By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The Iranian Film Festival is upon us once again and has fast become one of the Czech Republic’s best new film festivals. From recent award-winning features like Bani Khoshnoudi’s immigrant tale Fireflies to classics like Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday, the festival boasts a diverse programme able to cater the likes of anyone.
This year, for the first time, the festival’s unique selection of English friendly short films will screen in the Old Town’s new Screenshot cinema and bar.
This Thursday night (16/01), the first block of shorts will include a diverse range of award-winning titles such as Arman Fayyaz’s Manicure (pictured above), focused on the tragic suicide of an intersex woman in a small Iranian village. After her death, her grieving husband is left to deal with the violence and intolerance of the locals.
Saturday night (18/01) will see the second block of shorts headlined by Arman Khansarian’s Tehran Film Festival hit, Elephant’s Shadow – where a woman convinces a friend to temporarily be her partner in order to please her dying father. This emotional tale has captured audiences all around the world, and has since reached critical acclaim.
The 9th Iranian Film Festival will take place in Prague from January 15th – 19th in cinemas Kino Svetozor, Bio OKO and Screenshot cinema and bar.
For tickets and full programme details, visit the official website.