Industries & Festivals — February 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Azerbaijan hosts days of Iranian cinema

azerbaijan iranRegarding the 33rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the capital of Azerbaijan (Baku) is hosting the days of Iranian cinema. The even will last for only two days, February 6-7.

At the opening, head of the Iranian culture center, Ibrahim Nuri said that Iranian cinema gives preference to the moral and spiritual values, while staying away from immorality and violence.

He also added, that over 100 feature films are being produced in Iran each year. It’s planned to increase this figure to 300. In the world, Iran is ranked 13th in filmmaking.

Nuri also spoke about the development of Iranian cinema, saying that as part of joint collaboration of Iranian and Azerbaijani filmmakers, three films were made, “The lost piece”, “Time backwards”, and “Eighth Sky”.

Azerbaijani filmmakers also participated at the event, and spoke about the Iranian cinema. Towards the end of the even, and Iranian film was demonstrated.

Add to that, Iranian cinema has recently delivered big time – making a movie “Nader and Simin, a Separation”, that captured some nice awards internationally.

The film “Nader and Simin, a Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi was nominated as the Best Foreign Film by Danish National Association of Film Critics. Farhadi’s film which scored the Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay Awards in American National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), New York, also won the Golden Bear for the Best Feature Film and Two Silver Bears for the Best Casts in Berlin International Film Festival.

The film premiered on 9 February 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. Six days later it played in Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Farhadi’s feature film which won the Grand Award for the Best Film in Saint Petersburg Festival in Russia, received Croatian festival award as well.

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