Since 2013 we have been presenting the diversity of Iranian cinema to an audience of German origin, but also to the lively exile and foreign Iranian community in Cologne.
In memoriam Levon Haftvan (*1966 – †2018)
Seine Lebensgeschichte hätte das Zeug für mehrere Spielfilme. Der dickleibige armenische Theatermime war auch künstlerisch ein Schwergewicht („Fat Shaker“, „Parviz“). „Kupal“ feiert ihn noch einmal als Naturereignis (Abschlussfilm).
Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) initiierte in den 1980ern den internationalen Durchbruch des Iranischen Kinos und erhielt zahllose Festivalpreise, darunter die Goldene Palme. Wir zeigen „24 frames“.
Dr. Ahmad Kupal, hunter and taxidermist, researcher and romanticist, loves animals and good food. A generally kind-hearted and a funny fellow, he now deals with his past and his abysses in his apartment.
In his last posthumously completed work, the old master of Iranian cinema once again turned to the main theme of his last decade: the union of poetry, painting and photography in moving images, the role of cinema as a mediator between nature and art
Tahsili outlines different phases of the 30 poison gas missions that were carried out during the Iran-Iraq war, touches on the role of German companies - which as suppliers for chemical laboratories also equipped Iraq - and focuses above all on the situation and feelings of the victims.
Four IT students from the province want to drive a new business idea despite all the adversities - low prospects for the future and resistance from their families: Everyone should be able to develop their own apps.
The "Paykan" is national cultural heritage. Generations know, love and hate this originally British car model, which was produced in Iran for 38 years from 1967 on - first a sign of modernisation and mobility, then a symbol of traffic chaos and environmental pollution.
The unmarried Niloofar lives with her mother and runs a small tailor shop quite successfully. When the doctor advises the mother to move to the countryside for health reasons because of the smog, the brother and the family elders decide that Niloofar should accompany her.
Director Farzad has split up with his wife. On his own and other people's wedding videos he searches for early signs of coming misfortune and later divorce. Starting from the personal experiences, this poetic essay questions the concept of marriage and its social significance.
The "Boulevard Keshavarz" in the heart of Tehran has been a symbol of modernisation in Iran since the 1940s. After Queen Elizabeth's trip to Iran, first called "Elizabeth Boulevard", it appears as an urban resort in numerous films, songs and texts.
The film documents in retrospect, how in 1984 a completely new group of patients arrived in Vienna - the Iranian poison gas victims - and the Austrian doctors had to react with new forms of treatment within a very short time.