Award-Winning Documentary Plays
in NY and LA
Currently playing in New York, New Mexico and California, FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS is the award-winning documentary film by Mitra Farahani. The film had its world premiere as the Official Selection at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and screened at numerous film festivals including New York, Telluride, and Seattle
Iranian painter and sculptor Bahman Mohasses, who was a celebrated and iconoclastic figure in the pre-revolutionary 60s and 70s, was known for his art as well as his merciless public pronouncements. Mohasses remained in Iran after the revolution, but he frequently traveled in secret to Italy, which he finally made his home in 2006. Throughout the years, many of his works were destroyed by the new government, and many more by Mohasses himself. Filmmaker Mitra Farhani tracked down Mohasses in a Roman hotel and filmed him during the last six months of his life. The poetic self-portrait that they made together is a joyous celebration of freedom—to create, to destroy, to indulge, to pontificate and make withering judgments, to live without regret.
FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS is open at Lincoln Plaza in New York, at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and Encino, Taos Center for the Arts in Taos, The Screen Santa Fe in Santa Fe, and Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.
Iranian Film to Compete at Zurich Film Festival
Iranian drama Melbourne directed by Nima Javidi has been selected to compete at the 10th edition of Zurich international Film festival. The story is that 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.
Melbourne is Javidi’s first feature film. It received critical acclaim at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in Italy. The film experienced its international premiere at the festival.
The 10th edition of Zurich international Film festival is scheduled for September 25 to October 5, 2014
Shirin Neshat : Afterwards
The first solo exhibition in the region of the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. The exhibition introduces a group of new and existing works along with interventions including the photographic series, The Book of Kings (2011), Our House is on Fire (2013) as well as the video installation, Turbulent (1998) that build relationships between ancient mythologies and contemporary events that are challenging our lives.
The work of Shirin Neshat explores the relationship between ancient history and the politics of the present narrated through a strong visual language referencing the primal concepts of violence, passion and love in universal history. The artist proposes a different perspective on this collective history, using images that reflect the paradox of beauty and violence.
November 9, 2014 @ 8:00 am – February 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Afghanistan has nominated Iranian filmmaker Jamshid Mahmoudi’s debut feature creation A Few Cubic Meters of Love to compete at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Though the film is an Iran-Afghanistan co-production, it has not secured an Iranian release date until after Sept. 30, the last date for Oscar eligibility. Mahmoudi decided to release in Afghanistan before that date, thereby qualifying the film from that country.The film is set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Teheran where a factory illegally employs Afghan asylum seekers. A love story plays out between a young Iranian worker and the daughter of an Afghan worker. (source: Variety)
The 87th Annual Academy Awards is scheduled for February 22, 2015