which is inspired by the reality and the problem in her society, gets banned. ..
About Elly (2009)
One of the most remarkable Iranian films to surface in the last few years, About Elly is a small but compelling ensemble piece of surprising depth. It's one of those rare films that can be read on one level purely as a satisfying drama, but which also has a rich, independent inner life, centred on big questions about...
Winter sleep (2008)
Three siblings struggle to find success and happiness in this drama from Iranian filmmaker Siamak Shayeghi. After the death of their parents, sisters Farida (Fatemeh Motamed Aria), Farzhaneh (Ladan Mostofi) and Fereshteh (Pegah Ahangarani) were left to fend for themselves, with eldest Farida becoming the de-facto head of the household..
As Simple as That (2008)
A wife and mother finds herself hovering on the verge of a breakdown in this psychological drama from Iran. Tahareh (Hengameh Ghaziani) lives with her husband, her son and her daughter in a middle-class neighborhood, and she devotes her days to looking after their needs...
Colors of Memory (2008)
Filled with denial and distrust, heart surgeon Dr. Bahman Parsa (Shahbaz Noshir) returns to his home country Iran after 30 years in Germany. There he meets two men who will change his attitude towards life: Ghanati (Ezatollah Entezami), a 70 year old waterfinder and Bahrami, a young and reckless taxi driver..
Hafez (2007)
Hafez falls in love with his mentor's daughter, Nabat. However, it is a forbidden love, and the two are pulled apart. Will they ever be reunited... The latest film directed by the Iranian genius, Abolfazl Jalili. Iranian version of “Romeo and Juliet”..
Tomorrow (2007)
Setsuo Nakayama's Farda is an unusual fish-out-of-water story. Japanese businessman Izava (Kai Shishido) works for an auto manufacturer. Izava is saddened by the death of a man who ran a plant that Izava was ordered to close. Murata had a dying wish to see one of his workers get a large payment...
The Musician (2006)
A very famous and successful Santoor ( Iranian traditional instrument ) player falls in the trap of drugs and loses everything in his life gradually ! even his wife who was in love with him ..
Offside (2006)
Who is that strange boy sitting quietly in the corner of a bus full of screaming fans going to the football match? In fact, this shy boy is a girl in disguise. She is not alone; women also love football in Iran. Before the game begins, she is arrested at the check point...
Poet of the wastes (2005)
With a spare, conceptual screenplay by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the grandfather of Iranian cinema, comes a remarkable debut from director Mohammad Ahmadi. This is an unusual fare from Tehran: a film whose intent is to steer absolutely clear of political commentary ...

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