My Persian Nights @ Parasol unit: collaboration with London Iranian Film Festival29 September 2013
Image: ‘There Are There Things You Don’t Know’, Dir. Fardin Saheb-Zamani, 2010 (92 mins)
Image: ‘Back Vocal’, Dir. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2004 (40 mins)
Sunday 29 September, 5–9pm
This afternoon of film programmed by the London Iranian Film Festival, will give viewers a rare opportunity to experience some of Iran’s most exciting cinematic exports.
5pm: Back Vocal
Dir. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2004. (40mins)
This film captures the struggles encountered by contemporary Iranian singers and musicians who work to be heard in their own country. Back Vocal explores Iran’s prohibition against female solo singers.
6pm:There are Things you Don’t Know
Dir. Fardin Saheb-Zamani, 2010. (92 mins)
Ali, a late-shift taxi driver, works the 'mean streets' of Tehran, and while doing so, he encounters a wide variety of people. This taciturn, disconsolate man meets Denis and the lovely Leila, both of whom start to play an important role among his customers. Ali gets closer to the secretive young woman due to their similar personalities and deep internal isolation.
Tickets £6/£5 each or £10/£8 for both
The London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK. The festival aims to produce the best, and most diverse, Iranian film programme in the country, and to attract as many people as possible to view Iranian cinema.
The London Iranian Film Festival is brought to you by UKIFF – a volunteer-run, non-political organization aiming to provide a cultural platform for a celebration of Iranian cinema in the UK. UKIFF have created many opportunities for emerging and established filmmakers to exhibit their work representing Iranian culture. In addition, we introduce Iranian cinema to new audiences, stimulating cultural diversity and fulfilling both an entertainment and educational function.
London Iranian Film Festival will have its Opening Night at a prestigious London venue, attended by a wide array of industry members. Live entertainment will include traditional music followed by film screenings to introduce new audiences to Iranian culture.
For the remainder of the festival, there will be activities and special events to compliment the screenings throughout London. These will include Q&A sessions, networking events, exhibitions, as well as the latest films from Iran. The Closing Night will see prizes being awarded to the best films in five categories – Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Animation and Best Short Film Script. The films selected will enjoy the privilege of being screened at the Apollo Cinema, Regent Street and the French Institute's Cine Lumiere. This year also sees the launch of our new audience award, which we hope will add to the warm and exciting atmosphere of the festival.
Regardless of who you are, where you come from and what you do, this is a cultural event where you can enjoy and exchange opinions. London Iranian Film Festival provides a chance to experience, enjoy, learn and discover!