DALLAS – To promote and present Iranian art and culture in the international community, AramArt Institute is presenting the second annual Sheed Persian Film Festival. The event will be Nov. 10-12 at Angelika Film Center – Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane.
ROLE OF PERSIAN FILM IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
Persian cinema, and especially Iranian cinema, has been witnessing the emergence of several young and admirably ambitious directors during the past decade. A mixture of young and experienced directors and a different look at the basic elements of cinema has made Iranian movies have a brilliant performance on the international scene.
OVERVIEW OF SHEED PERSIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Organized by artistic director Shahram Mokri, festival director Arameh Etemadi and festival founder Ehsan Matoori, Sheed will include an acting workshop, six films for public screening and a competitive section featuring nine acclaimed Persian movies, a memorial for the deceased Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
AWARDS FOR FEATURED FILMS IN FESTIVAL
Golden Closeup awards will be presented to Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. This award, which is taken from Abbas Kiarostami’s film: CLOSEUP, is being presented for the first time after this great Iranian director’s untimely passing in 2016. The Best Movie award will be chosen by the audience, while Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress will be decided by a notable jury. This year’s jury committee includes film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Professor Richard Pena and Iranian film critic Hooshang Golmakani.
BRINGING PERSIAN FILMS SPECIFICALLY TO DALLAS
“Dallas is a diverse metropolitan center with several well-established and emerging film festivals that have nurtured, and in turn, are supported by the enthusiastic participation of film-loving audiences,” said Matoori, festival founder. “Iranian cinema has consistently garnered both critical acclaim and an avid international following, and it’s our hope that a Persian Film Festival will make a meaningful contribution to the city’s rich film programming.
“Moreover, in an age of increasing cultural exchange between Iran and the U.S, we hope that a celebration of Iranian cinema will help to connect audiences to modern Iranian society through an array of cinematic expressions.”
2nd SHEED PERSIAN FILM FESTIVAL
WHEN and WHERE:
Friday – Sunday, Nov. 10 – 12
Angelika Film Center – Dallas
5231 E. Mockingbird Ln.
Dallas, Tx 75206
SHEED Persian Film Festival Program
(in order of scheduling though schedule subject to change)
All films are in Farsi with English subtitles.
Friday, Nov. 10
8 p.m. Festival Opening Movie:
NO DATE NO SIGNATURE
Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Synopsis: Kaveh Nariman is a coroner in the medical examiner’s office. One day at his work he meets a corpse which is very familiar to him.
Awards: Venice Film Festival 2017 – Best Director and Best Actor
Fajr Film Festival 2017 – Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Director: Alireza Davoodnejad
Synopsis: An 18-year old girl comes to Tehran to take a picture with an 8-billion Tomans Ferrari, but this will put her into some trouble.
Saturday, Nov 11
AUGUST – USA Premiere
Director: Bahman Kamyar
Synopsis: While struggling to conceive a child, young husband Roya receives a call advising him to run away. To find out more, a painful truth must be faced.
RAIN WAS FALLING
Director: Ali Safikhani
Synopsis: Azar, a traditional wife and a protective mother, has previously agreed with her husband, Iraj, to get a divorce when their only daughter marries. She regards this divorce a disgrace but accepts it reluctantly. When Iraj is injured in a car accident, Azar faces the dilemma of giving in and leaving her husband for an old romantic rival or going on and fighting for her marital life.
Director: Parviz Shahbazi
Synopsis: A young girl convinces her father she has been kidnapped in order to elope with her boyfriend. Now living among street musicians, she descends down an uncertain path.
Director: Afshin Hashemi
Synopsis: Two elderly men discover that they have terminal illnesses. They decide to escape and embark on a nightly journey throughout the city.
AZAR – USA Premiere
Director: Mohammed Hamzei
Synopsis: First seen racing on a dusty motocross track, Azar (Niki Karimi) isn’t exactly the conventional ideal wife, at least not in Iran. She’s confident, capable, and deeply committed to the fledgling pizza restaurant she runs with her husband, Amir (Hamidreza Azarang), but she’s a little too progressive for some tastes. So when a terrible tragedy threatens the future of both Amir and the business, she ends up paying the price. It’s a forceful, deeply felt snapshot of gender inequality in contemporary Iran.
Director: Mostafa Taghizadeh
Synopsis: Five young scientists are emigrating to Europe when a tragic incident occurs. The crisis reveals layers of them in the past and present as they try to solve the problem.
Two Golden Goblet Award The Jury Grand Prix & The Best Actress Award in 20th Shanghai Film Festival
TWO awarded The Best Film and The best Script in III Bridge of Arts motivational IFF -2017
Sunday, Nov 12:
11 a.m. Double Feature
DO YOU HEAR ME? – USA Premiere
Director: Hossein Kondori
Synopsis: Sahra suddenly finds herself in a situation which is the result of her past mistakes. To see her way out, she has to make some difficult choices.
SARA & AYDA- World Premiere
Director: Maziar Miri
Synopsis: Sara and Ayda are two intimate friends. When the reputation of one of them is in danger they both try to help solve the situation. But how far will they go to support each other?
Director: Pourya Kakavand
Synopsis: Narrated in 12 episodes, situations arise where the main character hesitates to make an important decision. That moment will be the golden time in his/her life.
São Paulo (Brazil) IFF – New Filmmakers Competition section
ISRAFIL – USA Premiere
Director: Ida Panahandeh
Synopsis: Mahi, mourning the death of her son, bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart. But she soon learns that Behrooz is involved with a woman named Sara.
Special Screening of the Audience-Award Winning Movie
7 p.m. Festival Closing Movie:
Special Screening of the “Golden Closeup” Award Movie for Best in Festival