News ID: 314775
Published: 0248 GMT July 13, 2021

Melbourne International Film Festival to include programs on Iran

Melbourne International Film Festival to include programs on Iran

Arts & Culture Desk

The 69th edition of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), which is slated to be held from August 5 to 22, will have some programs on Iranian cinema.

It will hold a New Iranian Cinema section and a roundtable to review Iran’s cinema industry, ISNA reported.

According to ISNA, ‘A Hero’ by Asghar Farhadi; ‘The Sun’ by Majid Majidi; ‘Ballad of a White Cow’ by Behtash Sanaeeha; ‘Bandar Band’ by Manijeh Hekmat; ‘Hit the Road’ by Panah Panahi; the documentary, ‘Radiography of a Family,’ by Firoozeh Khosravani; ‘The Night’ by Kourosh Ahari; and ‘The Wasteland’ by Ahmad Bahrami will be screened in the special section of New Iranian Cinema.

Also, the film, ‘The Chess Game of the Wind,’ by Mohammadreza Aslani will be screened in the Restored Films Section.

The Iranian cinema roundtable will be held in the presence of Melbourne program manager Kate Fitzpatrick, Iranian directors Manijeh Hekmat and Firoozeh Khosravani, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and will discuss Iranian cinema and the emergence of filmmaking in the region.

The Melbourne film festival program features 283 films, with 40 world premieres and 154 Australian premieres.

According to, last year both the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival were cancelled due to the pandemic and replaced with virtual editions, which, through no fault of their own, had none of the magic of their real-world counterparts – the vibe, the energy, the thrill of watching things together.

With new daily cases of coronavirus currently cracking triple digits in New South Wales, things are looking pretty hairy for Sydney’s August festival – but Melbourne’s, which opens on 5 August, is looking OK for now.


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