SHAFAQNA – London Iranian Film Festival is an annual, independent film festival held in London, United Kingdom. It is now entering its seventh year. It is the only festival in the UK that is dedicated to Iranian independent cinema, with this year’s event taking place from the 28th of October to the 2nd of November.
The London Iranian Film Festival is organised by a non-political, film-focused organization UKIFF, which aims to provide a platform for Iranian cinema in the UK. The Festival showcases films that consistently explore Iranian culture and identity.
Submissions to the festival are looked over by a panel of filmmakers and film industry professionals, and the films selected for screening are then placed into four categories: Short film, Documentary, Animation and Feature film. Prizes are awarded to the best film from each category on the closing night of the festival.
Previous selection committees have included Iranian filmmaker and scriptwriter Kambuzia Partovi, screen director Patrick Tucker, cinematographer Zoran Veljkovic, and Iranian filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.
The film festival has also had assistance from members of Europe’s only dedicated Iranian cinematic organization Iran film foundation, as well as members of Britain’s Iranian community.
4 MOVIES, 1 TICKET – چهار فیلم، یک بلیت
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2.00pm – Rabidity – هاری
4.00pm – Drought & Lie – خشکسالی و دروغ
6.00pm – Inversion – وارونگی
8.00pm – Being Born – به دنیا آمدن
RABIDITY – هاری
Feature Film | Iran | 89 min | 2016 | in Farsi with Eng subs
by director Amir Ahmad Ansari with Milad Keymaram, Alireza Kamali Nejad, Mina Sadati, Hengameh Ghaziani, Jamshid Hashempour
Synopsis: Friends since childhood, Shahrokh (Milad Keymaram) and Siavash (Alireza Kamalinejad) have become embroiled in petty crime during their formative years. The hot-headed Shahrokh has a penchant for gambling and has always relied on Siavash for support when his back is pressed up against a wall. While Shahrokh seems destined to continue his life of crime, the married Siavash is seeking to change his ways. One fateful day he chases after a thief and retrieves a bag that he snatched from a woman (Hengameh Ghaziani) on the street. However, when Siavash goes to return the bag to the woman, he finds that there is far more to her than meets the eye. ‘Rabidity’ has been selected in the competition section of the 2016 Montreal Film Festival.
DROUGHT & LIE – خشکسالی و دروغ
Feature Film | Iran | 93 min | 2016 | in Farsi with Eng subs
by director Pedram Alizadeh with Mohammad Reza Golzar, Ali Sarabi, Pegah Ahangarani, Aida Keikhaei, Mehdi Mehrabi
Synopsis: Omid happily celebrates his birthday with his wife Ala, her brother Arash and his fiancée at a villa near the Caspian Sea. A phone call from Omid’s ex-wife Mitra puts the festivities on hold, as she drops a bombshell that threatens to unravel the life that Omid and Ala have made together, having both escaped bitter first marriages. Written and directed by famous Iranian playwright Mohammad Yaghoubi, this insightful drama tackles marital and social issues with sharp dialogue and knowing humour.
INVERSION – وارونگی
Feature Film | Iran | 84 min | 2016 I in Farsi with Eng subs
by director Behnam Behzadi with Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Reza Aghakhani, Setareh Hosseini, Toufan Mehrdadian, Mojtaba Nam Nabat, Payam Yazdani, Ebad Karimi, Yazdan Akhoondi
Synopsis: Tehran’s air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother. Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest. She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.
BEING BORN – به دنیا آمدن
Feature Film | Iran | 91 min | 2016 I in Farsi with Eng subs
by director Mohsen Abdolvahab with Behnaz Jafari, Elham Korda, Mehdi Amiri, Morteza Nasim Sobhan, Pooneh Abdolkarimzadeh, Reza Mortazavi, Roya Javidnia, Sepahrad Farzami, Hedayat Hashemi
Synopsis: Pari and Farhad are a middle-class family who are both involved in theater and cinema. They love each other and are happy with their son, though Pari, unwantedly becomes pregnant. Farhad insists on abortion but Pari believes the abortion is inhuman and cannot accept her husband’s idea. A baby who has the possibly of making their family life happier causes some serious changes in their situation.
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