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The Iranian Film Festival

By Nadia Buick - 10 Oct 2013

The Iranian Film Festival is a relatively newly formed festival that hails from our hometown of Brisbane. This festival is an important survey of Iranian cinema, which produces films of an astounding standard and is highly regarded for its moving, topical works. Now in its third year, and running from the 10–13 of October, the Iranian Film Festival is well worth a visit.. Here are our picks:

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Closed Curtin

Jafar Panahi is one of Iran's most respected filmmakers. Sadly, he is also an artist who has been constrained severely by his own government, having been placed under house arrest and banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he co-directs, writes, produces and stars in this new film. Also known as Parde, Closed Curtin tells the tale of a group of people trapped in a house by a lake, a situation that has been read as a critique of the repression suffered in Iran by artists like Panahi. The film won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Meeting Leila

Two people meet in what seems like a twist of fate in this charming and humorous love story. But what appears to be love at first sight soon turns into a more complicated affair. Leila is a perfume tester and Nader is a chain smoker who works in advertising. Leila demands that he quit smoking, but Nader can't let it go…

Moving Up & Nessa

Created by the same director, Loghman Khaledi, these two documentaries reveal the lives of two people who are outsiders, desiring a better and more creative existence. In Moving Up we meet Shahriyar, who aspires to be a great novelist. Nessa shares the story of a young woman who dreams of becoming an actress. Though short, these films are powerful and touching in their honesty.

Rhino Season

This film is based on a true story and follows Sahel, a Kurdish-Iranian poet unjustly incarcerated during the Islamic Revolution. Once he is released, some three decades later, Sahel begins a search for his wife, despite their long separation. This is a poignant romance set in a political context, featuring a cast of celebrated actors.

Snow on Pines

The festival's opening film is also the directorial debut of Payman Maadi, who also wrote the acclaimed A Separation. Shot in black and white, this film follows piano teacher Roya, a married woman who discovers some dark secrets about her husband, and meets an enchanting younger man.

For more film listings and ticketing details, head here.

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TUL Note: Nadia Buick co-directs The Fashion Archives, is a freelance fashion curator, and recently submitted a PhD at QUT, so it's no surprise that she knows a thing two when it comes to art and style. Nadia is an avid wearer of vintage (just ask for her best spots about town), collects old paintings and postcards and can always find the beauty in a little clutter. 

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