I Am Just a Poet, Officer!
"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

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..
Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan..
Gernika (2016) • Review
The fates of Henry – a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul – and Teresa, one of the Republic’s censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad..
This gentle and wholly satisfying two-character tale pairs Motamed-Aria, Iran’s internationally renowned star, with a precocious and highly appealing child actor...
Operation Avalanche
Why do we need to question the authenticity of one of humanity's most awe-inspiring achievements? Matt Johnson and co-writer Josh Boles never try to address this thorny issue..
We Are Many (2014)
A necessary reminder of a gigantic scandal

The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003..
Me (2016)
In spite of being warned to stop things she is doing, Azar nevertheless continues with her schemes and soon it becomes apparent that she's addicted to the thrill, she just can't stop..
Shell (2013)
Life’s a gas station

Shell, the captivating debut from the young Scottish filmmaker Scott Graham, finds claustrophobia in the widest-open landscape, and isolation in the closest..
Silence (2016)
"Silence" is a monumental work, and a punishing one. It puts you through hell with no promise of enlightenment, only a set of questions and propositions, sensations and experiences..
'Stefan Zweig:
Farewell to Europe' (2016)

World-famous Austrian writer Stefan Zweig fled the rise of the Nazis - but exile in Brazil brought him no happiness. In 1942, he took his own life..
Sweet Bean (2016)
Movie Review
Sweet Bean's deliberate pace demands patience, but the satisfying simplicity of its story -- and Kirin Kiki's absorbing performance -- yield an array of riches..
'Copenhagen' (2014)
Movie Review

Mark Raso's absorbing film has a delicate nuance that will linger after the popcorn's gone. A guy and a girl bicycle slowly through the streets of..
Movie Review
Every Man for Himself is a single seamless endeavor, a stunning, original work about which there is still a lot to say, but there's time. I trust it will outlive us all...
Luis Bunuel's
'The Exterminating Angel'

A film by Luis Bunuel that is a macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets..
Beloved Sisters (2015)
As lengthy and passionate as a drawn-out kiss, Beloved Sisters is a beautifully made romantic drama set in 18th century Germany that's smart, sensual and emotionally resonant..
'I don't vote with my vagina'
Susan Sarandon explains why she's not backing Hillary Clinton. Susan Sarandon has had a troubled relationship with Hillary Clinton, and the actress has..
Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films..
'Snowden' • Oliver Stone's New Thrilling Docudrama
The story of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the scope of just how little privacy we have in a post-9/11 world..
The Internet's Own Boy • The Story of Aaron Swartz
Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing..
'Under the Shadow' and the politics of horror
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt..
Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moments • Review
Rarely is there a film that evokes our sympathy more deeply than "Everlasting Moments." It is a great story of love and hope, told tenderly and..
Utopia (2013) • Review
This powerful film by John Pilger looks at the awful truth behind white Australia's dysfunctional relationship with Indigenous Australians. Exploring offenses practiced by popular media..
Carnage • Review
Brief, brutal and barmy

The message, if any, is that good manners are often skin deep, that compassion and forgiveness are hard to come by, and that when it comes to..
Little Sister (2016) • Review
"Little Sister" is about many things: family relationships, the intersection of the personal and the political, how faith provides comfort in a chaotic world..
Autumn Sonata • Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters
Autumn Sonata was Ingrid Bergman’s swan song in thea­trical movies; when she filmed it, she already had the cancer that would kill her..
"Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words"
A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of..
Jafar Panahi • A complete retrospective
As part of the Paris Autumn Festival, the Pompidou Centre is presenting a complete retrospective of Panahi's films, and showing his photographic work..
The War Show • at London Film Festival
'The world becomes increasingly numbed, which is why a documentary like 'The War Show' is so essential.' Venice Days winner is part of the Danish line-up at..
'Kill the Messenger' • Review
A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels..
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo • Review
The powerful businessman Henrik Vanger invites Mikael to an investigation work. He gets surprised when realizes that the service has nothing to do with..
'The Childhood of a Leader' • Review
A personal, poetic look back at a century where history, cinema, psychology and politics intersected in ways that we are still trying to parse..
The Professor and the Madman
'A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.' Apocalypto co-scribe Farhad Safinia is to make his feature directorial debut with..
'The Immigrant' • Review
Beautiful visuals, James Gray's confident direction, and a powerful performance from Marion Cotillard combine to make The Immigrant a richly rewarding period drama..
From Iran, a Separation
A documentary exploring how the ordinary people of Iran felt about an Iranian movie winning the 2012 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film..
'Slow West' • Review
“I knew we couldn’t just keep making short films, it was almost unspoken that it was going to lead to a feature. I’ve got so much admiration for the Coens, how they handle tone, their ability to..
Still Life (2013)
The British drama “Still Life” by writer-director Uberto Pasolini is pretty much an exact cinematic equivalent of Paul McCartney’s downcast lament. It begins with three funerals, of different faiths..
'Land of Mine'
is Denmark's Oscar entry

The Danish selection committee unanimously picked Zandvliet's feature over the other two shortlist candidates: Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune and..
Farhadi's 'The Salesman'
nominated for 2017 Oscar

Iran has nominated a film by the country’s Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for the next Academy Awards. Farhadi's drama has been chosen by..
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice..
Abbas Kiarostami

The world of cinema lost a giant this year. To celebrate his esteem career, Iranian Film Festival will present one of his rare films made outside of Iran..
A Perfect Day (2016)
War's cruel absurdity
“A Perfect Day,” directed by Fernando de León de Aronoa, making his English-language feature debut, is set “Somewhere In The Balkans” and..
THRIVE (2011)
Is free energy possible?

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream..
Requiem for the American Dream (2016)
The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time..
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..
Court (2015)
Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in..
Mountain (2015)
The enormous Jewish cemetery overlooking Jerusalem takes centre stage in this quiet, slowly unfolding family drama where a woman questions her isolated existence..
Taxi Tehran (2015)
Review by Naomi Keenan O’Shea
This review is the 2016 winner of the annual Pete Walsh Critical Writing Award. Jafar Panahi’s most recent cinematic..
Abbas Kiarostami dies aged 76
Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish..
'DAUGHTER' (2016)
wins top prize at MIFF
Reza Mirkarimi’s ‘Daughter’ represented Iranian cinema at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival, and became the critics’ favorite, scoring 7.3 out of..
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Benicio del Toro has fun playing the world’s deadliest slob, but there’s too much fabrication in this not-quite biopic. In Colombia, an American surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then..
'I am Nasser Hejazi'
The legendary goalkeeper
The documentary looks at the life of the legendary Iranian Goalkeeper, Nasser Hejazi, in five chapters narrated by Shahab Hosseini, Bahram Radan..
'Life Itself' (2014)
Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Critics review films, sometimes they even appear in films, but..
The Wave (2016)
Movie review
Well-acted and blessed with a refreshingly humanistic focus, The Wave is a disaster film that makes uncommonly smart use of disaster film clichés..
Rams (Hrútar) (2016)
The film morphs from gentle near-absurdist comedy to something close to tragedy in Rams, a simply but skillfully told tale of the hardships of isolated rural life in Iceland..
Iran's ‘Sound and Fury’
Goes to 19th Shanghai filmfest
‘Sound and Fury’ by Houman Seyedi is among the competing titles in the main competition section of the 19th edition..
Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night
Massy Tadjedin’s feature directorial debut Last Night is a stunning tale of fidelity and marital trust. Tadjedin seduces both her characters and..
Özcan Alper's Future Lasts Forever
A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper..
Two filmmakers fully embed themselves in a Syrian refugee camp, providing an intimate look at the world's most dire humanitarian crisis. SALAM NEIGHBOR gives a name and a face to the Syrian..
Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Takes Palme D'Or
The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach’s well-regarded I, Daniel Blake, a social drama about an ailing carpenter’s struggle against the bureaucracy of..
Iranian star Shahab Hosseini wins best actor award at Cannes
The Best Actor prize has been awarded to Shahab Hosseini by Kirsten Dunst and Katayoon Shahabi, for his role in..
‘The Salesman’ Signals a Cinematic Resurgence in Iran
Why Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Signals a Post Nuclear Deal Cinematic Resurgence in Iran? It stood out as..
Behzadi's ‘Inversion’
Cannes Film Review

Behnam Behzadi's new film is a quietly dramatic tale of a woman in Tehran who is not as liberated as she thinks she is. This isn’t Los Angeles, it’s Tehran..
Refn's The Neon Demon
Cannes 2016
“Beauty isn’t everything… it’s the only thing.” Refn’s latest and best, The Neon Demon, is the culmination of his decades-long fascination with human..
Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson"
Cannes 2016

Jim Jarmusch’s new movie is a quiet delight: the story of a gentle, artistic man and his wife which celebrates small-town life and dreams without..
Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann
Cannes review
You don’t often hear the furrowed crowd at Cannes applaud during a picture. They did more at Maren Ade’s singular Tony Erdmann. They did a bit of whooping..
Jeff Nichols' 'Loving'
Exploring American history

Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. The story behind the historic Civil Rights..
The Festival de Cannes has decided to add another film as a Special Screening: Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy. 'This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish..'
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015)
This expertly written, brilliantly acted film documents the painful five-year process for one woman attempting to obtain a divorce..
Joachim Trier’s Louder than bombs
The Quest for Authenticity in Post-Existential Age. In his new film Louder than bombs Norwegian director Joachim Trier masterfully captures..
The Salesman (2016)
Asghar Farhadi's seventh feature joins the Cannes competition. Asghar Farhadi is in the running for the Palme d'Or; David Mackenzie is in Un Certain Regard; Richet has a midnight screening..
Samsara (2012)
The Strangeness and Wonder of our Planet
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, "Samsara" transports us to the varied..
T Boy (2014)
Short Film from Qatar

A young Indian IT professional who has moved to Doha on the promise of lucrative employment, ends up in a job making tea for the employees of an..
Wit (2001)
When a movie hurts too much
The experience with "Wit" was a revelation. Yes, movies can be immediate and real to us.. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on..
Olof Palme:
Loved and Hated

Thirty years after he was shot to death on the streets of Stockholm, Olof Palme is still making headlines in Sweden today...
'Fire At Sea' winner of Golden Bear for Best Film
The European migrant crisis has found its cinematic Pietà in Fire At Sea, Italian director Gianfranco Rosi’s powerful, at times shocking but also intensely human..
’24 Weeks’
Berlin Film Review

The second feature from Anne Zohra Berrached addresses one of the most difficult decisions that a woman may have to make in her life..
“Life+1 Day” leads nominations at Iran's Fajr festival
Saeid Rustai’s poverty and drug movie “Life+1 Day” received nine nominations in various categories including best film..
“Lanturi” warns of rise of intolerance
A distinguished director from the new generation of Iranian cinema, Reza Dormishian, warns of the rise of intolerance in society..
'Sonita' & 'The Birth of a Nation’ among big winners at Sundance awards
Park City • The World Cinema Documentary competition yielded another double winner: "Sonita," the story of..
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
One of the more pleasant surprises of TIFF 2014, the film adapts the poetry of Lebanese artist, poet, and writer Kahlil Gibran in a series of vignettes similar to Disney’s Fantasia..
Ettore Scola dies at 84
The film director Ettore Scola, a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, has died at the age of 84.. ‘leaves a huge void in Italian culture’
Oscars So White?
Or Oscars So Dumb?

The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the coming Academy Awards gained momentum on Monday..
‘A War’ (2015)
Venice Film Review
Tobias Lindholm's engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghanistan War drama makes good on the promise of 'A Hijacking.'..
The Danish Girl (2015)
a beautiful and moving biopic

The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully..
'45 Years' (2015)
A Moving Marital Drama
Make no mistake. “45 Years” is no polite tea-and-toast domestic drama, even if the central characters onscreen are a childless retired couple..
Queen of Earth (2015)
Down the road of depression

We feel something bad is going to happen. Will Catherine kill herself? Kill someone else? Her world has shattered and every way in which she defines..
Tesla's Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues
A century ago, Nikola Tesla dreamed of sending free wireless energy from a mysterious tower and lab called..
Sicario (2015)
Film Review

There are in fact, no good guys in “Sicario,” only men compromised on a sliding scale of grey by the international drug trade..
“Bitter Dream”
screened after a 12-year ban
Last week, the movie received the cultural officials approval for premiering at the Art and Experience Cinemas in Iran, the movie theaters that are..
The Pope's Toilet
Humble Hope in Hard Times

An offbeat charmer, The Pope's Toilet is a humorous, well-crafted tale with plenty of heart and a poignant social message. Inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul..
Under Electric Clouds
The film explores a motif familiar to German Jr film buffs: the tension between freedom and its absence which lies at the centre of life among Russia’s intelligentsia..
Words with Gods
Sometimes Look Up

“Words with Gods” are short cinematic meditations on faith and consciousness masterminded by writer-director Guillermo Arriaga. The full omnibus will..
Iran’s only representative at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, ‘Wednesday, May 9’ by Vahid Jalilvand will compete in the Horizon section of the event. Beginning September 2, the festival offers 55 new..
Hong Kong’s New Wave

Relishing Wong Kar-wai’s first masterpiece, DAYS OF BEING WILD. Hong Kong was the Hollywood of East Asia through the sixties and seventies..
Understanding Asghar Farhadi
An Iranian Canadian critic engages with Farhadi’s films and her own roots. Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema is the first English book about the great director..
IFF - San Francisco 2015
Welcome to the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. This year, once again, IFF will present the best Iranian films..
Turkish touch in Venice film fest. Orhan Pamuk has created what may be the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art..
Abluka (Frenzy)
Award-winning Turkish film director Emin Alper’s latest movie will contest this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. It centers on the story of two brothers..
Inequality for All
In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects..
Where to Invade Next
“The issue of the United States at infinite war is something that has concerned me for quite some time, and provides the necessary satire for this film, said Moore..
Listen Up Philip
if this distinctively funny and disconcerting new film by Alex Ross Perry, is your first exposure to his work, one question you might have on exiting is “What kind of person makes a movie..”
The Matador
"I facilitate fatalities"

Richard Shepard balances the macabre and the sentimental, and understands that although his film contains questions like "don't successful people always...
Detained 50+ times
Why was Laura Poitras Oscar-winning Snowden documentarian detained 50+ times in US airports? Laura Poitras has filed suit to find out why she was stopped and searched...
Orson Welles:
The Great Disruptor

Orson Welles’ passion for innovation spurred both his meteoric rise and his fall from grace. A century after his birth, Orson Welles’ position as a titan of...
Actors pay tribute to Omar Sharif
ANTONIO Banderas, Barbra Streisand and filmmaker Roland Emmerich are leading the tributes to acting icon Omar Sharif, who has died aged 83...
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
A film that blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour...
My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)
The film follows the story of Zezé, a little and very imaginative and sensitive but misunderstood boy. He lives in a very humble house with an unemployed and...
The Film of Disquiet (2010)
A restless film based in fragments of The Book of Disquiet, by Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. Lisbon today. In a room of a house at Douradores Street, a man invents dreams and...
Wild Tales (2015)
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people...
The Man Who Saved The World (2014)
The man who saved the world and who, in his own words, is not a hero, lives in a small apartment full of empty vodka bottles, has lost his family and is...
Amour fou (2015)
Amour Fou is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. Berlin, 1810: Heinrich von Kleist, a despondent young poet/dramatist...
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Not many movies go from "eh" to "wow." "The Age of Adaline" is one of them. The story of a woman who miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being...
Miss Julie (2014)
Liv Ullmann's adaptation of the classic Strindberg play “Miss Julie” tells the story clearer than any words could do. Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled...
The Palme d’Or for Jacques Audiard and The Grand Prix for Son of Saul
The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival drew to a close tonight by unveiling its awards list, which...
‘Nahid’ • Cannes Film Review
Temporary marriage, Iranian-style, takes center stage in director Ida Panahandeh's sensitive, well-acted and reasonably absorbing...
A Palme d’honneur to
Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes. Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002,..
Matteo Garrone's
Tale of Tales (2015)
Selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, 'The Tale of Tales' is an upcoming English-language film, starring Salma Hayek,..
Shame (2011)
Brandon is compelled to repeat the same behavior over and over, he never reveals emotion. He lives like a man compelled to follow an inevitable course and all he gets from it is self-loathing...
Cannes Classics 2015
Costa-Gavras as guest of honor, a double celebration of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, Ousmane Sembène the « father of African cinema, » Gaumont with a place of honor, Argentinians...
Thomas Vinterberg's
'Far From the Madding Crowd'

Nicely served on both sides of the camera, this is a concise and involving rendition of a resilient young woman who comes into property in Victorian ...
Lars von Trier • Interview
‘I’ve started drinking again, so I can work’. Lucy Cheung met von Trier at the Zentropa studio in Denmark to talk about sex, alcoholism and his reaction to the Copenhagen shootings...
Martin Scorsese Presents:
Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Martin Scorsese has recently overseen a project restoring some of Poland's greatest films to their former glory..
Tracks (2014) • Review
A truly outstanding cinema experience
Mia Wasikowska stars in the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 set out on a solo 2,700-kilometre...
The Turin Horse • Review
Bela Tarr’s Final Film

Béla Tarr’s final film, provides a fictionalized account of what happened to the horse Friedrich Nietzsche tried to protect from a whipping..
A Most Violent Year (2014)
"What Good is The American Dream If You Can't Sleep At Night Because Of The Things You Did To Achieve It." The film's title refers to an actual, statistical designation: 1981 was the most ...
13 Assassins • Review
A Last Hurrah for the Samurai Code

"13 Assassins" has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric..
A Tale of Samurai Cooking (2013)
Short-order shogun trains her husband, a young man from a renowned family of samurai chefs, to be a kitchen Kurosawa in this tasty Japanese drama...
Mr. Turner • Review
The interconnectedness of all things

Led by a masterful performance from Timothy Spall and brilliantly directed by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner is a superior..
Away from Her: The Mercy of Simple Truth
An accomplished directorial debut by Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a touching exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's, in which the tender...
Portugal bids farewell to Manoel de Oliveira
The oldest active filmmaker in the world, Manoel de Oliveira, passed away this week at the age of 106. Besides being the most internationally acclaimed..
Borgen: The Complete Series
Danish television, however is in a Golden Age of genre thrillers like "The Killing", "The Bridge" and "Those Who Kill". Scandinavian films have never been...
MOMMY • XAVIER DOLAN's fifth feature
Dolan's energy and attack is thrilling; his movie is often brilliant and very funny in ways which smash through the barriers marked Incorrect and Inappropriate..
Atlan • winner of iranian Cinema Vérité 1st prize
The story follows a season in the life of a young horse riding instructor and his relationship with his horse. It is a rich and honest portrayal of the harsh life of..
68th Festival de Cannes
poster time

It's poster time at the Festival de Cannes! The 68th Festival de Cannes (13-24 May 2015) has chosen to pay tribute to Ingrid Bergman...
My Old Lady • review
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. The movie begins with Kline’s character, coming into Paris full of hope and excitement: his late father, while..
The Imitation Game (2014)
“Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one imagines.” On one hand, this is a tense World War II thriller about a stellar team of Brits who cracked Nazi...
The Theory of Everything
Movie review
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine..
Film Review • A Few Cubic Meters of Love
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..
A tale of Gypsy slavery in 19th-century Romania
Radu Jude’s third feature explores the social inequalities of those times, but also the relationship we have with the past...
Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' • wins Golden Bear at Berlinale
The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival has drawn to a close with Darren Aronofsky's jury settling on awards for films in competition. Jafar Panahi's "Taxi"
Crazy Face
wins 5 awards at Fajr Film Festival
Tehran, Iran: Last night at the award ceremony of Fajr Film Fesstival, Crazy Face (Rokhe Divaneh) won 5 awards...
Map to the Stars • The Dark Heart of Hollywood
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals...
Berlin Review:
Jafar Panahi's ​Enjoyable Act Of Dissidence​ 'Taxi'​
Iranian director Jafar Panahi has turned himself into a taxi driver to produce a vibrant portrait of the Iranian capital...
8th Annual Iranian Film Festival • San Francisco
Call for entries are open for the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. Deadline to submit films: July 15, 2015. San Francisco...
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A man trapped in bureaucracy and shackled by a government that doesn’t give him the trust or tools he needs to do his job. He is an intelligence expert in Hamburg, Germany, a place that will...
Under the Skin (2014)
Is it a pretentious gloss on a very old story about men's fear of women, and women's discomfort with their own allure? Does it contain mysteries that can only be unpacked with repeat...
Nightcrawler (2014)
"If it bleeds, it leads"
a film about a private, ruthless loner who pursues his dream his way, always, and whose path through the world is marked by the bloodstains of the people he's...
The Good Lie (2014)
I could tell the good lie and say the movie is perfect. It's not. It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved...
Boyhood (2014) • Review
Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood'. "Boyhood's" near-perfect scores on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes drown out the voices ...
Big Eyes (2014)
who gets to say what is and is not art? Should popularity be equalled with bad? "Big Eyes" is full of fascinating questions about the meaning of art, the concept of popularity, and and what it means to...
Maria finds herself caught between two worlds. At school this 14-year-old girl has all the typical teenage interests, but when she’s at home with her family...
Birdman (2014)
Thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from...
Inherent Vice (2014)
The phrase "Inherent Vice" refers to "the tendency in physical objects to deteriorate because of the fundamental instability of the components of which they are made...
The Fault in Our Stars • Review
"Pain demands to be felt. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." It should be agonizing, this tale of doomed love between cancer-stricken teens...
American Sniper • Review
Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject...
Berlinale 2015 Lineup
New films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and more added to the Competition. Last month, the Berlinale announced the first seven titles lined up for the Competition...
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre
Are the worst really full of passionate intensity? “The best” are no longer able fully to engage, while “the worst” engage in racist, religious, sexist fanaticism...
Force Majeure (Turist)
Ruben Ostlund dissects a family's behaviour following an act of paternal cowardice in an intelligent film with a human side, unveiled in Un Certain Regard...
Gestures • Nuri Bilge Ceylan
More than any other filmmaker today, Nuri Bilge Ceylan seems closer to taking the medium to another level — to something that is literary as well as...
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (2014)
Since the story conveys a sense of pervasive political corruption, it has been read as a daring and scathing critique of conditions in Vladimir Putin’s Russia...
'Labor Day' (2013) • Review
It's hard to be a teenager and the man in the house at the same time. The last weekend of summer vacation is going to change the 13-year-old Henry Wheeler's life...
Ida (2013) • Big winner at European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner at this year’s European Film Awards in Riga, picking up five awards, including the top honour of ...
Still Alice (2014) • Review
With a combination of power and grace, Julianne Moore elevates “Still Alice” above its made-for-cable-television trappings, and delivers one of the more memorable performances of her career...
Two Days, One Night • Dardenne Brothers
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has...
The Possibilities Are Endless (2014) • Review
There’s a disjointed beauty in this visualisation of a man struggling to recollect the facts of his life; a lot of power in the fight to rebuild the link between...
LABOUR OF LOVE (2014) • Aditya Vikram's first feature
Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiralling recession...
Melbourne (2014)
wins Best Film at Cairo IFF

Iranian film 'Melbourne' wins Best Film at 36th Cairo International Film Festival. Closing ceremony at Giza plateau announces awards...
Masterclass: Joshua Oppenheimer • Interview
Two films, which have put a before and after in modern documentary filmmaking. DOX: TV has talked with director Joshua Oppenheimer - the winner of this year's...
Movie Review
Citizenfour (2014)

Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call “Citizenfour,” the movie of the century...
‘Silent Heart’
San Sebastian Review

Masterfully crafted family drama which tackles its tricky theme with a surfeit of restrained good taste. Bille August’s powerful, nuanced issues item explores...
We are Journalists
Danish documentary from 2014

On 27 December 2009, Ahmad Farahani, an exiled Iranian filmmaker and journalist, sees an innocent man being killed on the street, but neither Ahmad or his...
Film Review:
‘Silent Heart’ by Bille August

Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their terminally-ill mother's desire to die before her disease...
From Denmark to Afghanistan:
Afghan writer-director Shahrbanoo Sadat is raising money for a portrait of the village where she grew up – “where children must work all day, but still have a childhood...
Still an effectively scary film, this is a welcome reissue for Hallowe'en. One of the most evergreen of science-fiction films...
Busan IFF
‘End of Winter’ and ’13’ Share Top Awards

Top prizes at the Busan International Film Festival were shared between Iranian Hooman Seyedi’s “13” and Korean...
Fish & Cat
Busan International Film Festival

Shot in a single take, the spooky and beautiful Fish & Cat is one of the most original films at this year’s festival...
Film of the week: Gone Girl
Dark, intelligent, and stylish. The movie is sick joke, a fable and a lament. It's "He done her wrong" and "She done him wrong." It's "Men are spineless pigs" and "Hell hath no fury like a woman...
The Green Prince
N. Schirman • Interview

Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman's documentary retraces the details of a highly unprecedented...
Film Review: ‘Timbuktu’
The Nightmarish Perversion of "Justice"

Timbuktu is silent, the doors closed, the streets empty. No more music, no tea, no cigarettes, no bright colors, no laughs...
Boyhood • One of the great films of the decade
Richard Linklater's beautiful time-lapse study of a boy from age five to 18 is a Bildungsroman for modern American cinema. Like the fabled Jesuit,..
Macondo (2014)
Abu Dhabi Film Fest 2014

I discovered Macondo by accident. I had heard there was a settlement on the outskirts of Vienna that had been housing refugees since the 1950s...
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
to Host the Film Foundation

ADFF has announced a collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation/ World Cinema Project (WCP). As part of the collaboration, two newly restored...
Short Film "Room 8"
BAFTA winner 2014

Room 8 went on to gain much critical acclaim worldwide and won the Best Live Action Short Film at the 2014 BAFTAs. In 2013, Geoffrey Fletcher directed a...
The Forgiveness of Blood

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, the powerful second feature from Joshua Marston (MARIA FULL OF GRACE)...
Today (Emrouz) (2014)
By award-winning director

Today is a profound testament to the enduring power of empathy and fellow feeling in an increasingly cruel and prejudicial world...
Iran Selects ‘Today’
for Foreign Language Oscar

Iran has returned to the foreign-language Academy Award race with the selection of Reza Mirkarimi’s “Today” (Emrooz) as its contender...
A look at modern Serbia's youth

A depiction of Serbian youth brought up in a time of economic and moral demise. Told through the character of Luka, a small town football hooligan...
The Making of a Martyr

What makes their journey so compelling, and this portrait so eye-opening, is that these young men are not politically motivated until they are recruited...
The Riahi Brothers'
Everyday Rebellion

Everyday Rebellion is a cinema documentary and cross-media project about the power of creative, nonviolent activism and modern civil disobedience...
Returning from 81 days of solitary detention and under house arrest, China’s most celebrated and provocative artist suffers from a sleeping disorder and memory loss...
The Golden Lion goes to Roy Andersson
the Golden Lion for Best Film went to Swedish director Roy Andersson for A Pigeon Sat on A Branch Reflecting on Existence, the film with the longest title...
Movie review
The Words (2012)

Almost every word Ernest Hemingway wrote in the years immediately before 1922 was lost by his first wife Hadley, who packed the pages in a briefcase...
Red Rose (2014)
Tehran. June 13th 2009

A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from...
Everything we know so far

Rosewater, the much anticipated directorial debut from Jon Stewart which stars Gael García Bernal, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival...
Black Souls (2014)
Portrait of a criminal family

"The mafia is the only working organization in Calabria", an artist with cynical sharpness once said, while a multitude of anthropologists told us...
Venice Days 2014
The Cut: The Armenian Genocide

The latest film by Fatih Akin is in competition at the Venice Film Festival and tells the story of the epic quest of a...
Venice Days 2014
The President

is the story of a dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus, who is forced to escape following a coup d’état, and begins a journey to discover...
Venice Days 2014
Indonesia massacre & Iran sanctions impact

Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and...
Venice Days 2014
Bani-Etemad's Tales

Entering the race for the prestigious Golden Lion prize at this year's 71st Venice Film Festival, Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's Tales (Ghesse-ha, 2014)...
Venice Days 2014
The Look of Silence

The 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival has welcomed the new documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of 2012’s The Act of Killing...
Lauren Bacall
smoky-voiced Hollywood legend

James Agee called her “the toughest girl a piously regenerate Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while”...
Robin Williams
a big heart and a staggering talent

The news of the death of this mercurial performer has come as a shock - but his brilliance was always tinged with ...
On My Way
Catherine Deneuve hits the road

The film is replete with tributes not only to Truffaut, Techine and other directors Deneuve has acted for earlier in her...
Tony Takitani (2006)

Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Tony Takitani is a dreamlike and evocative meditation on loneliness. Left to bring himself up by his touring musician father...
Gaza besieged:
tunnels, smuggling and the Israeli blockade

Photographer Bruno Stevens on life for the Palestinians of Gaza living under the Israeli blockage, and the extensive...
Children of Syria
BBC Documentary

With access across the Syrian conflict's frontlines, Lyse Doucet follows the lives of six children over six months and offers insight into a country being torn apart...
Dancing Arabs (2014)
Eyad,a boy from an Arab village has the opportunity to attend a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. Eyad tries hard to fit in with the Jewish-Israeli culture of the late 1980s. He develops a close...
James Garner
Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

James Garner, for more than 50 years one of Hollywood's most likable leading men on the big screen and on TV,...
Shadow People • Interview
Shadow People tells the story of people who are on the margins of our society, people who are in the shadows that you cannot see! I wanted to shed light on these people...
Pulp Farsi (2013)
The Bizarre Reality of a Nation

If there was one country, where the word dichotomy had to be used, it would be Iran. Paradoxically religion is everywhere
Kim Ki-Duk film to open Venice Days
Now on his twentieth film South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk has chosen Venice Days for the international debut of his latest effort, “One on One”...
Mood Indigo (2014)
The sets of “Mood Indigo” are breathtaking, one is overwhelmed with images, ideas, words and a fear of blinking lest we miss a single visual spark of this colored visual poem...
7th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
Save the Dates for the 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from...
Her (2013)
Eternal Love to an Unseen Soul Mate

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to...
In Order of Disappearance
A rip-roaring revenge tale

“To be able to laugh about morbid things, the absurd moments in life, can be liberating”. A father becomes a killer on a quest to find the truth behind his son's....
The Terminal (2004)
Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere...
Blue Jasmine
Perhaps Woody Allen's Cruelest-Ever Film

Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take...
When Animals Dream
the wolf and the lamb

An initiation story on the transformation of a normal girl who discovers she is a werewolf as she transitions from adolescence into adulthood...
Niki Karimi and Amos Gitai
to Chair Edinburgh juries

Iranian actress and filmmaker Niki Karimi will head the panel of jury for the Best International Feature Film Competition in the upcoming Edinburgh International...
Gilles Jacob
Cannes Honored President

"We need the stars to help the little countries. The big names bring the attention that helps art-house cinema," Mr. Jacob says...
Awards Winners

The Palme d’or was awarded to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Winter Sleep. It was presented to him by the American actress Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino...
Leila Hatami

Discovered in Asghar Farhadi's film A Separation in 2011, Leila Hatami is one of the nine members of the Jury for this edition of the Festival de Cannes...
Abbas Kiarostami

Poet, painter, photographer... At the age of 73, Abbas Kiarostami is a director whose talent is not only expressed on screen, although it is through his films...
Ken Loach's Jimmy’s Hall
Cannes 2014

A provocative portrait of Ireland in the thirties. Ken Loach turns once again to the portrayal of a powerful and uncompro- mising character. Perhaps one of...
óóA Legendary Marriage

The stupendous Italian actress, Sophia Loren, is the guest of honour at the Festival de Cannes, which has scheduled the screening of a restored version of...
This year, Cannes welcomes Mexican actor Gael García Bernal in two capacities. He will sit on the Feature Film Jury and he will also be on screen, in The Ardor...
The Physician
Philipp Stoelzl's epic film

The adaptation of Noah Gordon's best selling book about a British boy who travels to the medieval East to learn about medicine. The look and feel of the film...
Our favorite at Cannes

“Winter sleep” is the story of a retired actor-turned-hotelier Aydin who runs a B&B in Anatolia with his sister and his wife, and coming to terms with the fact that...
Marriage Italian Style
Cannes Classics 2014

Marcello Mastroianni co-stars as the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren's Filumena as a young prostitute and keeps her as...
Tatiana Samoilova
Dies at 80

Soviet Film Star Tatiana Samoilova Dies at 80. The actress best known for her performances in Anna Karenina (1967).., was celebrating her 80th birthday...
My Sweet Pepperland
Make laugh, not war

Director Hiner Saleem’s most successful attempt to depict the new Kurdistan with humor and imagination. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard...
Istanbul Film Festival
Turkish Delights?

There’s so much more to the Istanbul Film Festival than its line-up or curation. “That’s where the protests took place. I was wounded by three plastic bullets ...
Iranian Film Festival
San Francisco

2014 Call for Entries is Open now! San Francisco – Iranian Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians...
ILO ILO (2013)
Winner of the Camera d’Or for best debut feature at Cannes 2013, Anthony Chen’s film is set in Singapore, 1997, during a financial crisis in Asia which saw both unemployment and suicide rates rise...
RUN & JUMP (2013)
Steph Green’s debut has been lauded on the international festival circuit, and was celebrated as the Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh last year. An American doctor travels to Ireland to study the...
In Bloom (2013)
Tbilisi, 1992: the Soviet Union has collapsed and the newly independent Georgian state is in turmoil, with food shortages, desperate poverty, rumours of war and vigilantes on the streets...
Audrey Hepburn
As actress and woman

Hepburn as actress and woman seemed an emissary from a finer world than ours. While she is still remembered as a film actor, she also remains a symbol of both...
Sundance Institute
Short Film Challenge

Celebrate progress in the fight against global poverty with storytellers from around the world. Over the last 20 years, global poverty has been cut in half...
The Jury
The 67th Festival de Cannes

The New Zealand director, Jane Campion, winner of the Palme d’or for The Piano, will be the President of the Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes...
an intimate study of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Endlessly curious and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of...
Cannes 2014
Official Competition Lineup

Cannes has announced the lineup for the Official Competition and Un Certain Regard section, as well as special screenings, for the 67th edition of the festival...
The Serious Game
Pernilla August and Lone Scherfig team up for a new take on The Serious Game. They have joined forces for the third screen adaption of Swedish author Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1912 novel...
Grace of Monaco (2014)
to open the 67th Festival de Cannes

French director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco is to open the next Festival de Cannes. The world preview will take...
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
Based on the Orange prize-winning novel of the same name, Bandele’s adaptation insightfully portrays the Nigerian civil war by exploring its abiding impact on his characters’ lives...
The Lunchbox (2013)
Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction...
Fribourg special focus on Iranian cinema
In Iran, cinema is a weapon of resistance. Iranian cinema is fascinating due to its courageous confrontation with the pain of history by means of a politically charged...
Stratos (2014)
The best of european cinema

By night, Stratos works in a bread factory but by day, he’s a professional hit man. He needs the cash to free Leonidas from...
The Butterfly’s Dream
Two poets who have the constant habit of making bets on things that they do not own, make a bet on a beautiful girl. They will both write a poem for her and whichever Suzan likes, the other will...
Frank Pavich • Interview
director of Jodorowsky's Dune

In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie...
Shirin in Love
New Iranian-American Romantic Comedy. “Shirin in Love,” takes the viewer on a ride through one woman’s journey of self-discovery, not just to find who she is as a person, but to find her place in...
Last Flight to Abuja
'The straight-to-video industry gave Nigeria the dubious honor of becoming the second largest in the world just on quantity. We want quality and that’s happening, but it comes at a price'...
The Occupied Soul

If there was ever a film that might metaphorically express the current political situation on the ground in Ukraine, Loznitsa’s narrative feature debut...
Brother Number One
Through Olympian New Zealander Rob Hamill’s story of his brother’s death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed...
Wes Anderson

A tale from a revered novel that does not exist, inspired by the works of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, an account of...

There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But...
Willem Dafoe To Star in Abel Ferrara's Pasolini Biopic
Willem Dafoe definitely has the chops to take on the enfant terrible of cinema, a visionary of extreme passion whose addiction to controversy...
The Secret Flight (2014)
In 1995 two men set out on a mission: to drop four tons of weapons from a plane over West Bengal in India. But they have very different agendas. Niels Holck is the idealist; a political activist wanting to...
A Thousand Pieces (2014)
A legendary singer-songwriter portrayed 15 years after his death. The story of a man full of contradictions: a singer of protest songs but also of sentimental ballads. A political activist...
The first Iranian VAMPIRE film
Ana Lily Amirpour’s imaginary vision of an Iranian underworld, shot in Los Angelesis, is one where trees look like atomic mushroom clouds, pimps and hookers...
Posits irreconcilable worlds as a Russian leaves the USSR behind. In this crisis-ridden age, few filmmakers redeem the art of cinema as a moral force with the persistent invention and resolute vision...
The Island - Ostrov (2006)
This stunningly photographed parable of guilt, redemption and divine healing, shot on a tiny snow-covered isle in the White Sea, centers on a religious man striving to atone for the sin he committed thirty...
El Greco (2007)
An epic tale of an uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as «El Greco». Set in the 16th century, El Grecos search for freedom, and love...
Tell Me of the Seas (2014)
A tale of two mothers and daughters, one imaginary, the other real sharing a cell in prison. Azar is a young mother incarcerated with her young daughter Nina in Evin prison...
Lean and The Revolution
In 1963, Lean Waage Beck, a young blonde danish hairdresser in the United States meets two Iranian brothers, she marries one of them, the other becomes foreign minister in Khomeini's...
Abbas Kiarostami on the jury for short films and Cinéfondation
The Iranian filmmaker will be joined by Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun and Joachim...
Kamran Shirdel
makes first US visit

Kamran Shirdel's films have been censored, banned and celebrated for documenting hidden parts of Iranian society — the plight of Tehran's...
First Danish Oscar
The Oscar for Best Short Film went to Denmark’s Helium. The film tells the story of a young boy Alfred that is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM – a magical fantasy world...
American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent...
Uncle Vanya (1970)
A 1970 film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play of the same title. A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his...
Oscars 2014:
12 Years a Slave wins best film

Italy's The Great Beauty wins Foreign Language Film ; Gravity soars with 7 Oscars, but 12 Years a Slave wins best film...
Earth (1998)
A film by Deepa Mehta

The second part of a trilogy, the story is set in 1947 in Lahore, where Hindu, Sikh, Parsee, and Muslim share a peaceful co-existence. Events are seen from...
12 Years a Slave
'A game changer for black directors'

Oscar academy's first black president says movie could help loosen white dominance....
Nick Fraser: don't give an Oscar to this snuff movie
'The Act of Killing' won the documentary prize at the Baftas last week and is the favourite to win the much-coveted Oscar. "A snuff film? Seriously?!"...
Venice Cinema in Beirut
Organised by the Venice Biennale – presided over by Paolo Baratta, together with the Italian Culture Institute in Lebanon – kicked off today and will run through Tuesday, February 25...
3,000 kids. One judge

Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page...
Go Back To Where You Came From
“I need to touch your heart … if we do not touch your heart, you do not see us. We are not animals. It is a problem for the world. It is a problem..”...
Animating Noam Chomsky
Learning comes from asking: why do things work like that? Why not some other way? The world's a very puzzling place. If you're not willing to be puzzled you just become a replica of someone else's mind...
tops the BAFTAs

12 Years a Slave has won two BAFTA awards, including the big one, but Gravity‘s come on strong, taking six. Presented by the British Academy of...
Berlinale 2014
Prizes of the Int. Jury

The members of the 2014 International Jury, James Schamus (President), Barbara Broccoli, Trine Dyrholm, Mitra Farahani, Greta Gerwig, Michel Gondry and...
Old guard v new blood
at Iran’s Fajr film festival

‘Fajr isn’t about discovering new talent, but showcasing the old. That’s how organizers have always sold tickets and gathered crowds’...
Berlinale 2014
'71, review

Director Yann Demange's film debut is a blindingly strong feature that takes a bold sensory plunge into the Troubles. A young and disoriented British soldier is...
'Nymphomaniac' In Berlin
Lars von Trier Shows Up With 'Persona Non Grata' T-Shirt; LaBeouf Abruptly Exits Press Conference. Lars von Trier and his extended cut of the first volume of "Nymphomaniac" arrived at the Berlin...
Berlinale 2014
3rd Spotlights

Berlinale, Saturday Feb 08, 2014. A medley of impressions of the third Festival day. Go for live images of the festival, and all the buzz surrounding the Red Carpet...
Berlinale 2014
“I’m Not Angry!”

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...
Berlinale 2014
Chilla (40 Days of Silence)

A trip into an unconscious and intimate female world; it is an attempt to portray broken identities and women who confront their own will to choose and decide...
Berlinale 6-16, 2014
Press Conference Intl. Jury

The International Jury Press Conference during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 6, 2014...
Annmarie Jacir
director of WHEN I SAW YOU

Jordan, 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope...
Vinterberg's 'The Hunt'
won the most Bodil Awards

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography. 'The Hunt' and 'Nymphomaniac' were both nominated six times, but it was...
Water (2005)
In 1938, Gandhi’s party is making inroads in women’s rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare...
Jehane Noujaim • An interview
Armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation, these revolutionaries give...
Pussy versus Putin
37th Göteborg FilmFest

In August, 2012, three members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, this year's GIFF poster artists, were sent to jail for hooliganism for performing their...
'Act of Killing' forces
government response

The Indonesian government has issued a response to The Act of Killing, the award-winning documentary about the large-scale massacres in the country...
Omar (2013)
The first fully-financed film to come out of the Palestinian cinema industry, Omar is the story of three childhood friends and a young woman who are torn apart in their fight for freedom...
Extensive Focus on Russia
The 37th International Film Festival in Göteborg turns its gaze eastward. The Russian film tradition is one of the world’s most famous and Russia is currently one of the most interesting countries for film...
A letter to the king
Hisham Zaman • Interview

“It’s difficult to tell sugar and salt apart when they are mixed”. The film shows us an Oslo unfamiliar to most, by people unknown to all. A group of characters...
Ida (2013)
The film tackles issues of identity, religion and dealing with a dark past. Ida is UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film made in his native Poland. After taking top honours at the Gdynia Film Festival...
Like Nowhere (2012)
Dogme Art

"Like Nowhere" pays homage to those killed in the eighties and the victims of Iran's Green Movement: all the people who were killed in Evin and other prisons...
Authorities Close Cultural Events in Tehran
A large crowd of eager guests, some of whom had traveled long distances, were not allowed to attend a cultural event organized by Chelcheragh magazine...
Four Women Directors
Will Compete for 2014 Berlinale's Golden Bear

Iranian-Austrian Sudabeh Mortezai, Austrian Feo Aladag, Peruvian Claudia Llosa, and Argentine Celina Murga will...
Mitra Farahani To Serve On
Berlin Jury

With James Schamus serving as Jury President, Mitra Faharani is one among those who as the International Jury members will decide who will receive...
Masterclass: Joshua Oppenheimer • Interview
Two films, which have put a before and after in modern documentary filmmaking. DOX: TV has talked with director Joshua Oppenheimer...
'45 Years'
A Moving Marital Drama
Make no mistake. “45 Years” is no polite tea-and-toast domestic drama, even if the central characters onscreen are a childless retired couple..
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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..
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..
‘Havana File’ (Parvandeh-ye Havana)
Produced in 2006, and banned by the Ministry of Culture, the film had not been publicly released in Iran for 11 years. It tells the story of an Iranian scientist involved in a promising biotechnology project who is dismayed to find that the government has stepped in to have it cancelled...
  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..
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...
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...
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...
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)
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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)
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

Available only in persian
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)
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...
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 ...
Ahmad Shamlou : Master Poet Of Liberty (1999)
A documentary about the most important modern Iranian poet and intellectual icon. This was perhaps the first time that the Iranian documentary cinema made a film of a prominent personality and a contemporary poet during their life...

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