Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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
CANNES 2014

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
CANNES INTERVIEW

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
CANNES INTERVIEW

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...
CANNES CLASSICS
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...
SPECIAL SCREENING • Cannes 2014
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...
WINTER SLEEP
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...
REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
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'...
Ukraine
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
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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

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...
NOSTALGHIA
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...
KIDS FOR CA$H
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...
12 YEARS A SLAVE
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...
Trier and Vinterberg
lead Bodil nominations

BODIL AWARDS. Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" and Denmark's choice for the Oscars, Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt", lead nominations for the Danish...
Three Danish films
receive Oscar nomination

OSCAR 2014. Three Danish films are selected to enter the final run for the Oscars on 2 March. "The Hunt",...
The Square - Al Midan (2013)
In February 2011, Egyptians, particularly young ones, showed the world the way people demanding change can drive an entire nation to transformation...
Macario (1960)
"Whenever you appear, there is no time for anything else." An insinuating tale of a poor peasant who meets Death in the forest one day and is presented by him with miraculous healing powers...
Leonardo DiCaprio
wins lead actor in a comedy

The American super-actor Leonardo DiCaprio won one of the film industry 's finest prices: A Golden Globe for his starring role in Martin Scorsese's Hit...
Top Prizes for
‘12 Years a Slave,’ and ‘American Hustle’

The 71st Golden Globes Sunday were a celebration of cruelty and corruption as “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle”
Facing Mirrors at SOAS Brunie
Facing Mirrors will be screened at SOAS Brunie, Monday, 13 Jan 2014. Iranian female director’s first feature film with a transgender protagonist...
Deadly blast
at Iran war film shoot

At least five people have been killed and several seriously hurt in Iran in an explosion at a filming location. The blast happened some 35km (21 miles) south...
All is Lost • A survival drama
All is Lost is a survival drama starring Robert Redford as a lone sailor adrift after his boat is damaged in a collision. A yachtsman is on a solo voyage in the...
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE • Review
Almost 70 years on, the Jean Cocteau classic has lost none of its wonder and mystery. Jean Cocteau’s sublime telling of the 18th century fairy tale has been...
THE MISSING PICTURE • Cambodia's Oscar Entry
Awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2013, The Missing Picture is an inventive, mesmerising film of depth and significance, documentary filmmaking...
MAN OF HOPE • Poland’s Oscar Entry
The New Europe has its beginnings in Gdansk! “Walesa. Man of Hope” is a story of a contemporary hero – Lech Walesa (Robert Wieckiewicz). MAN OF HOPE is...
Halima’s Path • Croatia’s Oscar Entry
It would be a mistake to dismiss Halima’s Path as just another film about the war and its aftermath. Halima’s Path, Croatia’s Oscar Entry, directed by Arsen Anton...
Controversial ‘12 Years a Slave’ Poster
'Inappropriate' materials, which favored Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender over black star, to be withdrawn. The Italian distributor of “12 Years a Slave” has...
Hushpuppy • Review
You can make "Beasts of the Southern Wild" aka Hushpuppy into an allegory of anything you want. This film is a remarkable creation, imagining a self-reliant community without the...
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"I partied like a rock star and lived like a king. Stock-market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36." A chronicle of the ex-stockbroker’s rise and fall in the...
‘Shame on You!’
Says Academy Member to Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese knows that “The Wolf of Wall Street” is not for everyone, but he probably didn’t expect to be lambasted...
Lars von Trier’s
NYMPHOMANIAC

“Lars von Trier’s latest film, Nymphomaniac, which unfolds in two-parts across four hours in its current edit, is nothing less than the director’s...
BBC: Our World
Iran's Secret Army

Yalda Hakim investigates the clandestine role of Iran in Syria's civil war, providing a dramatic insight into Tehran's support for the Assad regime on the ground...
Peter O’Toole Dies;
‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Star Was 81

Irish-born stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, who became an international star in the title role of David Lean’s Oscar-...
Poetry (2010)
A sixty-something woman, faced with a crippling medical diagnosis and the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class...
Walter Benjamin and The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing documents the efforts of a group of small-time gangsters in Indonesia to re-enact, through cinematic genres...
NEBRASKA • ALEXANDER PAYNE
Is Alexander Payne mocking his characters? That question often lingers in viewers' minds after watching a Payne film, and it will surely arise following his...
70% of Hollywood silent films lost forever
Most of the feature-length films made by Hollywood during the golden age of silent movies have been lost forever, according to a new study by the US Library of...
Sharon Stone honoured at Marrakech Filmfest
“I feel very excited about being honoured here,” said Stone. “I think it’s a beautiful country and it’s a great honour to be here and a great moment for me and my...
Popular Underground Musician Arrested
Iran’s Morality Police have arrested popular rapper Amir Tataloo whose songs have great appeal among Iranian audiences; he has 560,000 fans on his...
Rakhshan Banietemad at REDCAT screening
Iran's most celebrated female filmmaker, Rakhshsn Banietemad, screened two passionate and fascinating explorations of the impact of the recent electoral...
A Forrest Gump in Palermo
Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s cinema debut, known on television as Pif, combines grotesque comedy with socially engaged cinema. La mafia uccide solo d’estate, the first Italian film in competition in...
Helium on Oscar shortlist
"Helium" by Anders Walter is among the ten live action short films picked to enter the race for an Academy Award nomination. Last year his 17-minute 9 Meter was shortlisted, and now his...
Gone With The Wind
and slavery

Why most films of Hollywood's golden age chose to brush race issues under the carpet. what the motivation is for re-releasing Gone With The Wind just...
The Yellow Dogs • The dissident rockers
They made history in Tehran. The band, which once defied Iran's ban on rock music, fled their country in 2010. Two members were tragically killed in New York
Bloody Beans
wins at Cph:dox

Algerian film Bloody Beans has picked up the Dox:Award for best film at Copenhagen documentary festival Cph:dox. Radical, original and playful...
Acrid (Gass) • Rome Review
The scenes of middle-class life in Tehran, with its modern homes, cars and stores, are brought out well in cinematographer Majid Gorjiyan’s cool, clean shots in soft colors giving the film a pleasant...
UTOPIA • JOHN PILGER
Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance in the media age. The new feature documentary from BAFTA and Emmy winning filmmaker and journalist...
'Downpour' Remastered!
The film has been restored with the support of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. It was carried out by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna in 2011. Funding provided by Doha Film...
CPH:DOX • Jason Osder
Let The Fire Burn

Reshaping American History With Jason Osder's 'Let the Fire Burn'. A sheer knockout of a film, which tells one of this year's most fiercely dramatic stories...
CPH:DOX • Ai Weiwei
Stay Home!

Ai Weiwei, alongside his career as one of the world's most influential artists, has also directed a number of documentaries which examine the social and political conditions in modern China...
"Manuscripts" Travels; Rasoulof Can't
Mohammad Rasoulof, whose film will be shown at the Stockholm International Film Festival, has had his passport confiscated and he is now being prohibited from...
Stockholm Filmfest 2013
The 2013 Stockholm International Film Festival takes place on 6-17 November. Ai Weiwei, who is not allowed to leave China, is represented in Sweden by a Ming Dynasty-style chair he made....
Hisham al-Zouki's Untold Stories
The Syrian 'Untold Stories' is not just highly relevant right now. Hisham al-Zouki's insider depiction of the Syrian people's battles over the last two years, where a budding people's revolution...
Welcome to CPH:DOX 2013!
The largest international documentary film festival in Scandinavia, Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX – which last year registered 51,800 admissions - will open tomorrow...
Backyard - El traspatio (2009)
Sometime in 1996, a terrifying phenomenon surfaced in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. In this now-infamous city, young women are regularly murdered...
After the Battle (2012)
Once a member of one of the notorious armed groups that were coerced by the Egyptian Government to carry out violent attacks on protestors in Tahrir Square...
Dialogue Of Cultures
International Film Festival

The world’s first film festival dedicated to the worldwide phenomenon of people in search of their identity in the era of mass migration and globalisation...
Top Chinese film-maker
calls country's censors 'ridiculous'

Prominent Chinese director Feng Xiaogang has spoken out against the restrictions imposed by the country's censorship...
A Survivor from Magadan
This is a true story of Dr. Ata Safavi. In 1947. at the age of 20, Safavi, a leftist activist in Iran was threatened by Shah's agents with exile to a remote town in south of Iran. Thus, he decided to...
Retrospective •
The Talented Mr. Ripley

Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about Tom Ripley, a man who is irredeemably bad, and yet charming, intelligent and thoughtful about the price he pays for...
Iran actress
sentenced on 'security charges'

An Iranian court has sentenced filmmaker and actress Pegah Ahangarani to 18 months in prison, her mother told ISNA...
Into The Universe
With Stephen Hawking

Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time - from the nature of the universe...
Moebius
South Korea, 2013

Consumed with hatred against her husband for his long time infidelity, the wife wants to take revenge against him but ends up inflicting a fatal wound...
Kim Ki-duk's
Samaritan Girl (2004)

Two high school girls are raising money for a European trip through prostitution. Jae-Young meets older men on the Internet and charges them for sex...
No Fire Zone:
The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

A chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent time. No Fire Zone is the story of...
Kianoush Ayari’s
The Newborns (1979)

Released 2007 this documentary shows that after the expulsion of the Shah and the adoption of a religious constitution, there was a short period of freedom...
The Riahi Brothers'
Everyday Rebellion

A documentary about the power of the peaceful protests and the new forms of civil disobedience in a time of global upheavel....
The Real Life (2013)
A philosophical film work based on the French philosopher Simone Weil's thoughts, beautifully translated into grainy 16mm footage from modernism's absolute capital, Paris...
Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX
November 7-17

It is not about experience, background, resume or about knowing the right people. CPH:DOX is looking for a film with an original and well written idea...
LE WEEK-END (2013)
From Hanif Kureshi’s razor sharp script, Roger Michell has created a wonderful autumn years romantic comedy containing sparkling performances from its veteran cast...
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology • review
Culture critic Slavoj Žižek tackles one of cinema's great challenges – the sequel – with mixed results. The question of that problematic cinema genre...
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about...
Haifaa Al Mansour talks about Wadjda
This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl determined to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's...
THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY
The makers of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema return with THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY. Philosopher Slavoj Zizek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their...
Isabella Rossellini at Filmfest Hamburg
Actress Isabella Rossellini is to present the Montblanc Best Script Award at the closing event of the 21st Filmfest Hamburg on 5 October 2013 at the CinemaxX...
Filmfest Hamburg waited for Rasoulof
Filmfest Hamburg has learned, however, that Iranian authorities confiscated Rasoulof’s passport upon his arrival. So far, it has not been returned to him...
Iran Deluxe at Filmfest Hamburg
There is a long tradition of Iranian cinema at Filmfest Hamburg. Many important Iranian filmmakers just like Panahi, Kiarostami, Farhadi, Rasoulof and Majidi...
The Runner • Hamburg Film Festival
Amiro, a 13-year old war orphan, is fighting for survival in an Iranian port. He searches scrapyards for things to sell, collects empty bottles and sells iced...
Manuscripts Don't Burn
Sex, Drugs & Taxation • Hamburg Film Festival
They were the most spectacular thing Denmark had to offer in the 1960s: two notorious drop-out provocateurs, a radical libertarian and a hedonist capitalist...
Manuscripts Don't Burn • Hamburg Film Festival
Teheran: Morteza and Khosrow are given the job of liquidating someone. If possible, it should look like an accident. At the last minute, however, both are forced to...
Manuscripts Don't Burn
Keeper of Lost Causes sells 32,000 tickets for sneak previews
Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard's first thriller in the Jussi Adler-Olsen franchise has all the qualities of a blockbuster...
Shahin Najafi Challenges Public Executions in Iran
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released the music video “Execution” by Okhtapus, featuring Shahin Najafi and Majid Kazemi...
With Mom (2013)
While her middle class, socialist family is falling apart around her, Berina, a young artist, tries to cope both with her awakening sexuality and her mother Jasna's imminent death...
Sepideh
Reaching for the stars

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the...
Grace of Monaco
watch Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in world exclusive trailer for new biopic. She stars as former Hollywood star in this new biopic about her time married to Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth)...
IFSM • The Adventure of a Married Couple
Based on a story written by Italo Calvino this short film is a poetic variation in black and white on the daily routine of a young couple trapped in daily repetition...
Bille August will have a new take on Zweig
After Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August will direct a new adaptation of Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel...
Lines of Wellington
to represent Portugal in the Academy Awards

The last project by late director Raoul Ruiz which was directed by his wife Valeria Sarmiento, is Portugal’s submission for...
Remote control, Iranian style
Kambuzia Partovi came alone to Berlin, where Closed Curtain had its world premiere. His co-director, Jafar Panahi, couldn’t make it, as he’s been held...
Toronto: '12 Years a Slave' Wins Audience Award
Director Steve McQueen follows the acclaimed Hunger and Shame with this shocking, based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped...
The end of an idyll
Swiss director Markus Imhoof is back with a documentary that exceeds all expectations. 'More Than Honey' is a deeply disturbing work, which benefits from lucid narration...
Miguel Gomes to shoot the 1001 Nights of a country in crisis
No Aladdin, no Ali Baba, no Sinbad the Sailor nor any of the other legendary characters whose stories Scheherazade used to entertain the sultan...
Claudia Cardinale: 'I don't want to stop'
Sixties screen siren Claudia Cardinale talks to Steve Rose about entrancing Fellini, spurning Brando – and why appearing in 135 films still isn't enough...
Harvey Weinstein extortionist sentenced to seven years
Struggling actor, Vivek Shah, 26, found guilty of plot to demand money from wealthy individuals by threatening their relatives...
Florbela • Sophia Prize
Florbela is ahead in the race for the Sophia Prize. The second awards ceremony of the Portuguese Film Academy will take place in Lisbon on October 6...
Festival - TIFF Kids
Denmark’s first superhero in Toronto before his Danish debut

Danish director Ask Hasselbalch’s feature debut, Antboy, follows a 12-year-old boy who gets accidentally bitten by...
Festival - TIFF Kids
The World of Goopi and Bagha

A captivating animated adaptation of a cherished children’s classic by Satyajit Ray, this timeless fable is the story of...
Venice 2013. Awards
The 70th Venice Film Festival has closed! The Golden Lion goes to a documentary for the first time, plus wins for Tsai Ming-liang and more...
"The Golden Lion? Surprising and poetic”
The most prestigious award was given to a documentary. Italy had not won in fifteen years (the last time was Amelio with The Way We Laughed)...
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into...
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of...
Fish & Cat • Venice (Orizzonti)
A number of students have traveled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kiteflying event during the winter solstice...
Walesa. Man of Hope (2013)
How was it possible for one person to change the world so dramatically? It is as much a political as a psychological question...
Vinterberg eyes his second Nordic Prize
His last feature – Submarino (2010) – won it, and his The Hunt, which was launched and awarded at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival, is among...
Julian Assange to serve on Raindance jury
21st edition of festival to feature over 300 films from 50 countries as well as the UK’s first ever Web Fest, dedicated to web series...
Fifi Howls From Happiness (2013)
An Iranian artist who disappeared from public life is tracked down in Rome and interviewed in this bareboned documentary. Before he dies...
Border • Alessio Cremonini
When two sisters learn that a member of their family has decided to desert the Syrian Army and join the Free Army, they must embark on a hazardous journey to Turkey...
Telluride: Three Iranian Directors Take Center Stage
Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, the formerly-imprisoned Mohammad Rasoulof and newcomer Mitra Farahani show off their latest work
Danish actor Ole Ernst dies aged 73
Ernst, something of a loose cannon in the respectable, disciplined world of theatre, was known for creating the occasional stir, but also for high-calibre acting and...
6th Annual IFF •
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6th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for independent films made by or about Iranians from around the world!
Upstream Colour
Shane Carruth’s mind-bending follow-up to Primer bewitches as it puzzles. Shane Carruth writes, directs, produces, edits, shoots and acts in this transcendent, delayed follow-up to his extraordinary ...
Venice Days
Yuval Adler • Interview

Arab-Israeli conflict is at the heart of Israeli director Yuval Adler’s feature debut Bethlehem, which is part of the Venice Days 2013 selection...
Venice Days
LE DONNE DELLA VUCCIRIA by HIAM ABBASS

Palestinian female director Hiam Abbass contemplates the transformative power of clothes, music and dance in a charming...
Venice Days
Nobody's Home: a family drifting apart

The loss of identity of a family after the unexpected death of the father is the central theme of Turkish director Deniz ...
Why black British directors and actors leave the UK for Hollywood
Britons Steve McQueen, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo are behind this Oscar season's key titles...
The War You Don't See
As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an 'electronic battlefield' in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims...
The Stag (2013)
Irish novelist John Butler makes his feature-film directing debut with this hilarious and heartwarming comedy, in which a bachelor party weekend takes some unexpected detours...
Amy Goodman • Interview (2013)
Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet...
LOVELACE • ROB EPSTEIN and JEFFREY FRIEDMAN
Linda Lovelace remains a fascinating figure in film history. She left a strict religious family and found unheralded international fame as the star of...
3rd Iranian Film Festival Australia (Oct - Nov 2013)
Iranian cinema continues to be a strong one, producing many high quality films, and the Iranian Film Festival is back again in October November 2013...
Mohsen Makhmalbaf returns with The President
Renowned Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (The Gardener), who has long lived a life of exile in London, is back with his first English-language feature...
CALL GIRL MIKAEL MARCIMAIN
Based on an actual prostitution scandal that rocked the liberal Swedish government in 1976, this is a slow-burning and masterful debut feature of real depth and class...
Video Contest: It may be dangerous to stay at home!
CPH: DOX & the Danish Refugee Council call for video contest! DOX and Danish Refugee Council launches this year a video contest to recruit volunteers for...
Albert Serra wins Locarno’s Golden Leopard
The Lav Diaz-led jury in Locarno has awarded this year’s Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) to Albert Serra’s Story of My Death......
Emir Kusturica to Direct Documentary on Uruguayan President
Emir Kusturica's next project is slated to be about someone arguably even more interesting: Jose “Pepe” Mujica...
Video: The Big City trailer
A woman’s place is with her cooking pots: that is the firmly articulated belief of Subrata Mazumdar, a young bank clerk struggling to support his entire extended family on a meagre salary...
Ken Loach waltzes into Jimmy’s Hall
The film, starring Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, is likely to be the last narrative feature by Palm D’Or Winner. The end of a glorious era is in sight. 77-year-old...
Satyajit Ray
A major retrospective in London, new releases from Criterion, and screenings in Cannes, Venice, and L.A. Today sees the opening of a two-part retrospective of Ray’s work at BFI Southbank in London...
Breaking Free, in Life and on Screen
Golshifteh Farahani Continues to Rebel in ‘Patience Stone’, which opens in New York on Wednesday, and is also a statement of rebellion, though a somewhat tame one...
The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)
The story of chief detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad who become involved in a five-year-old case concerning the mystery of young danish politician...
A caged woman on the Piazza
Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard's thriller Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) – the adaption of Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen's award-winning ...
London loves Tom Hanks
Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillip, John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr Banks to bookend the London Film Festival (October 9-20). The 57th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (October 9-20) is serving...
The Patience Stone
Atiq Rahimi • Interview

"The Patience Stone is based on a real story". It captures the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime...
MY STOLEN REVOLUTION
Nahid Persson • Interview

Thirty years after The 1979 revolution, filmmaker and activist Nahid Persson Sarvestani sets out to find the friends she left behind in the Islamic Republic...
Freedom to Sing: One Small Suitcase, Many Big Dreams
In the Islamic Republic, a woman is typically not allowed to sing solos in public unless she performs for an all-female audience and is accompanied by...
Salman Rushdie and the fatwa
"Fundamentalism isn't about religion, it's about power" says Salman Rushdie. Following the publication of the novel 'The Satanic Verses' in 1988, author Salman...
Iranian film director tackles pedophilia
A leading female director in Iran is not afraid of tackling difficult issues on the big screen. Pouran Derakhshandeh’s latest movie "Hush, Girls don’t scream" won...
The Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh (2010)
This documentary is an enchanting ode to the resilience, intelligence and valor of Palestinian women from Ain el-Hilweh. The largest refugee camp in Lebanon, it has...
The Raven (2012)
Set in 1849, it is a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet and author pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe's stories...
Makhmalbaf: The Ambassador of Peace
A letter of support and gratitude for Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s peaceful efforts in Israel. Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who recently attended the...
'Cinema threatens the government'
Cancer, arrests and exile from Tehran haven't stopped Mania Akbari from making her politicised, potent films. Tom Seymour from The Guardian meets Iran's iron...
Makhmalbaf: "You love us, we love you"
Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a leading figure in Iranian cinema's new wave movement and the most prominent Iranian figure to visit Israel since 1979...
Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness (2007)
Combining drama with documentary, this film argues that Ghazali’s Islam is the antidote for today’s terror. Ghazali's path of love and spiritual excellence...
Mads Mikkelsen: Ready, Aim, Fire
The ‘Hannibal’ star’s Cannes-winning turn as an unjustly targeted social pariah in Thomas Vinterberg’s THE HUNT raises the Great Dane’s international stature...
The Challenges Of Making A Film In Saudi Arabia
How's the film doing in Saudi Arabia? Well, there are no movie theaters in the desert kingdom. Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islam is the backdrop...
Haifaa Al Mansour to Head Venice Jury For Debut Films
Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female director in Saudi Arabia and author of Wadjda, will be president of the International Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award...
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)
an extensive examination of all things related to WikiLeaks and the larger global debate over access to information. Having exposed institutions like Enron,...
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...
The Notebook (2013)
A fascinating and hard-hitting adaptation of the controversial first novel by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof about 13-year-old twins forced to spend the last years of the Second World War...
Jane Campion: this much I know
My advice to young female filmmakers is: please do not play the lady card. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Just do your work and let someone else deal with...
KVIFF: And the winners are…
In a report from the Closing Ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF, Oliver Stone addresses the assembled after receiving the festival’s Crystal Globe award ...
The Invisible War (2012)
Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and...
Jerusalem Film Festival pays tribute to Makhmalbaf
JFF has invited Mohsen Makhmalbaf as a special guest and will be paying tribute to his works by showcasing four of his films...
Papusza (2013)
True story of Papusza - the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community...
Big Brother will last
Oliver Stone • Interview

Oliver Stone is being honored at the Karlovy Vary fest this year with a Crystal Globe for his contribution to world cinema...
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no...
Susan Sarandon • Interview
'Feminism is a bit of an old-fashioned word'. Susan Sarandon on portraying strong women, the dearth of young Susans – and her recipe for ...
Viva la libertà (2013)
One night after the umpteenth protest Olivieri, the Secretary of the main opposition party, vanishes leaving a laconic note. Rumors and inferences abound in the institutional and party...
Renoir (2012)
In his twilight years, Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action...
Former Monarch’s Private Life gone on stage
A part of the private life of the former Iranian monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, has inspired a play entitled “Flight to Darkness”, which has gone on stage...
Before Midnight (2013)
One of cinema’s finest portrayals of a relationship and one of the great love stories of American independent cinema with lead actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke ...
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
A sense of belonging is at stake for the two different exiles at the heart of this immersive first dramatic feature from noted Italian documentarist Andrea Segre...
Gezi Park – the movie
In politics, as in cinema, representation is everything. In Istanbul’s Gezi Park, where thousands of protestors spent the first week of June ...
Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)
A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question. He ends with experiencing an excellently portrayed crisis of...
Open letter to president of Turkey
Following events on Saturday evening, in Istanbul, award winning German-turkish film director Fatih Akin has called on Turkish ...
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
A chronicle of the ex-stockbroker’s rise and fall in the 1980s financial scene, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal...
Marvelous Marketa
The Czech masterpiece Marketa Lazarová is almost here. Get a glimpse of some of the arresting images from this film.. Out next week on Blu-ray and DVD...
Diana (2013)
Celebrated and adored by millions, she was the Queen of people’s hearts, yet the bittersweet story of the last man to truly capture hers has never before been told...
The Italian (2005)
Vanya is a 6 year old orphan living in a rundown orphanage in a remote Russian village. For Vanya and the other children, life is without hope, unless, of course...
Dormant Beauty (2012)
A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro...
The Roaring Lion-Prince of Iran returns
In the world of Iranian actor Kambiz Hosseini, almost everything about his country's presidential elections is side-splittingly funny...
The Attack (2012)
The film focuses on the moral dilemma faced by an Arab-Israeli surgeon when the police inform him that his wife has carried out a suicide bombing...
Barzakh (2011)
What is it like to live in a city where large mosques stand next door to torture chambers? And where clairvoyants’ prophesies are more heeded than official...
Le Havre (2011)
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken...
World celebrities against police violence in Turkey
“Dear citizens of the world, right now, police is violently attacking citizens that are protesting...
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Hirokazu Kore-eda, the globally...
Arirang (2011)
Arirang is about Kim Ki-duk playing 3 roles in 1. Ah…Arirang. Alright. Let’s mercilessly kill each other in our hearts till we die. Even today I hold back as I get angry. I laugh as I...
A Gagged Lars von Trier Reveals 'Nympho- maniac' Chapters
The Danish director unveils the structure of his upcoming erotic epic. On Friday, von Trier gave...
The Congress (2013)
The film explores the ramifications of how a new digitized actress affects the future of the woman and society as a whole...
Abbas Kiarostami on situation in Iran
'The Situation in Iran Has Never Been This Dark'. Having made his two previous films abroad, the former Palme d’Or winner says...
Deepa Mehta about Midnight’s Children
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched...
Pieta (2012)
Hired by moneylenders, a man lives as a loan shark brutally threatening people for paybacks. This man, without any family therefore with nothing to lose, continues his...
AWARDS: 66th Festival de Cannes Awards
Tonight, during the Closing Ceremony of this 66th Festival de Cannes, the Jury presided over by Steven Spielberg revealed...
Cannes 2013: "Blue is the Warmest Colour" wins the Palme d'Or
Abdellatif Kechiche's epic and explicit love story beats the Coen Brothers into second place...
The Missing Picture (2013)
"It is symbolic for us – because the Khmer Rouge did not only kill people but they also destroyed identity and memory..."
‘Needle’ Wins Cannes’ Cinefondation Prize
Iranian-born director's short film wins the student film competition section. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s Needle was awarded the Cine...
My Sweet Pepperland: Make laugh, not war
Director Hiner Saleem’s most successful attempt to depict the new Kurdistan with humor and imagination...
Jim Jarmusch: Press Confrence • Cannes
"There is something very British about vampire stories". I have wanted to direct a vampire love story for the past seven years...
INTERVIEW: Nicole Kidman • Cannes
"In my heart I'm independent, a bit of a rebel, a non-conformist". Encounter with the glamorous star of Steven Spielberg's Jury...
UN CERTAIN REGARD • Manuscripts Don't Burn
An emblematic victim of artistic repression in Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof was arested at the same as Jafar Panahi...
Le Grand Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis, the tireless joker, a man with many hats, actor, screenwriter and producer. He is a film legend who will be celebrated this year at the Cannes...
Robert Redford on America
'Certain things have got lost'. Robert Redford attends the All Is Lost Press Conference during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival...
Press Conference • Jia Zhangke • Cannes
'I am dedicated to preserving creative freedom.' Jia Zhangke appeared before journalists at the press conference for A Touch of...
Nicolas Winding Refn • Avenging Angel
Since his first film, Pusher (1996), the Danish filmmaker has painted portraits of violent men in search of vengeance. He sets the action...
Interview: Thomas Vinterberg • Cannes
Thomas Vinterberg, after four films including the highly acclaimed Festen (Jury Prize 1998) and The Hunt (Best Actor 2012), returns...
The Great Beauty: a journey to the end of the night
Jep Gambardella is 65 and his character emanates a charm that time has not ravaged. He is a...
Cannes Review • As I Lay Dying
James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel about an impoverished Mississippi family premiered in the Un Certain...
Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra"
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and...
The Witches (1967)
The film has a strong satirical mold and considers the status of women in the sixties in Italy. It consists of 5 short stories, directed by De Sica, Visconti, Pasolini, Franco Rossi...
Interview: Jane Campion • Cannes
Presidente of the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury, Jane Campion is the only woman to feature on the list of Palme d’or award winners...
Interview: François Ozon • Director
"Adolescence is the birth of disillusion". French director offers the Cannes competition an initiatory account both bold and moving ...
Asghar Farhadi, Press Conference, Cannes
"Every spectator can make the film their own". Asghar Farhadi, in Competition with The Past, held his press conference surrounded by...
Cannes 2013: Top Ten
The most anticipated films in competition for the Palm D'Or this year at the Cannes Film Festival. A preview of the upcoming 2013 Cannes top ten Films and a list of...
Only God Forgives (2013)
Nicolas Winding Refn presents revenge thriller Only God Forgives. An American drug smuggler in Thailand is ordered by his mother...
Marjane Satrapi Takes On 'The Voices'
The new film by the award-winning Iranian-French director Marjane Satrapi is a psycho-thriller that tells the story of a bathtub factory...
How to be a film critic
Hone your critical approach to film and how you communicate your ideas to others in this practical introduction to film criticism. It takes more than an encyclopaedic...
The End of Innocence
There is no such thing as a happy Kennedy. It is an insider’s family history, seen through the eyes of a child, with all their naivety, their doubts and their questions...
The Scream (2012)
In a country that has little place for a woman’s voice, Yemen – and the rest of the world - was stunned when Yemeni women took to the streets to draw attention to...
Kayhan Kalhor: Songs of Hope
Filmed in Karaj, Iran and New York City, "Songs of Hope" explores the life and music of Kayhan Kalhor, a master of the kamancheh, or...
Cinema Encounters in Tehran (2009)
A 40 minute documentary that follows two young American filmmakers' journey to Iran for the 2007 Verite Film Festival...
Yesterday Never Ends (2013)
Year 2017. Barcelona. A couple reunites after five years of not seeing each other and after going through some tragic incidents...
God's Horses (2012)
Nabil Ayouch's latest film is an impressive depiction of a Casablanca slum as a breeding ground for terrorism. We were expecting a tough film, and that's exactly...
Jim Jarmusch enters the competition
Unveiled on April 18th, the Official Selction of the 66th Cannes Film Festival was completed today. Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch...
Nycander prepares close-up of Astrid Lindgren
"I don't mean anything by my writing. I just write for the child in myself." she responded, when...
Mossadegh (2012)
Roozbeh Dadvand’s Short film about the legendary iranian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. Having risen to an intolerable level of popularity among the Iranian...
Cinema's Love Affair With Cars Continues
Jaguars have played their part in many iconic film moments. How many can you recall? The truth is that automotive and cinematic...
Filmmakers of the world
Polanski, Farhadi and Saleh Haroun: nationalities? Filmmakers of the world. The question of the nationality of films has become...
Fifty People One Question: Tehran
Shot on location in Tehran’s Gisha neighborhood, filmmaker Ali Molavi’s contribution to this project is a lovely reflection of the universality of big dreams...
The Minister (2011)
The film is the portrait of a lonely man – with “4000 contacts and not a single friend” – who can neither open his eyes to nor turn a blind eye towards reality...
Review: The Gatekeepers
A candid insight into Israel's security situation since 1967. This first-rate film has rightly been compared with The Fog of War...
Taboor (2012)
A man seeks to protect his hypersensitive body from a daily rise in temperature caused by pervasive electromagnetic waves. He concocts an aluminum...
Alamar (2009)
Natan is five years old. He is the son of a Mexican father and an Italian mother. Before his parents separate for good and Natan moves with his mother to Rome, his father Jorge...
The Newcomers (1979)
A documentary, that was only recovered one year ago, shows us unique images of Tehran in the summer of 1979, when freedom of speech was abundant and...
Ziba (2012)
Ziba is an upper-class housewife in today's modern Tehran. Unable to relate to her environment or to her alienating life, she lives within her repetition unable to express to...
CPH PIX 2013
Celebrating its fifth edition, CPH PIX 2013 tours Copenhagen's cinemas from 11 to 24 April with a programme of more than 150 feature films from around the world
Northwest gets two prizes in Beaune
Scandinavian feature films shine out on the winners’ list of this 5th edition of the International Crime Film Festival in Beaune, which ended...
The Past (2013)
The Past is an upcoming 2013 French Drama film directed by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. It stars Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa and Tahar...
Iranian 'King of Hearts' 13th anniversary
Iranian 'King of Hearts' died 13 years ago in April 2000 in Tehran where more than 20,000 mourners had gathered for the funeral of...
Roger Ebert dies aged 70
America's most popular film reviewer, who wielded the nation's most famous thumb, dies in Chicago after cancer treatment...
Salvador Dalí - Arena (1986)
This documentary chronicles the life of Salvador Dali, and is probably the most informative and comprehensive film on the subject with rare...
Denmark's Heide and Joof selected for comedy film fest in New York
Rasmus Heide’s One for Two and Hella Joof’s Almost Perfect will...
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture...
Jon Stewart to Direct Serious Film
Mr. Stewart, the stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host to direct his first movie, a drama called Rosewater from a screenplay ...
Under an empty, cruel sky
Anyone who has seen more than one Bergman film will recognise certain plot elements, settings, faces. Few artists have created…
A Hijacking adds a Bodil to a Robert
Danish director Tobias Lindholm‘s pirate thriller A Hijacking continued its award-winning spree Saturday night at Copenhagen’s Bremen ...
Aga: Golshifteh Farahani stands up to a corrupt chief
the Franco-German coproduction Aga by Hiner Saleem, a sort of modern western describing the...
The Great Gatsby to open Cannes 2013
Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated 3D take on The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald's romantic tale of the gilded jazz age, is to open...
The Filmhouse, Copenhagen
Each week we ask readers to tell us about where they go to watch films. Today, the home of Denmark's national agency for film and...
6th Annual IFF: Call For Film Submissions
6th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to the next ...
Persson explores fate of her executed brother
Iranian-Swedish director Nahid Persson was arrested and briefly imprisoned in Iran for allegedly shaming her country in her ...
The Iranian Top 50 Films
Fifty films essential to understanding Iranian cinema. This list doesn’t necessarily represent the monuments of Iranian art-...
A Hijacking wins Best Feature, Best Actor
Tobias Lindholm’s pirate thriller A Hijacking took the main trophy for Best Feature, and his lead Søren Malling won for Best Actor in...
Luis Bunuel's masterpiece, TRISTANA
"Tristana", recently digitally restored by the Cohen Film Collection, is a subdued Bunuel masterpiece of his later period...
Hushpuppy (2012)
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her...
War Witch (2012)
Shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo and released in 2012, is a film that packs a punch. It follows the terrifying journey of a child soldier as she tells her life story...
Sweden got an Oscar for documentary
Sweden took a golden statuette home for the film "Searching for Sugar Man". Swedish Malik Bendjelloul win an Oscar for...
The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees
THR's Nominees Night event lured Oscar hopefuls including Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain...
Wonderful Town (2007)
In Aditya Assarat’s haunting film, a Bangkok architect, sent to a town devastated by the 2004 tsunami to supervise construction of a new beach resort, falls in love with...
Silent Night (2012)
In his quiet, intimate film, director Reis Çelik succeeds in telling the tragic story of an unusual wedding night – without the strains of a musical score on the soundtrack ...
Bwakaw (2012)
Veteran Filipino superstar Eddie Garcia delivers the performance of a lifetime in this life-affirming, heartwarming and tear-jerker dramatic/comedy that shows that...
Child`s Pose (2013)
One cold evening in March, Barbu is tearing down the streets 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit when he knocks down a child. The boy dies shortly after the ...
'Afghanistan is like Star Wars'
Unveiled in Toronto, the Franco-German co-production The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi is being released today in French cinemas...
Cairo Time (2009)
Vaguely dissatisfied with her job, Juliette follows her Canadian diplomat husband, Mark, to Cairo. When she arrives, however, she learns that he’s been held up in...
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A Party In Hell - Shab Neshini Dar Jahanam (1956)

 

Synopsis

Haji Jabbar is a wealthy man, who is chided constantly by his family for avarice. Haji intends to marry off his daughter, Parvin, to a wealthy old man.

He has no regard for the love existing between Parvin and her cousin. He does not care for his son, Hamid, who, due to negligence, is on the verge of a breakdown.



Soon he loses his health, and, during a dream, he sees himself in hell. Because of the dream, he divides his wealth among his family.

He also donated another portion of his wealth to charity before he dies. Noted primarily for its technical merits, especially for the use of special effects. Maghsoulou, Bahman. 



Cast: Roomina, Arham Sadr, Ezatollah Voosogh, Parkhideh, Rahim Rohshanian, Hooshang Morahdi, Akbar Khajavi, Ebrahim Bahgheri, Mehdi Raisfirooz, Berenji, Sobhani, Zarandi

Dialogue: Hossein Madani
Song: Banoo Delkash, Vigen
Dance: Firouzeh, Farideh, Roshdi, Zandi
Camera: Enayatallah Femin
Sound: Jamsheed Byoki
Make-up: Kanaan Kiani
Producer: Mehdi Misaghieh  

A Party In Hell - Shab Neshini Dar Jahanam (1956)

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Title: A Party In Hell - Shab Neshini Dar Jahanam (1956)
Directed by: Samuel Khachikian, Mushegh Sarvarian
Date of birth: 1923, Tabriz, Iran
Date of death: 22 October 2001, Tehran, Iran

Writing credits: Mehdi Misaghieh

Country: Iran
Language: Farsi
Color: Black and White
Runtime: 120 min.

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