Industries & Festivals — February 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

Iran hosts 2nd “Hollywoodism and Cinema” International conference

The second International conference on “Hollywoodism and Cinema” has kicked off in Iran’s capital of Tehran, in Iran’s Presidential office, according to local sources.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and his deputy in cinematic affairs Javad Shamaghdari participate in the ceremony, along with a number of cinematic scholars and officials.

About 48 foreign scholars from France, the US, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Palestine and the UK participate at  the event.

The conference was scheduled to be held as a sideline program of the 2012 Fajr International Film Festival.

The event was scheduled discuss such principle topics as “Narration in Hollywood,” “Role of Cinema in the World Awakening”, “The Role of Hollywoodism and Human Decadence”, “Portrait of Future in Hollywood”. The conference will last between 2-4 of February.

Considering the anti-capitalist movements in the US and Europe, a number of other related subjects will also be explored during the conference.

Since the recent uprisings in US and European cities and their impressive messages can be adapted into films, the conference will review other related subjects such as ‘Hollywood and Holocaust,’ ‘Palestine on the Line of Fire,’ ‘Hollywood and Apocalypse,’ ‘Hollywood,’ and ‘Darwinism and Liberalism.’

The first Hollywoodism and Cinema conference was held last year covering a variety of rather controversial subjects such as War, Terrorism and Hollywood, Hollywood and Satanism and American Life Style in Hollywood.

The 30th Fajr International Film Festival promoting the motto “Morality, Awareness and Hope” was inaugurated during a ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Wednesday.

The opening ceremony featured an event honoring five Iranian cineastes including cinematographer Alireza Zarrindast, film editor Hossein Zandbaf, directors Mohammad Bozorgnia and Jamal Shurjeh along with actor Davud Rashidi, each of who received a Golden Simorgh during the proceedings.

Twenty-six films will be contending for the Crystal Simorgh in the Iranian films competition at the 30th edition of Fajr Film Festival that is running in Tehran and several other Iranian cities from February 1 to 11.

Fourteen films from different countries have also found their way into the international section of the festival. Films from Canada, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Britain are seen on the list of movies competing in the international section, known as the Jaam-e Jahan-Nama Section.

This year’s jury is comprised of “Havana File” director Alireza Raissian, “Mokhtarnameh” director Davud Mirbaqeri, and “Alzheimer” director Ahmadreza Motamedi. Filmmakers Abolqasem Talebi, Jamal Shurjeh, and Yadollah Samadi and actor Davud Rashidi have also been selected for the jury.

Nine foreign movies will also be screened at the Asian Cinema Section of the festival. Films from China, Japan, South Korea and Turkey will be competing in this section.

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