Abbassi was one of the most active producers of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Abbas Kiarostami, Amir Naderi, Massoud Kimiaie – some of the most famous filmmakers initially worked for Abbassi’s “Payam Production”.
When the Taliban threatened Afghan director Hassan Fazili with death in 2015, he was forced to flee with his wife Fatima and daughters Nargis (11) and Zahra (6).
Mouth Harp in Minor Key – Hamid Naficy in/on Exile
Maryam Sepehri portrays the important film historian and intellectual Hamid Naficy, who has been living in exile in California for four decades.
Orange Days (Rooz-Haye Narenji)
Aban, a woman in her mid-forties, employs seasonal workers at the orange harvest in Northern Iran. When she wins a tender for the largest plantation in the region, she needs nerves of steel to keep the column of pickers happy.
Sheeple (Maghz-haye Koochak Zang-Zadeh)
Shakur and his brothers Amir and Shahin control the drug trade in the suburban jungle with their crystal meth laboratory, but when their sister’s honor is at stake, Shahin starts a gang war.
Short Films 1: Art & Experience
The ART & EXPERIENCE association brings sophisticated artistic perspectives to selected cinemas. As part of a cooperation, we show a selection of current, often award-winning short films.
Short Films 2: FiDAN films
The Iranian short film shows interests and motivations of young filmmakers, it reveals new perspectives and upcoming masters. Together with filmmaker Iman Behrouzi we present a selection of the distributor FiDAN films.
Short Films 3: Kanoon Animation Films
The animation films produced by Kanoon make use of all the medium’s possibilities for transformation and metamorphosis: a shadow that becomes independent, a little man that escapes the carpenter’s wood chips, a small bird that befriends a scarecrow, and goats that become clouds.
Short films 4: Teheran Nostalgia
Love in Close Up, short film
Red Dress, Video/Re-Performance
Tehran Derby, short documentary
Song Of God
A film of colours and sounds: SONG OF GOD leads to the enigmatic group of Yarsani (Ahl-e Haqq), which is widespread in the Iranian-Kurdish border region.
The Paternal House (Khaneh Pedari)
1929: A mansion in Tehran, a young woman disappears into the cellar. The following generations, especially the female family members, suffer from the crime that was never solved.
The Report of Yousefi’s Runaway (Gozareshe Farare Yousefi)
Toghiri’s debut approaches the situation of young people in Iran from different perspectives. Omid, Aida, Amir and Sepideh belong to a group connected by friendships and love relationships.
Yesterday drought, today flood. And tomorrow?
Ehsani has been documenting the threat to Iran’s limited water resources for a long time. His latest film portrays the rich cultural landscape the river Karoon passes on its way.