2 Signs Asian premiere International premiere National premiere World premiere Regional premiere Interfaith Prize Award First Film Award Director Of Photography A.P. Int.p. N.P. W.P. R.P. IFA F.F.A. DOP Catalogue of 36th Fajr International Film Festival Festival Director: Reza Mirkarimi Supervisor: Kayvan Kassirian (Media Manager) Editor-in-chief: Somayeh Alipour With Special Thanks to: Amir Esfandiari, Kamyar Mohsenin, Hosein Eidizadeh Translators: Lida Sadrololamaei, Soroush Shokoueipour, Hafez Rohani, Kiana Hoseini, Anisa Raufi, Sona Bazazian, Visan Fooladi Editor: Sheyda Mohammad Taher With the Help of: Farzan Mohajerani, Masoumeh Alipour, Mohammad Mehdi Dorosti, Nastaran Amir Abdollahian, Tandis Tabatabaei Art Manager: Hamidreza Baydaghi Graphics: Afshin Ziaeian Alipour, Leili Eskandarpour Print Supervisor: Mehrdad Haji Hassani Printing: Derakhshan
3 Message of Head of Iranian Cinema Organization 4 Message of the Festival Director 5 About 35th Fajr Film Festival 7 Rules and Regulations of 36th Fajr Festival 11 Juries 15 International Competition 29 Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries 75 Festival of Festivals 121 Docs in Focus 137 Special Screenings 151 Classics Preserved 181 A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 193 A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 201 Magic Latern 207 Broken Olive Trees 221 The 7th Hour 235 German Short Films 247 Special Events 257 Special Guests / Workshops 267 Organization 285 Index 295 Table of Contents
4 Message of Head of Iranian Cinema Organization 4 In the Name of God Iran's prestigious cinema in the upcoming era should take a firm leap towards getting a fair share of global market. What distinguishes Iran's cinema is its commitment to morality, family, religion, and impenetrability. Focusing on these themes, the Fajr International Film Festival has become a gathering spot for movies from around the globe dealing with the same subjects. Sophisticated policymaking and a more integrate artistic approach, earned the trust of those who we know as great figures in todays cinema and is yet to make progress each year. Iranian Cinema has always been inspiring and its time for presenting a leading and influential international festival. Diversity is our main goal in choosing the selection of movies presented in FIFF and this make us believe that currently the FIFF is our most promising cultural event. We hope this festival paves our way to attract more audience around the world. And this would not be possible without the willpower of young and creative filmmakers alongside the achievements of the pioneers in this 120 years. Mohammad Mehdi Heydarian Deputy Minister of Iranian Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs
5 Director s Message In the Name of God HERE IS THE FRIEND S HOME Seeking new friends for the poetic and renowned Iranian cinema, in the third year of my activity as FIff's director, in the new framework we devised for the festival, there are some achievements which must be pointed out to underline our goals and views in regards to the biggest artistic and cultural event in the country and one of the oldest ongoing film events in the ancient continent of Asia. As a matter of fact, all of us believe that artistic international festivals are citadels for the nations to resist against the unilateral and commercial misinterpretation of the vague concept of Globalization. In other words, festivals are protected realms for the survival of numerous cultural genres and multiplication of independent and protesting voices. Undoubtedly, Fajr International Film Festival does not limit itself to a certain geographic region, but in its interrelations, the festival develops its cooperation with the countries and filmmakers sharing common roots, traditions and values. Moreover, giving a more careful look into the geographic area we live in, we have realized that a lot of the films originated from the rich national cultures and subcultures in our region are not seen and reflected in the world deservedly. To this end, with meticulous observation of the quality productions in the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasia and Anatolia, FIff is a unique event to showcase breathtaking and groundbreaking discoveries from our region. FIff is also a unique meeting place for the cineastes of the region to negotiate and exchange their experiences with global film professionals. For this reason, workshops and masterclasses in the Talent Campus, the Universities and the FIff Fan Club, and of course the coincidence of the Film Market are of immense importance. Every year there are approximately 400 international guests and over 200 films participating in this prestigious event in order to boost the knowledge exchange with Iranian filmmakers, university students, lecturers and cinephiles. Reza Mirkarimi- Director of Fajr International Film Festival 5
6 Festival Director Reza Mirkarimi Festival Director 6 Reza Mirkarimi (Born in 28 January, 1966, Tehran) is a graduate of Graphic Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Tehran. He began his career in cinema as director, writer and producer in 1987 with a short film and two TV series. His directorial debut, the feature-length movie The Child and The Soldier (1999), won national and international awards, including the Golden Butterfly at the 1999 Isfahan International Children and Youth Film Festival, Iran; the Montgolfiere d Argent at the Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes, France in 2000; and the Golden Shoe at the Children and Teenagers Film Festival, Zelin, Croatia in It was released in France in His second feature, Under the Moonlight (2000), dealing with social and religious issues, won the 40th International Critics Week Best Feature Award at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. It went on to win the Best Director Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2001, and the Golden Peacock Award at the International Film Festival of India. Mirkarimi has so far won seven Golden Simorgh awards at the Fajr Film Festival. Three of his films were selected as Iran s representative for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars: So Close, So Far (2005), A Cube of Sugar (2011), and Today (2014). His fourth and fifth feature films, As Simple as That (2007) and Daughter (2016), won the Golden George Award for Best Picture at the 30th and the 38th Moscow International Film Festival respectively. Mirkarimi has served as jury in a number of international film festivals, including Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), Tokyo International Film Festival (Japan), Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia), Bogota International Film Festival (Colombia), and as jury president at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival. He was elected twice as director of the House of Cinema by the Alliance of Iran s Motion Picture Guilds. As festival director, Mirkarimi has been managing the behind-the-scenes logistics of the Fajr International Film Festival by working with vendors, artists, officials, and on-site staff since 2015, an annual event that gives an initial and equally special welcome to both the world s greatest film artists and emerging talents.
7 About 35th FIFF
8 35th FIFF at a Glance 8 35th FIFF at a Glance 35th FIFF culminated festively with the Award Ceremony on April 28th, 2017 in Tehran, after seven days of a cinematic gathering directed by Reza Mirkarimi. From screening a number of films in and out of competition, to workshops, Q & A sessions and Film Market, FIFF tried to present a thorough collection for its attendants. Festival poster was designed based on a frame by Abbas Kiarostami, late prominent Iranian filmmaker. Charsou Cinema Complex was the main venue of 35th FIFF. Sections Over the seven days of FIFF, various official and parallel sections of the Festival made it possible for the viewers to make many cinematic discoveries. Official sections of the festival included: Cinema Salvation (International Competition), Eastern Vista (Panorama of films from Asian and Islamic Countries) and Festival of Festivals and Parallel sections: Restored Classics, Docs in Focus and Special Screenings. 15 features, including 3 entries from Iran competed in Cinema Salvation along with 15 Short Films with 3 entries from Iran. In Eastern Vista, another competition section focused on new voices in Asian and Islamic Countries, 15 features and 15 short films were screened including 6 Iranian movies. In Festival of Festivals, 15 non-iranian features and in Special Screenings 11 features with 2 films from Iran were screened. 13 documentaries, 10 restored classics,7 Korean features and 7 movies from Baltic cinema were screened as a retrospective and also Shadows of Horror with 7 features was a special parallel section of 35th FIFF. As an International Film Festival in the Middle East, FIFF feels an obligation to bring its viewers attention to war documentaries and
9 cinema of resistance. In this regard FIFF screened 10 features in a section called Broken Olive Branches, all of which are exploring the depth of war effects in the Middle eastern countries. 35th FIFF was held a few months after the passing of Abbas Kiarostami, acclaimed filmmaker and photographer. In his memory, Take Me Home his last movie was screened in a special event dedicated to the great filmmaker and also a number of panels and roundtables discussing his filmmaking career were held. Darolfonon, Fan Club and Workshops In its second year at the FIFF, the talent Campus better knows as, Darolfonon was successfully held with the purpose of introducing young filmmakers to different aspects of Iran s new cinema, the development of education for the newcomers and future filmmakers, making a platform for Iranian filmmakers to get in touch with influential figures in cinema all around the world as well as spotting talents among younger generations in regional level. FIFF Fan Club which has been set up to create a proper chance for filmmakers, students, critics and general public to follow their interests, played a significant role in informing and assisting guests and attendants during the seven days event. An extremely well run collection of workshops with the presence of prominent Iranian and foreign filmmakers was one of the most appealing programs of the 35th FIFF. Workshops within the festival were a chance for students to develop discussions with instructors such as Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Bahman Farmanara, Kim Ji-seok, director of south Korea Busan Film Festival, Teddy Chen, Brice Cavin, Yeshim Ustaoglu. 9 Film Market Film Markets are one of the most vital parts of every international film festival. The same applies to the 35th Fajr International Film Festival, which held the 20th Fajr Film Market in a convenient and business-friendly environment inside the main venue. The design of the pavilions inside the Charsou Cinema Complex was one of the privileges of this market. 50 pavilions made this annual industry gathering an opportunity for Iranian companies, and foreign buyers, sellers, producers, distributors and financiers to find new ways of cooperation. Alongside the main Film Market, FIFF runs a complementary section entitled Video Library which is an archive of Iranian films produced between Video Library is a platform for Iranian filmmakers and producers to reach out to international distributers and therefore make developments in finding new markets for Iranian short, documentary, animated, experimental and feature films and marketing to the benefit of the producers. All of the works presented in this section are available for viewing purposes only in form of streaming for distributers, filmmakers and international guests in Festival venue via internal servers. Juries Two out of seven members of jury members of the official competition and Cinema Salvation Sections, were Iranian, and the others were international guests. Five jury
10 35th FIFF at a Glance 10 members were set to decide the best film in Asian Competition including four international juries. And two foreign guests alongside an Iranian member served as the juries of Netpack and Interfaith Competition section. Jury Members of Cinema Salvation: Florian Gallenberger (Germany), Jessica Woodworth (USA), Lech Majewski (Poland), Mieko Harada (Japan), Uberto Pasolini (Italy), Fatemah Motamed-Aria (Iran), and Rasoul Sadrameli (Iran). Jury Members of Eastern Vista: Hamida Omarova (Azerbaijan), Omirbaev Darezhan Karazhanovich (Kazakhstan), Zeki Demirkubuz (Turkey), Nejib Ayed (Tunisia), and Kamal Tabrizi (Iran). Jury Members of Interfaith Competition: Michał Legan (Poland), Katia Malatesta (Italy), and Hojatollah Ayoubi (Iran). Jury Members of Netpack: Anne Demy-Geroe (Australia), Rolando B. Tolentino (Philipines), and Houshang Golmakani (Iran). Award Winners Cinema Salvation: Golden Simorgh for Best Film and 400,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran Silver Simorgh for Best Director and 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: Ivan D. Gaona, Guilty Men, Colombia Silver Simorgh for Best Script 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran Silver Simorgh for Best Actress and 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: Margita Gosheva, Glory, Bulgaria Silver Simorgh for Best Actor and 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: Stefan Denolyubov, Glory, Bulgaria Silver Simorgh, Special Jury Prize Art Direction and Cinematography: Zhu Jinjing (Cinematography), Wang Tou (Art Director), Mr. No Problem, (China, France) Silver Simorgh for Best Short Film and 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize: Online Shopping, Ghasideh Golmakani, Iran Eastern Vista: Best Asian Film (200,000,000 Rials Cash Prize): Returnee, Sabit Kurmanbekov, Kazakhstan Best Asian Director (100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize): Shahrbanoo Sadat, Wolf and Sheep, Afghanistan/Denmark/France/Sweden Best Asian Short Film (50,000,000 Rials Cash Prize): Not Yet, Arian Vazirdaftari, Iran Muhammad Al Ameen Award The award with 100,000,000 Rials Cash Prize went to Babaei, Mozaffar Hosseinkhani Hezaveh, Iran. NETPAC Award The award with 50,000,000 Rials Cash Prize went to The Home, Asghar Yousefinejad, Iran
11 Rules & Regulations 11 Fajr International Film Festival Rules & Regulations Article 1- Aims Set in the heart of Iran s capital city Tehran, Fajr International Film Festival pays tribute to quality local and international films. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and showcases films promoting artistic contribution to the medium. Moreover, the festival also pays special attention to films that seek justice, defend the oppressed and underline humane and moral values. The festival focuses especially on films from the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasus and Anatolia as well as works heralding peace and friendship as true teachings of the holy prophets. Moreover, Fajr International Film Festival provides a unique platform in this geographic region for an interchange of professional experience and international meetings. In addition, intensive training courses are offered to young filmmakers. At the same time, the International Film Market, better known as IFM provides an excellent opportunity for the acquisition and sales of film rights, co-production projects and offers support for the production and screening of new Iranian films. The 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held from April 19th to 27th, 2018 in Tehran, under the direction of well-known Iranian filmmaker, Mr.
12 Reza Mirkarimi. Rules & Regulations 12 Article 2- Eligibility and Formats The world premiere films are of high priority. Accepted formats: Non-encrypted DCP, Apple ProRes 4444 or Full HD File (plus a bluray backup) with English subtitles. Date of completion: Date of Completion for special screening films, midnight screenings, and documentaries: Eligible films for Main Sections: Feature films (fiction, documentary, animation) of at least 70 minutes running time, intended for theatrical release. Short films (fiction, documentary, animation) of at most 15 minutes running time. All films have to be registered at online film entry in the festival website ( com). The submission form must be completed by the producer or international distributor of the film. In case of any international screening, Iranian films will not be included in the main sections of the festival. International films, already premiered in the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasia and Anatolia (with the exception of the country of origin), will not be selected for the main competitive section. In case of submission in previous editions, the film is not eligible to be submitted again. Article 3- Selection Process and Programming The Festival Director selects and officially invites films to participate in the festival. The Festival Director might use the consultation and recommendations of filmmakers and film experts for the selection and invitation of the films and guests. All films submitted to the festival may be considered for all sections unless specifically instructed by the applicant. The duly completed online entry form with tracking code as well as the previewing versions for selection must reach the Festival Office through the website before the assigned deadline (March 1st, 2018). All forms must be signed by the producer. Fajr International Film Festival Address: No. 2454, Ehteshami St., Near Saai Park Valiasr St., Tehran, Iran Postal Code: Tel: / / The eligible formats for previewing and selection purpose are downloadable links, DVDs or blu-rays. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme. Article 4- Programmes Festival sections include: Main Sections: International Competition
13 Eastern Vista (Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries) Festival of Festivals Parallel Sections: Restored Classics. Docs in Focus. Special Screenings (retrospectives and memorials) Magic Lantern (midnight screenings of innovative genre films) Broken Olive Branches (a window to the changes in the world of Islam today) Retrospective of National Cinemas Special Events Darolfonoun (Talent Campus for Iranian, Regional and World Young Filmmakers) Student Lab (in Universities) Workshops and Seminars Tributes Article 5- International Competition There will be at most 15 feature films for inclusion in this section. No more than 3 Iranian feature films will be included in International Competition. There will be a maximum of 15 short films for inclusion in this section. No more than 3 Iranian short films will be included in International Competition. Article 6- Juries International Jury: The festival will designate at least five jury members for the International Competition. Asian Film Awards Jury: The Festival Director will appoint at least three jury members amongst international cineaste and film experts for the Asian Film Awards. Note: The Award Nominees will be selected from all the films reflecting Asian culture and lifestyle in Asia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Anatolia, included in the Competition and Panorama sections. Other Juries: For additional awards, the Festival Director may designate other members. Note: Individuals that have direct ties with the production or exploitation of a film are not to be on the Jury team. Rules & Regulations 13 Article 7 Awards Feature Films in International Competition: Golden Simorgh for Best Film (awarded to the film director) + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director) Silver Simorgh for Best Director + Iranian Rials Cash Prize Silver Simorgh for Best Actress + Iranian Rials Cash Prize Silver Simorgh for Best Actor + Iranian Rials Cash Prize Silver Simorgh for Best Script + Iranian Rials Cash Prize Silver Simorgh for Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories of camera, editing, music score, costume or set design + Iranian Rials Cash Prize
14 Rules & Regulations 14 In the verdict of International Jury, the prize list must not contain joint awards and no film can receive more than two awards. Short Films in International Competition: Silver Simorgh for Best Short Film + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (awarded to the film director) Asian Film Awards: Trophy for Best Asian Film (awarded to the film director) + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (jointly to producer and director) Trophy for Best Asian Director + Iranian Rials Cash Prize Trophy for Best Asian Short Film + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (awarded to the film director) Note: In the verdict of Asian Film Awards Jury, the prize list must not contain joint awards and no film can receive more than one award. Best First Film Award: Trophy for Best First Film+Iranian Rials cash prize (awarded to the director) Muhammad Al-Ameen Award for Reflection of Prophetic Ethics and Morality (for one of the films selected for the main sections of the festival): Trophy + Diploma of Honor + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (awarded to the film director) Other Awards: Inter-Faith Award + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (awarded to the film director) NETPAC Prize + Iranian Rials Cash Prize (awarded to the film director) (NETPAC stands for Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema ) The payment of Cash Prizes will be based on the currency rates available during the festival period. Article 8 Documentation Complete documentation for each selected film is to be made available to the Film Department when required. All the needed documents are mentioned in the online film entry. Article 9- Acceptance of Terms and Conditions The Festival Director will settle any case that might arise unexpectedly. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned rules & regulations. Article 10 Key Dates Online Submission Opening Date: November 1st, 2017 Online Submission Closing Date: March 1st, 2018 Deadline for Receipt of the Previewing Materials: March 5th, 2018 Festival Dates: April 19th to 27th, 2018 Fajr International Film Festival Address: No. 2454, Ehteshami St., Valiasr St., Tehran, Iran Postal Code: Tel: / / Website:
15 Dimitri Athanitisr Giovanni Spagnoletti Joanna Kos-Krauze Milcho Manchevskir Mahmoud Kalari Adoor Gopalakrishnan Merila Zarei International Competition Jury Ammar Jamalr Farhad Aslani Suhan Pansha Salome Demuria Ahmet Boyacioglu Thomas Kroll Valerie De Marnhac Mohammadreza Zaeri Andreas Ungerböck Raman Chawla Habib Ahmadzadeh First Film Jury Netpack Jury Asian Award Jury Interfaith Prize Jury Viera Langerova Barmak Akram Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar Juries
16 International Competition Jury 16 Dimitri Athanitisr is a film director born in Athens, where he studied cinema and architecture. His last film Invisible (2016) gained 14 Awards, screening at more than 40 festivals. His first film Addio Berlin (1994) gained Jury s Prize and Critic s Mention at Thessaloniki IFF for his innovating style while his second feature No Sympathy For The Devil (1997) was nominated for Golden Alexander and gained the Best Actress Award in TIFF. Other films of his are An Athens Summer Night Dream (1999), a modern adaptation of Shakespeare s play, Shots (2001) a fiction on millennium which the Australian critic Bill Mousoulis chose among the ten best films in the world for 2001 in Senses of Cinema. He is also writer and producer of his films. His first book Secret Encounters (2017) was published a few months ago, while his video installation in progress Athens Underground ( ) is presented in various art galleries. Giovanni Spagnoletti Born in Milan, in 1949, studied in Rome and at the Freie Universität in Berlin and received a degree in German studies at the roman university La Sapienza with the maximum grade. Since 1991 he has taught Cinema and Criticism at La Sapienza and since November 2000 has been Professor of Cinema and Criticism at Rome s Tor Vergata University. Furthermore, he edited two series of cinema books and contributed several articles for magazines and cinema reviews. For German TV he co-directed a documentary on Bernardo Bertolucci ( From Parma to Peking, 1989). He was a consultant for many Italian (Salsomaggiore, Taormina, Turin and Venice) and German film festivals (Berlin Forum, Munich). Since 1997 he has been the editor of the cinema review Close Up (30 issues until 2011) and since 1998 of the web magazine Close-Up.
17 International Competition Jury Joanna Kos-Krauze is one of the most important directors in contemporary Polish cinema. She has received over two hundred Polish and international awards for films which she co-directed: My Nikifor, Saviour Square, Papusza, Birds Are Singing in Kigali. She graduated in Polish and Hebrew studies, but even back then she was interested in film. Meeting Krzysztof Krauze, one of the most important Polish filmmakers, was a groundbreaking moment in her creative biography. In 1996, she collaborated with him on Street Games, a thriller dealing with influence of socialist Poland s secret service on the 1990s reality. She came up with the idea of My Nikifor. The film received awards in Karlovy Vary including ones for the best film and best director. Her subsequent films Saviour Square, Papusza, and Birds Are Singing in Kigali have been well received by critics, audience and film festivals. Milcho Manchevskir acclaimed director of Before The Rain which considered one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema and one of the most important films of the decade. The New York Times included it on its Best 1,000 Films Ever Made list. It won the Golden Lion in Venice, Independent Spirit, an Academy Award nomination and 30 other awards. Manchevski s work which also includes the award-winning features Dust, Shadows, Mothers, Bikini Moon and the award-winning short forms The End of Time, Thursday, Macedonia Timeless, Tennessee and 1.73, and an episode of HBO s The Wire Roger Ebert said, Work like this keeps me going. A reminder of the nobility that film can attain. He has also written books of fiction and essays, published books of photographs and staged performance art. He teaches film directing. 17
18 International Competition Jury 18 Mahmoud Kalari was born on April 31, 1951 in Tehran, Iran. After completing photography courses in New York and Sigma Photo News Agency, he held his first photo exhibition titled Visit with People Around Us at Tehran University in A few years later he started working in Paris based Sigma Photo News Agency. Kalari moved back to Iran and from 1982 to 1984 worked as the supervisor of the Tehran National TV Photography Unit and attended Tehran University as a guest lecturer in photojournalism. Kalari started his career in 1984 as the cinematographer of Jadehays Sard (1985) (Frosty Roads) for which he won the Best Cinematography award at Tehran s Fajr International Film Festival. He has worked with some of the most critically acclaimed Iranian movies such as Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi) and A Separation (Asghar Farhadi). He won the Mar del Plata Film Festival award for The Cloud and the Rising Sun (1998) which was his directorial debut. Adoor Gopalakrishnan born in 1941, is one of the leading luminaries of the New Indian Cinema, he has written and directed twelve feature films. Has paritcipated in all major film festivals round the world. International Film Critics Prize has gone to him six times successively. National award for best director five times. BFI award for the Most Original and Imaginative film of 1982 for Elippathayam (Rattrap), French Govt s Legion of honour : Commander of the order of Arts & Letters (2004), Dada Phalke Award - India s highest national honour for cinema (2005). India s top civilian honour Padma Vibhushan(2006). Major retrospectives of his films include those at the Smithsonian in Washington, Cinematheque in Paris, Lincoln Centre- New York, Fribourg, Lyons, Ljubljana, Munich etc. He has served on the juries of Venice, Singapore, Hawaii, Fribourg, Alexandria, New Delhi, Sochi, Shanghai, Dubai, Cairo, Valladolid, Goa.
19 International Competition Jury Merila Zarei born in 1974 in Iran. She is a graduate of Azad University of Tehran. She started her acting career in TV in 1994 in Detective and her first feature film as an actor, in Patak (Ali Asghar Shadravan). She received the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress in a supporting role for The Friday's Soldiers (2005, Masoud Kimiai), from the 22nd Fajr International Film Festival. She is also won Best Actress for her role in Track 143 (Narges Abyar) from 32nd Fajr. Over the years, she has worked with acclaimed Iranian directors such as Reza Mirkarimi (Daughter), Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly), Ebrahim Hatmikia (Che, Bodyguard, Invitation), Abbas Kiarostami (Shirin) and Tahmineh Milani (Two women, The Fifth Reaction). 19
20 Asian Award Jury 20 Ammar Jamalrwas born in 1967, Baghdad, Iraq. For 22 years he worked as a Cinematographer and made a number of long and short feature films. He graduated in Cinematography from German Academy for Cinema, Botstam at 1997 and passed Lenses training course in Fujinon, Tokyo. He was the Camera man for many Documentary films inside and outside Iraq and he was also worked as the camera man in the forbidden areas in Iraq for number of News channels (Al-Jazeera, CNN of Turkey, CNN of Spain, British channel 4, Russian Governmental channel, TV of France). He was the camera man of documentaryies made by a number of Iraqi production companies and the camera man in a Documentary about Iraqi Music(2007). He works as DOP and lighting in the movie My Home On Google Earth directed by Dunia Qabbani (2007). He served as a jury member in several international film festivals in Iraq. Farhad Aslanirborn in 1966 in Kordestan, Iran, studied acting and directing of theatre in Niavaran Cultural Center. He started acting on stage in 1978 and worked in radio theatre in He appeared in Neighbors, a popular TV show back in 1993 for the first time and in 1995 started hic career as an actor in cinema with Rakhshan Bani Etemad in The Blue Veiled. Aslani won Crystal Simorgh for his roles in Private Life, Khers and I m a Mother in Fajr Film Festival in In 2011, Aslani appeared on TV after a long time with the role of Ibn Ziyad in Mokhtarnameh. For his exquisite performance in Daughter by Reza Mir-Karimi, he won the Best Actor Award in Moscow International Film Festival (2016), the IFFI Best Actor Award in 47th Goa International Film Festival and Best Actor ward of Batumi International Film Festival.
21 Asian Award Jury Suhan Pansha Born in Johore Baru, first sawof a movie projector at the age of four, when his father brought home a discarded hand wound 35mm projector powered by torchlight and a roll of film for his four children to play with. Years later, while in Kluang Pansha started a film distribution company Malaysian Arts Corporation and bought a couple of Tamil movies and gave it on distribution basis to Singapore based company called Indian Film Combine Pte Ltd (IFC). Though the movies did not fare well at the box office Pansha was given the task of running the new office of IFC in Kuala Lumpur. From there he went on to set up his own business under the banner of Suhan Agencies. It lasted for only few years. Pansha Film Production was launched in 1985 to produce movies and the name was subsequently changed to Berjaya Film Production and is now an ongoing entity. Pansha is still active in the local movie industry and leads several NGO s. Salome Demuriarborn in Abkhazia, Georgia, she exprerienced thc civil war in Georgia when she was young. In 2007 she graduated from Tbilisi State Theater And Film University in acting. After working in Gori dramatic theater for a few years, her first feature film came out Chaika directed by Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spanish - Georgian co-production. Since then she has performed in a numbe of movies such as Cholchu directed by Shamil Aliev, House of Other directed by Rusudan Gluejidze, 37 directed by Dito Tsintsadze. From 2013 till now she is one of the board members of Georgian Film Academy. 21
22 Asian Award Jury 22 Ahmet Boyacioglu (1953) Festival Programmer, Director and Producer. He graduated from Ankara University with a degree in medicine and worked 20 years as a general surgeon. He served on the executive committee of the Ankara Film Festival from 1988 to Since 1995 he has been the artistic director of the Festival on Wheels, as well as chairing the Ankara Cinema Association. Between 2005 and 2007, he took on the role of Turkey s national representative for Eurimages. In 2009, he co-produced the feature film Tales from Kars, which premiered in Rotterdam. He wrote and directed his first feature Black and White in 2010, which won the Special Award of the Jury at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, among other awards. He is the co-producer of Inside (2012), Nausea (2015) and Ember (2016), all directed by Zeki Demirkubuz. He directed his second feature The Smell of Money in He is a member of the European Film Academy. He was in charge of the Turkish Film Stands at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals from 2007 to 2017.
23 Interfaith Prize Jury Thomas Kroll born in 1958, lives in Berlin and works in Hamburg for the Catholic Church as Head of the division annunciation, missionary pastoral. He is also a life and business coach and a companion to film retreats. As a member of the Catholic Film Commission for Germany, he was President of Ecumenical Juries in Berlin, Locarno and Montreal. Numerous publications in the field of Film & Theology, his thesis was about Wim Wenders Wings of Desire: Wings of Desire secular mystagogy? Wim Wenders Feature Film as a Challenge for Practical Theology. Valerie De Marnhac Born in 1966, graduated from ESSEC (Business School) and holds a Master s degree in Management of Cultural Organizations from Paris Dauphine University. After 20 years in the press at commercial and then publishing positions, she now contributes to film reviews for the SIGNIS.net website and hosts film-debates for several associations. She was jury member for SIGNIS in several international film festivals such as Cannes and Fribourg. 23
24 Interfaith Prize Jury 24 Mohammadreza Zaeri, born in 1970 in Kerman, Iran, he graduated from Qom Seminary and got his PhD in Religious Studies and Master s of Islam and Christianity Relations from Saint Joseph University of Beirut. He has a long and successful career as a publisher and editor, over the years, he has been the editor in chief of Hamshahri Newspaper and publisher of a number of magazines. Along with his career as a religious lecturer, Zaeri has a specia l interest in cinema and has served in numerous national film and photography festivals as a jury member. He has also attended Bahram Beyzai courses in cinema and theatre series.
25 Netpack Jury Andreas Ungerböck Born in 1960 in Thomasberg, Austria. graduated in Theatre, film and journalism studies from the University of Vienna. Ph.D., thesis on the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Freelance journalist since He curated several retrospectives of Asian Cinema, such as Hong Kong in Motion (1990, 1991, 1995), Taipei Stories (1996), Korean Cinema (1998), Cinema Asia (2003), China Now (2004), Asia 3D (2013). From 1994 to 2002 he was the catalogue editor for the Viennale Film Festival. Selected publications: 2006 Spike Lee (Co-editor), 2009 Ang Lee (Co-editor), 2012 Real America (Co-editor), Josef Hader. Filme und mehr (2017). Currently, he is the co-publisher of the Austrian film magazine Ray which is Austria s second largest film magazine. Its deals with mainstream cinema but has also a strong focus on arthouse movies, TV series, DVD and blu-ray releases, film books and soundtracks. Raman Chawla has been associated with Cinema and Television for more than 30 years. First, through his 10 year tenure as Deputy Attaché (Film and Television) at the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in India and then as Chief Executive and Co- Founder of Modern Times, A creative Workshop for Cinema, Television and Theatre. Raman was Senior Vice President (The Film House) Osian s Connoisseurs of Art, organiser of the well known Osian s-cinefan, Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, founded by Aruna Vasudev. Raman was actively involved in programming, selecting and curating the films for Osian s Cinefan. Raman has been Executive Producer and Creative Producer of several TV documentaries and made in India for Television. He is associated with NETPAC and has served on NET- PAC juries at International Film Festivals in Rotterdam, Eurasia Film Festival, Black Nights Festival, etc. 25
26 Netpack Jury 26 Habib Ahmadzadeh born in 1963 in Abadan, is an Iranian author, scriptwriter and novelist, He graduated from Tehran Art University in Dramatic Literature and has a PhD from Tarbiat Modares University in Art Research. He started his career in cinema with Glass Agency as a script editor with Ebrahim Hatamikia in 1998 and won Iranian House of Cinema award for Best Screenplay for The Night Bus in Over the course of his career he has made a number of documentaries, and his latest The Best Statue in the World has won the Tehran Cinema Verite Festival award for best documentary in The Iran-Iraq War features heavily in his work, with observations of human existence and human interactions in wartime informed by his own wartime service.
27 First Film Jury Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar born in 1962, graduated in Movie Directing from Tehran University of Art. He started his career with writing, directing and acting and made a number of short 16 mm movies and documentaries. He directed his first feature, The Lost Half, in 1998 and three years later his second feature, Sugar Solution, made him a familiar name for critics and juries of festivals. The Child of Dust, which represents a touching image of the Iran-Iraq war won the best script award of Fajr film Festival and also was one of the big winners of Iran s House of Cinema Annual Award. Dreams Awakened 2010 and Queen 2012 showed a different side of its director s mind and won a number of awards in national festivals. Cypress Under Water, his latest movie premiered in Fajr National film festival and won a few awards including The Best Set Design, Best Cinematography, and Best movie from a National View. Barmak Akram was born in 1966 in Kabul. He is an Afghani filmmaker. Akram lives in Paris, where he studied fine arts. His first feature film, Kabuli Kid (2008), won several awards and has been shown at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013, he received the Best Screenplay award at the Sundance Film Festival for the film Wajma (An Afghan Love Story). He has also made experimental and documentary films, including Toutes Les Teles Du Monde (2009). 27
28 First Film Jury 28 Viera Langerova PhD Film critic, film lecturer, festival consultant, curator and programmer. She studied film and theatre theory in Academy of Arts (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Cultural Studies in Charles University (Prague, Czechia). She worked as an editor in Slovak and Czech film periodicals. After living in Kazakhstan and Pakistan she did her thesis on Asian cinema. She is the author of the books Film Geography: Continental China, Hongkong, Taiwan and the travelogue Urdu, Parda, Burka. Five years in Pakistan. She read the film lectures in Baltic Film and Media School, Tallinn University in Estonia. As a curator she was involved in Focus on Kazakh Cinema (1999) and Focus on Kurdish film (2013) for IFF Karlovy Vary. Now she works as a programmer for ART Film Fest Košice, Slovak Republic. She is a FIPRESCI member, juries on IFF Istanbul, IFF Hong Kong, IFF Golden Horse, Taiwan, IFF Dhaka, Bangladesh, IFF Schlingel, Chemnitz, Germany.
30 A Call To A Father 30 Writer & Director: Seric Aprymov Director of Photography: Seric Aprymov Editor: Aizhan Bisimbimova Music: Murzali Zheenbayev Sound: Ruslan Sakiev Cast: Zhiger Mirzabek, Aizada Satybaldieva, Erbolat Ospankulov Producers: Seric Aprymov Production Co.: MERADA Language: Kazakh Country, Year, Runtime: Kazakhstan min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
31 Seric Aprymov A.P. Director's biography and filmography Writer and film director, Seric Aprymov was born in Aul-Aksuat, Kazakhstan, in Merited Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, he is a member of Kazakhstan s Cinematographer s Union and of Russian NIKA Film Academy. He was awarded the Republic of Kazakhstan Parliament s 10th anniversary Jubilee Medal and entitled a 2003 Kazakhstan Film Director of the Year award at the Altyn Adam Man of the Year awards. Yerken is unlike his peers. He confuses reality with his imagination. His mother is desperate as public school typically doesn t admit these kinds of children. Nonetheless, he has the dream to attend a public school. When mother leaves the family, Yerken is left alone with his father. International Competition 31
32 32 AGA Director: Milko Lazarov Writers: Milko Lazarov, Simeon Ventsislavov Director Of Photography: Kaloyan Bozhilov Editor: Veselka Kiryakova Music: Penka Kouneva Sound: Johannes Doberenz Cast: Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova, Sergei Egorov, Galina Tikhonova Producers: Veselka Kiryakova, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille Production Co.: 42 Film, Arizona Production, Red Carpet Language: Yakut Country, Year, Runtime: Bulgaria, Germany, France min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
33 Milko Lazarov A.P. Director's biography and filmography Milko Lazarov Born in Bulgaria in 1967, he studied under Vladislav Ikonomov at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and later worked there himself as a lecturer in the film department. His debut feature film Alienation premiered at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice. Filmography: 2000 Roundabout; short film 2001 Erlkoenig; short film 2007 Hristo Botev; documentary Stefan Stambolov; documentary 2009 One Hundred Years of Solitude; documentary 2013 Alienation 2018 Ága Festivals & Awards Berlin film festival, Germany 2018 International Competition 33 Reindeer hunter Nanook and his wife Sedna live somewhere in the icy wastes of the north. Their daily life is arduous, but they never complain. Instead, they tell each other the old legends, and their dreams. No matter whether they are describing imaginary encounters with animals, humans, the living or the dead, everything has its meaning. Sedna is unwell, seriously ill in fact. Although she rubs home-made ointment on the part of her belly that is causing her so much pain, she knows she is dying. She would so much love to talk about Ága, the daughter who left the parental home years ago to work far away in a diamond mine. But Nanook won t broach the subject. He can talk about absolutely everything with his wife, about ghosts and about gods, but not about his own child. What will become of the old man when Sedna sets off on her journey into eternity? A rather special love story, set against the striking backdrop of the permafrost, that is also a study of speechlessness and an emotional hardening that can only be softened in the face of death.
34 Beyond the Clouds 34 Director: Majid Majidi Writers: Majid Majidi, Mehran Kashani Director Of Photography: Anil Mehta Editor: Hassan Hassandoost Music: A.R.Rahman Sound: Shajith Koyeri Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan, Gautam Ghose, GV Sharada, Dhwani Rajesh Producers: Shareen Mantri Kedia, Kishor Arora, Zee Studios Production Co.: Namah Pictures & Zee Studios Languages: English Hindi Country, Year, Runtime: India min
35 Majid Majidi IFA Director's biography and filmography Majid Majidi was born in 1959 in Tehran, Iran; started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films, notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf s Baykot (1986) where he played a frustrated communist and Ali Asghar Shadaravan s Teer Baran (1986) where he played the role of real life character, Andarzgoo. Later, he started writing and directing short films. His feature film debut as a scriptwriter and director Baduk (1992), was presented at the Quinzaine of Cannes and won awards at Tehran s Fajr Film Festival. Since then, he has written and directed many noteworthy films that won worldwide recognitions, notably Children of Heaven (1997), winner of the Best Picture award at the Montreal International Film Festival and nominated for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards, The Color of Paradise (1999), which also won the Best Picture award of Montreal International Film Festival and set a new record in box office for an Asian film, and Baran (2001), which won several major awards worldwide, notably the Best Picture award at the 25th Montreal World Film Festival, received nomination for the European Film Academy Award. International Competition 35 Festivals & Awards 2017: London Film Festival, Official Competition Teenager Amir is constantly dodging trouble while dealing with drugs in the underbelly of Mumbai. Following a drug bust, he evades the cops and ends up on the doorstep of his estranged sister Tara. Complications from concealing Amir land Tara in jail, but she still sees her brother as her only hope of living in the outside world again. While their lives have been darkened by despair, hope may shine from beyond the clouds.
36 Dovlatov 36 Director: Alexey German Jr. Writers: Alexey German Jr., Yulia Tupikina Director Of Photography: Łukasz Żal Editor: Sergey Ivanov, Darya Gladysheva Sound: Ivan Gusakov Cast: Milan Marić, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka Producers: Andrey Savelyev, Artem Vasilyev, Konstantin Ernst Production Co.: Message Film, Art&Popcorn, Lenfilm Languages: Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Russia, Poland, Serbia min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere
37 Alexey German Jr. R.P. Director's biography and filmography One of the most acclaimed and internationally rewarded Russian directors of young generation. German Jr. quickly established himself as an outstanding artist. His first film, Last Train, won Luigi De Laurentis award at International Film Festival in Venice 2003 and other awards; his second feature, Garpastum, was also shown two years later in Main Competition and other awards. Paper Soldier was also a big artistic success of German Jr.; it scored Silver Lion, as well as awards for directing and cinematography at IFF in Venice program in 2008, and other awards. A favorite of many international festivals, it became one of the best and most successful Russian productions of In 2015, Alexey German Jr. s film Under Electric Clouds received the Silver Bear of Berlin International Film Festival for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, Asia Pacific Screen Award. International Competition 37 Festivals & Awards Berlinale, Official Competition, 2018: Silver Bear Award for Oustanding Artistic Contribution, Germany Dovlatov charts six days in the life of brilliant, ironic writer who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70s Soviet Russia. Sergei Dovlatov fought to preserve his own talent and decency with poet and writer Joseph Brodsky while watching his Soviet artist friends getting crushed by the iron-willed state machinery.
38 Forty Seven 38 Writers & Directors: Ahmad Otraghchi, Alireza Ataallah Tabrizi Director Of Photography: Hashem Moradi Edit: Faramarz Hootaham Music: Sattar Oraki Sound: Ramin Abolsedgh Cast: Hamidreza Azarang, Mahdi Ahmadi, Ladan Mostofi, Rima Raminfar, Shaghayegh Farahani, Mohammad Reza Ghafari, Sheida Khaligh, Mehrnoosh Sattari Producer: Nahid Del Agah Country/Year/Runtime: Iran/ 2017/ 83 min PremiereStatus: World Premiere
39 Ahmad Otraghchi Alireza Ataallah Tabrizi Director's biography and filmography Ahmad Otraghchi: He was born in 1980, After graduating in Mining Engineering, he started taking courses in directing and screenwriting courses at one the most famous Iranian filmmaking center in In addition, Otraghchi started his career with working as writer, editor and director in Iranian TV shows. Alireza Ataallah Tabrizi: Born in 1981, after graduating in Electrical Engineering started to study filmmaking courses at Iranian filmmaking center in Story of three 47-year-old women who cross paths. W.P. F.F.A. NETPAC International Competition 39
40 Grain 40 Director: Semih Kaplanoglu Writers: Semih Kaplanoglu, Leyla Ipekci Director of photography: Giles Nuttgens Editor: Semih Kaplanoglu, Osman Bayraktaroglu, Ayhan Ergursel Music: Mustafa Biber Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Ermin Bravo, Grigory Dobrygin, Cristina Flutur Producers: Semih Kaplanoglu, Nadir Operli Production Co.: Kaplan Film Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden, Qatar min Premiere Status: Regional Premiere
41 Semih Kaplanoglu R.P. IFA Director's biography and filmography Semih Kaplanoglu was born in 1963 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a producer and director, known for Egg (2007), Honey (2010) and Angel s Fall (2004). He is one of the most acclaimed writer-director- producers of contemporary filmmaking in Turkey. He received BS in Cinema- Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in Kaplanoğlu made his debut feature in 2001 Away From Home, and he was awarded Best Director in Singapore IFF. In 2005, his second feature Angel s Fall received Best Film Awards in Nantes, Kerala and Barcelona Alternativa FF. His third feature Yumurta (Egg), which premiered in 2007 Quinzaine des Realisateurs, brought Best Director awards in Fajr IFF, Valdivia IFF and Bangkok World FF. The film received around 30 awards. In 2008 Süt (Milk) premired at the Venice IFF, and also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul IFF. His recent feature Bal (Honey) the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, winner of Golden Bear award in 60th Berlinale IFF, traces the origins of a soul. International Competition 41 Festivals & Awards 30th Tokyo Film Festival, Official Competition, Best Film Award, Japan th Adana Film Festival, Official Competition, 2017: Best director, Best art director, Best Music What is it that the two men are after in Dead Lands in an indefinite near future? Global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones in areas where the climate is relatively good. These cities are populated by the elites, corporation s executives, scientists, and those multi-ethnic immigrants who have been admitted after passing genetic compatibility tests. For unknown reasons, the city s agricultural plantations have been hit by a genetic crisis. In a meeting at the headquarters of the corporation which employs him, Prof. Erol learns of Cemil, a fellow scientist who wrote a thesis about the recurrent crisis affecting genetically modified seeds but the work was banned by the corporation. Erol sets out to find Cemil and finds him, who is searching for the remains of life.
42 Hattrick 42 Writer & Director: Ramtin Lavafi Director Of Photography: Morteza Hodaei Edit: Hayedeh Safi Yari Sound: Vahid Moghadasi Cast: Saber Abar, Homayoon Ershadi, Mahoor Alvand, Parinaz Izadyar, Amir Jadidi Producer: Majid Motalebi Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran/2018/92 min PremiereStatus: World Premiere
43 Ramtin Lavafi W.P. Director's biography and filmography Ramtin Lavafi, a graduate in the field of cinema, started his career with photography and making short films since high school. School, One Two Three Four, Beyond That Snowy Hill are some of his documentaries and short films that received many national and international awards such as Unica Award, Sydney International Film Festival award and Spain s Barcelona Film Festival award. He made his first feature film, Keep Calm and Count to Seven in With this film he was invited to more than fifty international film festivals and succeeded to receive the Tigerawards of Rotterdam in 2009 as well as the best film award of Spain s Valladolid International Film Festival, the best film award from the Roma Independent Film Festival, the Breakthrough Asian Filmmaker award of Shanghai Film Festival, Monotheistic Religions award of Fribourg International Film Festival and Best Cinematography award of Dubai Film Festival. Lavafi s second feature film, Berlin -7 was made with a German-Iranian cast and crew in Berlin. This film has been nominated in nine categories in Fajr International Film Festival and succeeded to receive three Simorgh awards besides receiving the Human Rights award of the international competition. Hattrick is the his third feature film. International Competition 43 There is a say that people do not change suddenly. But it is us who did not pay attention to them for quite long time
44 44 Little Tito and the Aliens Director: Paola Livia Randi Writers: Paola Randi, Massimo Gaudioso, Laura Lamanda Director of photography: Roberto Forza Editor: Desideria Rayner Music: Giordano Corapi, Fausto Mesolella Sound: Stefano Grosso Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Clemence Poesy, Luca Esposito, Chiara Stella Riccio Producers: Angelo Barbagallo, Matilde Barbagallo Production Co.: Bibi Film TV Languages: Italian, English Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
45 Paola Livia Randi A.P. Director's biography and filmography Paola Randi, director and writer was born in 1970 in Milano, known for Into Paradiso (2010), Little Tito and the Aliens (2017) and Giulietta della spazzatura (2003). Tito, a scientist who works on a secret project for the US government, has always been known as the legendary American Uncle by his nephews, Anita (14) and Little Tito (7). Become orphans, they get to Nevada to join Tito, but find a rather depressed professor, a desert and the secrets of Area 51. International Competition 45
46 Little White Lie 46 Writer & Director: Tomas Alzamora Director of photography: Jonathan Maldonado Editor: Tomás Alzamora, Roberto Doveris Music: Martín Schlotfeldt Sound: Sebastián Arjona Cast: Rodrigo Salinas, Ernesto Melendez, Catalina Saavedra Producer: Pablo Calisto Production Co.: Equeco, Sincrosonido Languages: Spanish Country, Year, Runtime: Chile min Premiere Status: Asian Premiere
47 Tomas Alzamora A.P. F.F.A. Director's biography and filmography Tomas Alzamora, director, screenwriter, DJ and rapper, better known as FOURD. His first approach to cinema was at seventeen years old, when he shot his first short film in France. A year later, in New Zealand, he recorded his first music videos. In 2010 he began his film studies in the University of Arts and Communication Sciences UNIACC, specializing in directing, cinematography and editing. In parallel he recorded videos for renowned Chilean artists such as Ana Tijoux, Joe Vasconcellos, Jonas Sanche, etc. Before even completing his studies he got recognition for the cinematography in 16mm for the short film Las Cosas Simples, Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. In 2017 he premiered at the Miami Film Festival La Mentirita Blanca, his first feature film. International Competition 47 Festivals & Awards Miami Film Festival, United States 2017: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award, Best Screenplay Premios Caleuche, Chile 2018: Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actress Due to the lack of events in a small rural town in the south of Chile, a failed journalist is forced to fabricate news to avoid losing his job. When he becomes the most popular journalist around, he will have to decide between continuing the lie and increase his fame, or tell the truth and risk losing it all.
48 Night Accident 48 Director: Temirbek Birnazarov Writers: Nurifa Umuralieva, Temirbek Birnazarov (based on The Old Man and the Angel by Talip Ibraimov) Director of photography: Kabyljan Khamidov Editor: Kulchoro Sydykov Music: Asylbek Ozubekov Sound: Kalybek Shernijazov Cast: Akylbek Abdykalykov, Dina Jakob, Bayish Ismanov Producer: Gulmira Kerimova Production Co.: Kyrgyzfilm Languages: Kirghiz Country, Year, Runtime: Kyrgyzstan min Premiere Status: Asian Premiere
49 Temirbek Birnazarov A.P. Director's biography and filmography Temirbek Birnazarov was born in 1968 and graduated from Almaty Institute of Theatre and Cinema, producer s department. Festivals & Awards Tallinn black nights film festival, Estonia 2017: Grand Prix of Best Film A 70-years-old man is driving a car being mad, and suddenly he runs down a young girl. Since that moment affectionate sentiments start to appear between them. International Competition 49
50 Song of Granite 52 Director: Pat Collins Writers: Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, Sharon Whooley Director of photography: Richard Kendrick Editor: Tadhg O'Sullivan Music: Delphine Measroch Sound: Sylvain Bellemare Cast: Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe Producers: Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk, Martin Paul-Hus Production Co.: Amerique Film, Harvest Films, ROADS Entertainment, South Wind Blows Languages: Irish, English Country, Year, Runtime: Ireland, Canada min
51 Pat Collins Director's biography and filmography Pat Collins, a native of Cork, has been making films since 1998 and now has more than thirty features, documentaries and short experimental films to his name. His filmography includes documentary works about writers Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John McGahern. He also co-directed a documentary about Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. In 2012 he turned out the feature film Silence, which had its international premiere at the London festival and was distributed by Element Films in Ireland and New Wave Films. Song of Granite is his second feature film. Festivals & Awards Karlovy vary International Film Festival, 2017 International Competition 53 This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century. The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience. Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
52 The Lost Strait 54 Writer & Director: Bahram Tavakoli DOP: Hamid Khozouie Abyane Editor: Meysam Molaei Music: Hamed Sabet Sound: Amir Hossein Ghasemi Cast: Javad Ezzati, Hamidreza Azarang, Amir Jadidi, Ali Soleymani Producer: Saeid Malekan Languages: Farsi Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min
53 Bahram Tavakoli Director's biography and filmography Bahram Tavakoli born in 1976 in Tehran, is a graduate of Theater and Scriptwriting from Tarbiat Modares University. He started his career with making short films and designing movie posters. He became a well-known director with his second feature Barefoot in Heaven (2007) which was critically approved. Here Without Me in 2011 and A Walk in the Fog (2010) was selected and awarded in a number of international film festivals. Festivals & Awards Fajr Film Festival, Iran 2018: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound Design, Best Visual Effects International Competition 55 On the very last days of the Iraq-Iran War, a group of Iranian soldiers from three generations are returning home. A serious attack on a strategic border area forces them to make a tough choice. Should they return home for a long awaited family reunion or head to the battlefields once again?
54 The Miner 56 Writer & Director: Hanna Slak Director of photography: Matthias Pilz Editor: Vladimir Gojun Music: Amélie Legrand Sound: Gabor Ripli Cast: Leon Lučev, Marina Redžepović, Boris Cavazza, Nikolaj Burger Producers: Siniša Juričić, Michel Balagué Languages: Slovenian, Bosnian Country, Year, Runtime: Croatia, Slovenia min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
55 Hanna Slak A.P. Director's biography and filmography Hanna Slak, Slovenian, born 1975 in Warsaw, based in Berlin, is a film director, multimedia artist and writer. She has written and directed feature films for the big screen (Blind Spot, 2001; Teah, 2007; Rudar, 2017), as well as documentary films and experimental shorts. She also creates video installations and video design for the stage. Her poems have been published in Slovenia, her short plays in English and German have been staged at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. Her films are screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, and others. Among the awards for her work are Best Director, Best Actor and Best Editing at the Festival of Slovenian Film for RUDAR; Silver Bear for Short Film for the experimental documentary Laborat (writer, editor, producer); Best Director at Sofia Film Festival, Best Actress (Manca Dorrer) at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and Don Quijote Prize at Cottbus Film Festival for feature film Blind Spot; Best Camera, Best Sound and Critics Award for Best Film at the Festival of Slovenian Film for children s feature film Teah. Her 3rd feature film RUDAR was the Slovenian entry for the 2018 Foreign Language Academy Awards (the Oscars). International Competition 57 Festivals & Awards Warsaw Itl. Fil Festival, Competition, Poland 2017: Special Mention, Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention Festival of Slovenian Film, Competition, Slovenia 2017: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editor Triest International FIlm Festival, Competition, Italy 2018: Young Audience Award The Miner is based on a true story of an immigrant miner in Slovenia, who in a sealed mine, deep underground, finds thousands of bodies of people thrown into a pit after WW2. He affronts the society by insisting to arrange a funeral for those unidentified victims, thus risking his job, the wellbeing of his family, and even his own life.
56 58 The Silent Revolution Writer & Director: Lars Kraume Director of photography: Jens Harant Editor: Barbara Gies Music: Christoph M. Kaiser, Julian Maas Sound: Stefan Soltau Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Jonas Dassler, Isaiah Michalski, Ronald Zehrfeld, Carina Wiese Producers: Miriam Düssel, Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktion Production Co.: Susanne Freyer, Akzente Film & Fernsehproduktion, ZDF, Zero One Film, STUDIOCANAL Film Languages: German Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min PremiereStatus: International Premiere
57 Lars Kraume Int.p. Director's biography and filmography Lars Kraume is one of the German filmmakers whose directing work has proved to be extremely versatile. He celebrated his first success with No Songs of Love, which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale In 2009 he staged the oppressive movie drama The Coming Days. Finally, his movie The People Vs. Fritz Bauer at the International Film Festival of Locarno in the summer of 2015, won the audience award. At the German Film Award 2016, he was honored with a total of six Lolas - including Best Film and Best Director. Festivals & Awards Berlin film festival, Germany 2018 International Competition 59 East Berlin, During a visit to the cinema in West Berlin, high school pupils Theo and Kurt see dramatic pictures of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest on the newsreel. Back at school in East Germany, they share the tragic untold news with their class and spontaneously hold 2 minutes of silence in solidarity with the young Hungarian victims during a lesson. But the gesture causes much bigger ripples than expected: the schoolchildren become objects of the political machinations of the fledgling East Germany. The People s Education Minister condemns the action as a clearly counterrevolutionary act and demands that the ringleader be named within a week. But the schoolchildren stick together, thus facing with a decision that will change their lives for ever
58 International Competition- Short films 60 Stefan Ivancic Stefan Ivancic (Yugoslavia, 1985) studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His short film Soles de primavera (2013) had its international première at FID Marseille and has been selected in Rotterdam, Torino, San Sebastian and Seville, among others. His film 1973 (2014) had its première at Visions du Réel and Moonless Summer (2014) was selected for the Festival de Cannes, Cinéfondation. His films have received a great number of national and international awards. A.P. A Handful of Stones Director: Stefan Ivancic Writers: Stefan Djordjevic, Andrijana Stojkovic DOP: Stefan Djordjevic Editor: Dragan von Petrovic, Milena Z. Petrovic Music: Nikola Jovanovic, Boris Mladenovic Sound: Jakov Munizaba Cast: Ognjen Zlatic, Igor Bencina, Nikola Stanulovic, Dubravka Kovjanic Producers: Mina Djukic Languages: Serbian Country, Year, Runtime: Serbia min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Belgrade Documentary and Short FF,: Best Director, Serbia; FeKK Ljubljana, Grand Prix, Slovenia; Film Front Novi Sad, Special Mention, Serbia; Basta Fest: Best Cinematography, Serbia Ivica is a 11-year-old kid who spends his days among friends, roaming around unexplored grounds of an industrial Serbian town. Bitter and disquieted, he s about to find out that today his parents are separating.
59 Denys Kushnarov Ukrainian filmmaker & journalist, born in Donetsk region, Ukraine. Graduated from lyceum Erudite with golden medal (specialization: Liberal Arts), Donetsk National University, specialization: Translator (German, English). Then changed everything & moved to Kyiv, won in the quiz show money, which helped him to graduate from TV-school. He worked as a printed journalist for travel magazines. After that started to work at the top Ukrainian TV-Channel as journalist & screenwriter. In 2015 started to shoot movies as a film director. W.P. Annihilation Director: Denys Kushnarov Writers: Denys Kushnarov, Roman Orlov, Denys Kushnarov DOP: Dmitriy Belyi, Volodymyr Bozhynskyi Editor: Volodymyr Bozhynskyi Music: Glen Gabriel Jansson Sound: Arthur Bondarchuk Cast: Denys Kushnarov Producers: Roman Orlov Production Co.: ParaDogs Production Languages: No Dialogue Country, Year, Runtime: Ukraine min PremiereStatus: World Premiere International Competition- Short films 61 What would You like to remember during Your last day? What would You like to remember during Your last day if you`re refugee? What would You like to remember during Your last day if you`re refugee from the Earth?
60 International Competition- Short films 62 Milena Dutkowska Graduated from the Department of Stage Design at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Faculty of Paiting). She is a director of three short films which have been screened in Poland and abroad. Currently in her third year of directing at the Katowice Film School (WRiTV). Bogdan and Rose Writer & Director: Milena Dutkowska DOP: Igor Połaniewicz Editor: Patrik Eriksson Music: Adam Sypka Cast: Maria Ciunelis, Jerzy Rogalski Producers: Milena Dutkowska Country, Year, Runtime: Poland min Festivals & Awards 2017: 57. Krakow Film Festival, Poland 2018: 10th Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, The Netherlands/ Trieste FF, Italy Bogdan and Rose are an old marriage. They have been living together in one room, working at the same schools canteen, but they don t speak to each other. Their live is filled with silence and daily reciprocal malice.
61 Charlotte McGowan-Griffin MCGOWAN-GRIFFIN studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College & 16mm filmmaking at AFECT (founding patron Mike Leigh). She participated in international fellowships and exhibitions with her sculptural and installation works, was the recipient of a UNESCO fellowship in 2003 & Pollock-Krasner Award in She is currently developing her directorial feature debut, which she is co-writing with Iranian writer Naghmeh Samini. W.P. Circular Madness Writer & Director: Charlotte McGowan-Griffin DOP: Leah Striker Editor: Carolina Hellsgard Music: Cecile Schott (as Colleen) Sound: Christoph Stahlhauer Cast: Anne Tismer, Alexandra Stewart (voice) Producers: Charlotte McGowan-Griffin Languages: English, German Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min PremiereStatus: World Premiere International Competition- Short films 63 Heidelberg Using only torn up bedsheets as her material, Marie Lieb makes enigmatic figures, patterns and signs on the floor of her psychiatric cell - and the result is mesmerising. Over a century later, an artist stumbles across photographs of these floor drawings and quickly falls under their spell.
62 International Competition- Short films 64 Ehsan Gharib Born in Arak, Iran, in 1983, Ehsan Gharib is a designer and photographer who studied at the Soroush film school in Tehran and at Concordia University in Montreal. He describes himself as a cineaste because his work combines photography, animation and filmmaking. Gharib has worked as a 3D artist, character animator, compositor and motion graphics artist on several award-winning animated shorts, including Oscar, directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre. Deyzangeroo is his first professional film and was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. N.P. Deyzangeroo Writer & Director: Ehsan Gharib Music: Habib Meftah Boushehri Sound: Olivier Calvert Producers: Maral Mohammadian Production Co.: National Film Board of Canada Languages: No Dialogue Country, Year, Runtime: Canada min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: DOKLeipzig- International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film/ Golden Dove (International Competition Short Animation Film), Germany Deyzangeroo influenced by the Bushehr s colonial rule by the British and Portuguese, and the African slaves that followed, it is imbued with the terror and magic of the lunar eclipse. The ritual is believed to ward off evil spirits and take back the moon.
63 Azadeh Moussavi Azadeh Mousavi, born in 1970 in Tehran, graduated in directing from University of Art. Discharged Writer & Director: Azadeh Moussavi DOP: Ashkan Ashkani Editor: Shahrooz Tavakol Sound: Mehrshad Malakooti Cast: Vahid Nafar, Nazanin Ahmadi, Giti Ghasemi Producers: Abbas Amini Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Festivals & Awards Tehran Short Film Festival, 2017 International Competition- Short films 65 A couple who have sold their infant are in a hospital waiting for the money to be transferred into their bank account. They pursue the matter from a nurse who has been the mediator of this deal and they realize that the buyer family has cancelled the deal
64 International Competition- Short films 66 Tatiana Fedorovskaya Director, Screenplay Writer, Actress, Artist Born on 23-SEP-1979 in Magnitogorsk, USSR. After graduation from the local University in 2004, moved to Moscow, where she started her actress and artist s career. She played lead characters in ten narrative films and TV series. Her paintings participated in several international exhibitions in Austria, Germany and Russia. Her Jewish painting series is permanently exhibited at Moscow Choral Synagogue. A.P. Faith Writer & Director: Tatiana Fedorovskaya DOP: Vladimir Egorov Editor: Leonid Davydov Music: Second Waltz by D.Shostakovich N.F.O.R. Conductor Vladimir Spivakov Sound: Rustam Medov Cast: Viktor Kruglyak Producers: Andrey Konchalovsky Production Co.: Andrey Konchalovsky Production Center Languages: Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Russia min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Wildrose Festival, De Moines: Best Screenplay, Best Student Unproduced Screenplay, United States; FLICKERS' Rhode Island IFF, Providence: Best Short, Best DOP work, United States; Golden Eagle Cinema Award: Best Short, Nomination, Russia An old widower, a former radio operator, perceives the flashing bulb as his late wife s messages. The love of his life will never die, even when the lights are gone.
65 Jacqueline Lentzou Born in Athens, Greece in 1989, she grew up in Thessaloniki. to become a film director after seeing Gus Van Sant's film Elephant. She graduated with a distinction from the London Film School in 2013 and participated in Berlinale Talents in Her work revolves around coming-of-age, loneliness, non-traditional family constructs, intimacy and dreams. She has directed several short films and a music video and is currently developing her feature film debut. A.P. Hiwa Writer & Director: Jacqueline Lentzou DOP: Konstantinos Koukoulios Editor: Smart Papaevangelou Sound: Leandros Ntounis Cast: Melchor Lopez Producers: Vicky Miha, Jacqueline Lentzou Languages: Tagalog Country, Year, Runtime: Greece min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere International Competition- Short films 67 In Jay s dream, Athens sun is so weak, you can look straight at it, without getting blind.
66 International Competition- Short films 68 Ladj Ly Ladj Ly is a director and actor, known for Les misérables (2017), Sheitan (2006) and Our Day Will Come (2010). R.P. Les Miserables Writer & Director: Ladj Ly DOP: Julien Verron Editor: Flora Voltepeliere Sound: Robin Bouet Cast: Damien Bonnard, Djibril Zonga, Alexis Manenti, Amara Ly, Boris Gamthety, Nizar Ben Fatma Producer: Christophe Barral Languages: French Country, Year, Runtime: France min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Almería International Short Film Festival: Best Art Direction; Brooklyn Film Festival; Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival; Cortogenia: Cortogenia Awar 2018: Palm Springs International Film Festival In the modern-day Parisian neighborhood of Victor Hugo s novel, a new transfer cop learns abusive policing practices of two veterans. When a young boy records them going too far, the community threatens to explode.
67 Mojtaba Mousavi Mojtaba Mousavi started his career in cinema almost a decade ago and since 2012 has been producing stop motion pictures and also working along with young filmmakers as an instructor. In 2012, he made Sound Recorder which has been selected and screened in different film festivals around the word. W.P. Mr. Deer Writer & Director: Mojtaba Mousavi DOP: Mojtaba Mousavi Editor: Mojtaba Mousavi Music: Shaheed Mostafafar Sound: Majid Davoudi Producer: Elahe Farnia Production Co.: Soureh Animation Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere International Competition- Short films 69 In an abandoned subway station, which looks like modern European Stations, humanity is lost
68 International Competition- Short films 70 Mahmoud Essa Mahmoud Essa: He is a filmmaker and online film critic based in Cairo, Egypt. His first documentary short, Emmanuel, was selected in the 34th BUFF International Film Festival in Malmo, Sweden & won the Special Prix at 3rd Des Arts. Youssef Hanafy: He is a visual effect supervisor and co-founder of Squids Visual Arts, a post-production company based in Cairo, Egypt. He worked on numerous Egyptian projects including features and TV series. His first foray in directing was through a number of commercials & music videos. Youssef Hanafy N.P. Red Velvet Writers & Directors: Mahmoud Essa, Youssef Hanafy DOP: Marco Michel Editor: Youssef Hanafy, Mahmoud Samir Music: Exist Strategy Sound: Abdel Rahman Mahmoud Cast: Asser Hany, Rana Haridy, Nancy Attallah Producers: Mahmoud Essa, Youssef Hanafy, Omar EL Halaway Production Co.: Haifong Collective Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Egypt min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017; 39th Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt; 15th International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools "Kinoproba", Russia; 2018, 11th International Children s Film Festival Bangladesh When Nancy suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in a morning, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her oblivious five years old son Asser.
69 Sina Salimi Sina Salimi is born and raised in Iran. Starting off in Animation and Fine Arts, he worked on several short narrative fiction and commercial projects before moving to Europe to continue his studies in film directing. He currently resides in Lisbon, where he works on his first feature film project. Int.p. Roof Knocking Director: Sina Salimi Writer: Lucas Abrahão DOP: Francesco Crivaro Editor: Ahmed Abdelrazek Music: Indrek Soe Sound: Indrek Soe Cast: Sameera Asir, Ahmed Abdelrazek, Alaa Zubaydi, Leila Ziyad Producer: Sergio Salazar Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Estonia, Portugal, Scotland, Mexico min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Festivals & Awards 39th edition, International Short Film, Youssef Chahine for the Best Short Film, Egypt 2017 International Competition- Short films 71 Gaza, mid-ramadan. A mother struggles to abandon her home as she receives a phone threat giving her 10 minutes to leave. What is lost when the bomb hits?
70 International Competition- Short films 72 Áron Horváth Aron Horvath was born in 1991, Slovenia. He was part of the Slovenian nation youth swimming team from 2003 to He graduated high school in Lendava and studied fine arts for three years in Ljubljana. After the third year he applied to AGRFT (Akademija za gledalisce, radio, film in televizijo) to studie film directing. The Domestic Fly Director: Áron Horváth Writers: Áron Horváth, Darko Sintic DOP: Darko Sintič Editor: Andrej Avanzo Music: Tibor Szloboda Sound: Martin Rajšter, Miha Rudolf Cast: Sandi Lopatec, Mara Vilar Producers: Jure Kreft and Darko Sintič Languages: Slovenian Country, Year, Runtime: Slovenia min An everyday routine of a lonely old lady is interrupted by an irritating housefly. An initial conflict between the two is soon replaced by a newly found friendship and grandma s days become filled with life and joy.
71 Michal Balško Michal Balško: Michal Blasko (1989, Bratislava) studies Film and television directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VSMU). His second year film at VSMU, "Strach" (Fear, 2015), was premiered at the 63rd San Sebastián International Film Festival and won several prizes Adam Mach: Adam Mach was born on July 6, 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic. He is a director, writer and director of photography. Adam Mach The Truck Writers & Directors: Michal Balško, Adam Mach DOP: Adam Mach Editor: Filip de Pina Sound: Ivan Ďurkech Cast: Peter Havási Producer: Ondřej Šejnoha Production Co.: FAMU Languages: Hungarian Country, Year, Runtime: Czech Republic min Festivals & Awards Warsaw International Film Festival, 2017 International Competition- Short films 73 An abandoned truck sits along the highway, parked by a forest, outside the parking lot. The license plate is foreign. The driver did all he could to prepare for this special journey, but some unexpected events occurred along the way.
72 International Competition- Short films 74 Mohammad Poustin Douz Mohammad Poustin Douz, has made two short films as a director, Always and In My World It s Not Sunny everyday and two documentaries A Normal Day and 57. Grey Umbrella Director: Mohammad Poustin Douz Writer: Mehdi Azizi DOP: Ali Hosseinzadeh Editor: Hassan Kouchaki Sound: Alireza Nekouna l Cast: Akbar Shafiei Producers: Mohammad Poustin Douz Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Festivals & Awards Tehran short Film Festival, 2017 A man goes on with his life, until someone comes along with an umbrella
74 3ft Ball & Souls 76 Writer & Director: Yoshio Kato Director of photography: Toshiharu Yaegashi Editor: Yoshio Kato Cast: Honoka Murakami, Minehiro Kinomoto, Kanji Tsuda, Shinobu Tsuji Producers: Yoshio Kato Language: Japanese Country, Year, Runtime: Japan min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere
75 Yoshio Kato R.P. Director's biography and filmography Born 1971 in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Chiyoda Technological Art Academy, he has been active as a director for TV series, TV commercials and Video Promotions. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with PLASTIC CRIME which was premiered at SKIP CITY International D-Cinema Festival. The film 3ft Ball & Souls marks as the second feature film for him. Festivals & Awards Tokyo film festival, Japan 2017: Audience Award A group of four decides to commit suicide using gigantic fireworks. But every time the fireworks explode, they find themselves back in time before they carried out the plan. Eastern Vista 77
76 Astigmatism 78 Director: Majid-Reza Mostafavi writers: Payam Karami, Majid-Reza Mostafavi Director of Photography: Roozbeh Rayga Editors: Bahram Dehghani, Mohammad Najarian Sound: Bahman Ardalan, Babak Ardala Music: Sohrab Pournazeri Producer: Majid-Reza Mostafavi Cast: Mahtab Nasirpour, Mohsen Kiaie, Baran Kosari, Niki Karimi, Mohammad Shakeri, Hadi Hejazifar, Siamak Safari, Hossein Pakdel, Behnoosh Bakhtiari Country, Year, Runtime: Iran Min Language: Farsi PremiereStatus: World Premiere
77 W.P. Majid-Reza Mostafavi NETPAC Director's biography and filmography Majid-Reza Mostafavi was born in Iran, He started his film career by editing and making short films. His first feature film Unripe Pomegranates (2014) was screened in the main competition sections of more than 10 international film festivals including Moscow 2014, Sao Paulo 2014, Fukuoka 2015, Zürich , and it was admired by FIPRESCI. Astigmatism is his second feature film. Mostafavi has always tried to deal with the forgotten class and the important but less seen events with a human theme in his films. A man has returned after a few years of separation from his family and wants to take back his house from his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. His son, who farms leeches in the basement and hopes to get rich by doing that, tries to reconcile his father with his mother to stay at home, but his mother intends to marry someone else. The grandson who is just 9 years old, falls in love with his teacher at school and this causes problems in both the boy and the teacher s family... Eastern Vista 79
78 80 Children of Genghis Writer & Director: Zolbayar Dorj Director of photography: Angarag Davaasuren Editor: Gantulga Urtnasan Music: Ulziibayar Shatar Sound: Ricardo Mejia Cast: Dorjsambuu Dambii, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Batmend Baast, Dorj Dambii, Batnairamdal Tsewegjaw, Brittany Belt Producers: Angarag Davaasuren, Altantsetseg Jarantai Production Co.: EFilm, Mongol Film Group Los Angeles Languages: Mongolian Country, Year, Runtime: Mongolia min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
79 Zolbayar Dorj N.P. Director's biography and filmography Born in 1972 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Director, producer, cinematographer and writer, he debuted in 1996, directing the film AMOUR. In the following years he worked as editor, cinematographer and director. He directed the films: One Night (1998), Ballad Of Crazy Love (2001), I Wish My Mother s Kiss (2002), Smell Of Water (2005), No Right To Die (2008), Three Meaningfull Heads (2011), Genghis Legend Of The Ten (2012), Children Of Genghis (2017). Festivals & Awards Mongolian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards; Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain: Special Mention in NETPAC Section, Best Cinematography Award in Cathy Pacific Awards, 2017 Giffoni Film Festival, Italy 2017 Asian World cinema, Los Angeles, USA 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada 2017 Eastern Vista 81 The Mongolian people from long ago have had a tradition of three cultural games that have always been around during the time of festivities. Mongolian wrestling, racing horses and archery were among the three traditional games. This story will focus on the horse racing tradition. The town s best horse race trainer Bold, has many people gathered at his house for a special announcement. Bold begins to brag about his horses and skills and how no one in town is better than him. Bold begins to talk about his most prized horse, the brown steed that still has yet to find its rider. After hearing this the townspeople recommend Dambii s eldest son Dorj to be the rider. Upon hearing this Bold decides to ask Dambii s son Dorj to be the rider for his horse.
80 Crested Ibis 82 Director: Liang Qiao Writer: Li Yong Director of photography: Huang Lian Sound: Hu Mai, Hao Cong Cast: Halyan Meng, Gao Zifeng, Zifeng Jhao, He Miao, Wan Peilu Producers: Duan Peng, Wing Binfeng Production Co.: Sunnyway Films Languages: Chinese Country, Year, Runtime: China min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
81 Liang Qiao A.P. Director's biography and filmography Qiao Liang, professor and postgraduate tutor of directing department in Beijing Film Academy. Major works in TV: Mother Will Marry, How to Save You My Love, Endless Love in Tokyo. Major works in cinema: Fly, Keelung, My Own Private Deutschland, Crested Ibis. Awarded by various film festivals many times. Festivals & Awards Moscow Film Festival (Main Competition): Golden St. George Prize Best Film (Liang Qiao) Cairo International Film Festival The story begins with Vince Kang, a reporter in Beijing, having to go back to his hometown to report a crested ibis, one of the national treasures found unexpectedly. During the process of pursuit and hide of the crested ibis, everyone s interest is revealed and the scars, both mental and physical were rip up. In addition, the environment pollution, an aftermath from China s development pattern, is brought into daylight. The story, from the perspective of a returnee, reveals the living condition of rural China and exposes the dilemma of humanity. In the end, Vince, the renegade, had no alternative but make a compromise with his birth land. Eastern Vista 83
82 Father and Son 84 Director: Dung Dinh luong Writers: Quy Kim Bui, Dung Dinh luong Director of photography: Dung Ly Thai Editor: Hao Thi Pham, Julie Beziau Music: June Lee Dong Sound: Minjoo Chung Cast: Quan The Ngo, Tan Trong Do, Hieu Van Ha Producers: Dung Chi Nguyen, Huong Thi Nguyen Languages: Vietnamese Country, Year, Runtime: Vietnam min PremiereStatus: Regional Premier
83 R.P. Dung Dinh luong F.F.A. Director's biography and filmography Dung Dinh Luong was born in 1973 and graduated from Master of Art of Cinematography at Hanoi Academy of Movie and theatre. Boat man (2007) one of his short films has received the Excellent Film Award in 29thTokyo International Film Festival. Red Happiness was another success for him as it was chosen to receive the Merit Award given by Vietnam Cinema Association and selectively screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in (2004). His very first feature film Father and Son has achieved a huge success in Vietnam and won numerous international awards. And also Father and Son was the representative of Vietnam as the country s entry in the Foreign-Language 90th Oscars. Festivals & Awards 6th USA Independent Film Festival: The Best Director Award / 26th Arizona International Film Festival: Best Foreign Feature Award / 15th Boston International Film Festival: Indie Spirit Best Storyline Award/ 17th Latin American Asian Pacific Film Festival: Best Feature Film/20th Vietnam Film Festival: Best Screenplay Eastern Vista 85 Moc is a rural river fisherman in Vietnam raising his son Ca in harmony with the land. Ca has a little yellow chick for a friend and enjoys running after airplanes in the sky every day, calling them birds from the city. When Ca falls ill, Moc must make the harrowing journey to the city with his son in order to seek treatment.
84 Khibula 86 Director: Giorgi Ovashvili Writer: Roelof-Jan Minneboo Director of photography: Enrico Lucidi Editor: Sun-Min Kim Music: Joseph Bardanashvili Sound: Sebastian Schmidt Cast: Lika Babluani, Hossein Mahjoob, Kishvard Manvelishvili, Nodar Dzidziguri, Zurab Antelava Producers: George Ovashvili, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille Production Co.: Alamdary Languages: Georgian, Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia, Germany, France min PremiereStatus: National Perimiere
85 George Ovashvili N.P. Director's biography and filmography George Ovashvili (b. 1963, Mtskheta, Georgia, USSR) graduated from the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theater (1996) and from the New York Film Academy filmmaking course at Universal Studios in Hollywood (2006). He is a director of both dramas and documentaries that he often produces. He has made a number of memorable shorts: Eye Level (Zgvis donidan / Mzeris doneze ) received an award at the Berlinale and the fest in Odense, both In 2009 KVIFF s East of the West Competition presented his feature debut The Other Bank (Gagma napiri, 2008); the film won almost 50 awards and was nominated for European Discovery of the Year by the European Film Academy. His second picture Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli, 2014) took the Crystal Globe for Best Film at KVIFF and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Eastern Vista 87 Festivals & Awards International Film Festival of India, 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2017 After being deposed in coup, the president of a newly independent country flees to mountains with a group of supporters sure that he will regain the power to lead his people.
86 Orduckly 88 Writer & Director: Behrouz Gharibpour Director of photography: Keyvan Motamedi Editor: Emad Khodabakhsh Music: Amir Behzad Sound: Morteza Aslan Cast: Shahrokh Forutanian, Hengameh Ghaziani, Ehsan Ameni, Jila Shahi Producers: Ali Hazrati Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere
87 W.P. Behrouz Gharibpour NETPAC Director's biography and filmography Behrouz Gharibpour was born in 1950 Sanandaj, Iran. He studied theatre at Tehran University and Dramatic Arts Academy of Rome and in 1981 directed his first short film. Detective his debut feature was made in 1988 and his second feature Lazy Hero in Gharibpour, who is mainly known for his solid works in theatre, has directed his third feature Orduckly after a 16-year break. He has also been the chief director of Bahman Cultural Center and Iranian Artists Forum. Orduckly s father who is a technician at the Tabriz Railway station is forced to move to Tehran to treat his wife who is suffering from a terminal illness. Once in Tehran, he registers his clever son at a private school without knowing he will be bullied because of his unusual name. Eastern Vista 89
88 Patio 90 Directors: Maryam Bahrololumi Writers: Maryam Bahrololumi, Hamed Ghasemi Director of photography: Masoud Amini Tirani Editor: Sina Ganjavi Music: Bamdad Bayat Sound: Ali Kianersy, Iraj Shahzadi Cast: Karim Amini, Behnaz Jafari, Mohaddeseh Heirat, Pouria Poursorkh, Babak Ansari, Hossein Maleki, Shaghayegh Farahani, Yasaman Torabi, Sahar Ghamkhar, Behrouz Ghaderi, Mohammadrasoul Safari Producer: Amir Seyed Zadeh Languages: Persian, Azerbaijani Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere
89 W.P. Maryam Bahrololumi F.F.A. Director's biography and filmography Maryam was born on 1985/Tehran-Iran. She has a degree in Art & studied in the field of Cinema at the Istanbul University of Turkey. She is an active Member of Tehran Association of Film Assistant Directors of The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds. She made a few short films too & received an Appreciation as a Short filmmaker from Parliament for Richmond Hill,Ontario on "Patio" is the first feature film made by Maryam Bahrololumi as a Director, Common Scriptwriter & Executive Producer. Story of people whose city, no matter how large, it feels like a small "Patio" for them! Eastern Vista 91
90 Pomegranate Orchard 92 Director: Ilgar Najaf Writers: Asif Rustamov, Ilgar Najaf, Roelof Jan Minneboo Director of photography: Ayhan Salar Editor: Elmir Hasanov Music: Furutdin Allahverdi Sound: Stephan Konken, Teymur Kerimov, Peter Rosner Cast: Gurban Ismayilov, Samimi Farhad, Ilaha Hasanova, Hasan Agayev, Rovshan Kerimdukht Producers: Mushfuq Hatamov, Ilgar Najaf Production Co.: Azerbaijanfilm studio, Buta Film Languages: Azerbaijani, Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Azerbaijan min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
91 Ilgar Najaf N.P. Director's biography and filmography Ilgar Najaf was born in 1975, Ararat region of Armenian Republic (USSR). After ethnic conflict in 1988 (when he was 13) together with his family, they were forcibly expelled from Armenia and became refugees. In 1997 he graduated from Azerbaijan State University of Arts film director s faculty. In 2004 he established the film studio Buta Film where he produced and directed a number of movies. Festivals & Awards 2017: Eurasia, Main competition, Kazakhstan: Best actor Listopad, Main competition, Belarus: Best script Asia Pacific Screen Awards NETPAC, Young cinema award, Australia Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey: Best film Antakya International Film Festival, Turkey: Best actress Eastern Vista 93 Gabil returns home to the humble family farmstead, surrounded by an orchard of venerable pomegranate trees; since his sudden departure twelve years ago he was never in contact with them. However, the deep emotional scars he left behind cannot be erased from one day to the next.
92 94 The Rain Of Homs Director: Joud Said Writers: Joud Said, Samah Kattal Director of photography: Wael Ezz Al Deen Editor: Rauf Zaza Music: Nadim Mishlawi Sound: Rana Eid Cast: Mohamed El Ahmad, Lama Hakim, Hussein Abbass, Bashar Ismail, Karam Shaarani Producer: Rehab Ayoub Production Co.: Adamz Production Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Syria min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
93 A.P. Joud Said IFA Director's biography and filmography Joud Said was born in Damascus in and graduated from Louis Lumière college in France. He directed two short movies: «Monologue» in 2007 and «Goodbye» in «Once Again» (2009), «My last friend» (2012), and «Waiting for the Fall» (2014) are his feature films. Festivals & Awards Cario International Film Festival, 2017 Carthage Film Festival, 2017 A man with his nephew and a woman with her five-year-old sister, coming from a different political background in Syria, are left in the destroyed city of Homs during the war in They struggle under the fire and wonder how their rising love will save them from death. Eastern Vista 95
94 Ralang Road 96 Writer & Director: Karma Takapa Director of photography: Sonu Kumar Editor: Anadi Athaley Music: Christopher Burchell Sound: Bigyna Dahal Cast: Shubham, Sonam Wangyal Ladimpa, Domber Mani Pradhan, Sudan Gurung Producers: Heer Ganjwala, Anadi Athaley, Rajat Goswami, Karma Takapa Production Co.: HumanTrail Pictures Languages: Nepali Country, Year, Runtime: India min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere
95 R.P. Karma Takapa F.F.A. Director's biography and filmography Karma Takapa (b. Sikkim state, India) graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi. He is the creator of shorts and docs that experiment with narrative approaches and investigate a variety of locations (including his hometown in Sikkim). His two short features Ordinary Times (Thutse Kyuma, 2013) and No Where Here (Yahin Kahin Nahin, 2014) were selected for the program of the Goa IFF, the first of these winning a Special Jury Prize at the SiGNS film fest. He and two other directors wrote and directed the feature-length story showcase An Illusion of My Mind (Mor Mann Ke Bharam, 2015), awarded a Special Jury Prize two years ago at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Ralang Road is his first independently directed picture. Eastern Vista 97 Festivals & Awards Mumbai Film Festival, India 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Competition Section, Czech Republic, 2017 In a small hill town, a series of coincidences related to a mysterious robbery brings four people together. As these seemingly mundane events become increasingly dramatic, the four persons find themselves at a crossroad, where they face impending consequences. Set in the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim, Ralang Road is a local multi-narrative, with a fragmented style of storytelling to understand cultural immigration, and lifestyles in a complex social setup.
96 Swarm of Doves 98 Director: Ramadan Khasrouh Writer: Latifa Al-Humoud Director of photography: Jean-Louis Vialard Editor: Ramadan Khasrouh Music: Tareq Al-Nasser Sound: Khaled Hammad Cast: Dawood Hussain, Fatima Alsafi, Bashar Al-Shatti Producer: Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Kuwait min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
97 Ramadan Khasrouh N.P. Director's biography and filmography Director, producer, music and visual artist of Kuwait, co-founder of the Lulua Productions, and presented his first feature film "Lover of the Earth" in Festivals & Awards India International Film Festival, 2017 During the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, invading forces sieged a group of Kuwaiti youths, who had only two choices: either to surrender, or to die for the sake of their homeland. Eastern Vista 99
98 Talan 100 Director: Bolat Kalymbetov Writers: Gaziz Nassyrov, Bolat Kalymbetov, Zhussipbek Korgasbek Director of photography: Sapar Koichumanov Editor: Evgenyi Palamarchuk Music: Nikita Karev Sound: Nikita Fomin Cast: Assan Kirkabakov, Zhassulan Aitenov, Yerzhan Nurymbet, Shynar Zhanysbekova Producers: Akhat Ibrayev, Diana Ashimova Production Co.: Kazakhfilm JSC named after Shaken Aimanov Languages: Kazakh Country, Year, Runtime: Kazakhstan min PremiereStatus: World Premiere
99 Bolat Kalymbetov W.P. Director's biography and filmography Kazakh famous actor, film director, scriptwriter. Born in 1955 in Narynkol, Almaty region. Graduated from Acting department of Kazakh State Conservatoire named after Kurmangazy in 1977 and directing department of Almaty State theatre Institute in Member of the Filmmakers Union since Got the award as an Honored Arts worker of Kazakhstan in His filmography as an actor consists of more than 50 films. He is a professor of Acting and Directing workshops at Art Academy named after T. Zhurgenov in Almaty. A historical drama, based on true events which took place in the twentieth century in Kazakhstan. The main characters are faced with the necessity to live within the conditions of a historic experiment, at a time when society in general tried to erase its history to build a happy future. In Central Asia, this experience brought with it its own dramatic landscape. War and hunger changed people and it didn t seem possible to return to how things were before. Two boys are surviving in different circumstances. Tagai lives in a settlement within which the people are plagued by the new power of a military dictatorship. Kerim lives amongst wolves in the mountain forests. Someone is taking a path of revenge whilst the other has chosen the path of love and forgiveness. Eastern Vista 101
100 The Journey 102 Director: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji Writers: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead Director of photography: Duraid Al-Munajim Editor: Herve de Luz, Pascale Chavance, Mohamed Al-daradji Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabian Kourtzer Sound: Oliver Laurent Cast: Ameer Ali Jabarah, Zahraa Gandour Producers: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead Production Co.: IIFC Languages: Arabic, English Country, Year, Runtime: Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar, Netherlands min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
101 Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji N.P. Director's biography and filmography Mohamed Al-Daradji studied in Baghdad, Iraq and Hilversum, Netherlands before travelling to the UK to complete Masters degrees in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds. In 2003, following the invasion of Iraq, Mohamed returned to his native country to make his first feature film, Ahlaam. The film screened at over 125 international festivals, receiving 22 awards, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe consideration, establishing Mohamed as a revered international filmmaker. Since the success of Ahlaam, Mohamed has written and directed 2 further feature films, including the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed, Son of Babylon (2010). His work also includes 3 long form documentaries as well as the establishment of the Iraq Independent Film Center (IIFC); a film production and training institution based in Baghdad. The Journey is Mohamed s 3rd feature, wich had it s world premiere at Toronto IFF2017. Eastern Vista 103 Festivals & Awards Toronto International Film Festival, 2017 Baghdad, 2006; Sara enters Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. With Salam now hostage to Sara s confused and deluded plan, he battles desperately to appeal to her humanity and sway her decision. In a moment of consideration and with her convictions crumbling before her, Sara is given the opportunity to witness the life and innocence she was so willing to destroy. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
102 104 Writing On Snow Director: Rashid Mashrawi Writers: Rashid Mashrawi, Ibrahim Mozain Director of photography: Sofian El Fani Editor: Pascale Chavance, Mehdi Barsaoui Music: Kais Sallami Sound: Faouzi Thabet, Moez Cheikh Cast: Ghassan Massoud, Amr Waked, Ramzi Maqdisi, Areen Omari, Yumna Marwan Producers: Rashid Masharawi, Habib Attia, Abdelsalam Abu Askar Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere
103 Rashid Mashrawi R.P. Director's biography and filmography Rashid Mashrawi (1962, Gaza) grew up in a Shati refugee camp on the Gaza Strip. As a self-taught film maker, he made his first films at the age of 18, followed by his first real short, Travel Document, in He is the founder of the Cinema Production and Distribution Centre (1996) in Ramallah, which supports Palestinian cinema in general. Filmography: Travel Document (1987, short), The Shelter (1989, short), Dar O Dur (docu, 1991), Long Days in Gaza (1991), Curfew (1993), Haifa (1995), Rabab (1997), Tension (1998, short), Out of Focus (2000, short), Behind the Walls (1999), Love Season (2001), Live from Palestine (2002, short), Ticket to Jerusalem (2002), Homemovie (2002, short), Waiting (2002, short), Checkpoint (2002, short), Arafat, My Brother (2005), Intizar/Waiting (2005) Laila s Birthday (2009), land of the story (docu 2012), Palestine Stereo (2013), Letters From Al Yarmouk (docu 2014), Writing On Snow (2017). Eastern Vista 105 The film takes place in one night. Five Palestinians are trapped inside a small apartment during the war on Gaza Strip. Political and social divisions among themselves, and religious intolerance, and the lack of acceptance of the other despite the difference, are factors that go beyond their solidarity and weaken their resistance against the Israeli occupation.
104 Eastern Vista - Short films 106 Sajad Mousavi Sajad Mousavi, born in 1990 Zanjan, has studied Directing and is currently manager of Basij Artist Association. Life Without Ritual won the best film award of Islamic Unity International Film Festival. W.P. A Beautiful Woman Writer & Director: Sajad Mousavi DOP: Vahid Byouteh Editor: Reza Mohebali Music: Ali Gorgin Sound: Hadi Ma navipour Cast: Komeil Ataei, Mehrnaz Ahadian, Aadel Khazaei, Reyhane Maghsoumi Producers: Mehdi Maghsoumi Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premier Ziba is in a court with her daughter waiting for her world to change.
105 QIU Yang QIU Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. His short film A Gentle Night was awarded the Short Film Palme d'or at the 70th Festival de Cannes. He became the first ever Chinese director to receive this award. In 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Competition. He was also a participant of Golden Horse Film Academy, Locarno Filmmakers Academy and Berlinale Talents. N.P. A Gentle Night Writer & Director: QIU Yang DOP: Constanze Schmidt Editor: Carlo Francisco Manatad Sound: Zhu MEI, Livia RUZIC, Mikko QUIZON Cast: Shuxian Li, Zhongwei Sun, Yaning Ding, Yun Xu, Zhijian Zhang Producers: QIU Yang, LI Yi Production Co.: Wild Grass Films Languages: Chinese Country, Year, Runtime: China, France min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017, Cannes Film Festival, Court Metrage, Palme D Or, France Eastern Vista - Short films 107 In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gently into this good night.
106 Eastern Vista - Short films 108 Venika Mitra After passing out from Bachelors in Mass Media and Mass Communication, Delhi University in 2008, she came to Mumbai. She always wanted to work in films and she has been working as an assistant director in Hindi Film industry since She has worked at all sorts of levels on a film set, slowly graduating to become a First A.D of a film unit. All I WanT is her first film as director. R.P. All I Want Writer & Director: Venika Mitra DOP: Sarthak Johar Editor: Gurmmeet Singh Music: Anuarg Saikia Sound: Resul Pookutty, CAS, MPSE, Vijay Kumar Cast: Ballu Panchal, Kamal D. Khatak, Atteet Bhandari Producers: Venika Mitra, Crowd Funding Languages: Hindi Country, Year, Runtime: India min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Ratan is a 7-8 years old incorrigible and aimless street bum; who rambles through an entire day to buy one mango. The only money he has is 9 bucks. The mango seller he asks, ridicules him while telling the prices of all the varieties of mangoes available...
107 Bassam Chekhes Bassam Chekhes was born in Syria and moved to the Netherlands, where he studied Audio-Visual Art and graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has shot, directed and produced a dozen short films and collaborated on several projects with other artists and filmmakers. Int.p. Blue Fly Road Writer & Director: Bassam Chekhes DOP: Bassam Chekhes Editor: Bassam Chekhes Music: Geil Van Geloven Sound: Majed Hamwi Cast: Ibrahim Mohammad Dumrani, Abdulla Mohammad Dumrani, Muna Rageb Fadel Allah Producers: Bassam Chekhes, Behrooz Hashemian, Rami Nihawi Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Syria, Netherlands, France, Lebanon min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Eastern Vista - Short films 109 Ibrahim, a boy at the age of nine, lives alone in the forest; everyday he waits for his twin brother Abdulla to bring him food and water. One day Ibrahim disguises himself in his brother s cloth and leaves the forest, for the first time, through the blue fly road.
108 Eastern Vista - Short films 110 Nurlan Sharipov Nurlan Sharipov born in Kazakhstan at 15 february He started working as a director in N.P. Companions Director: Nurlan Sharipov Writers: Nurlan Sharipov, Daryn Tokhtarov, Chingiz Ablanov DOP: Alexander Rubanov Editor: Nurlan Sharipov Music: Alisher Taubayev Sound: Ilya Korobeynikov Cast: Erzhan Nusipakynov, Sultanna Shengelbyeva, Zhanel Alikova, Myrza Makhambet, Elena GHEE Producers: Nurlan Sharipov Languages: Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Kazakhstan min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Father of the family is judgemental about the lifestyle of his children and blames his wife for it. But today something is going to happen and it will bring thw whole family together and make the father proud.
109 Ziwei Yao Ziwei Yao was graduated from the City College of New York. Prior to graduation, Ziwei went into the minefields at the Chinese - Vietnamese border to shoot a documentary. Later that year, Ziwei was selected to receive the BAFTA New York Scholarship. At the moment, Ziwei is writing a feature-length film for independent production in the near future. His film-making will mainly focus on how Chinese diaspora live under various communities around the world. A.P. Echoing Clouds Writer & Director: Ziwei Yao DOP: Ziwei Yao Editor: Shao-Wen Liang, Wanhu Jin Music: Ziwei Yao Sound: Yuankang Zhang, Enji Zhao Cast: Chuang Liu, Yun Hang, Xintao Xu, Wenjuan Liao Producers: Ziwei Yao Languages: Chinese Country, Year, Runtime: China, Singapore min PremiereStatus: Asian Premier Eastern Vista - Short films 111 Hang makes a deal with a mob leader to murder a monk who tries to influence Hang to reconsider his actions. Through the monk, Hang realises that both of them will soon share a similar karma, that will make them suffer, one after another.
110 Eastern Vista - Short films 112 Carlo Francisco Manatad Carlo Francisco Manatad is known for his work on Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 (2017), Ordinary People (2016) and Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (2017). N.P. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month Writer & Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad DOP: Lim Teck Siang Editor: Lee Chatametikool Music: Benjo Ferrer Sound: Mikko Quizon Cast: Angeli Bayani Producers: Armi Rae Cacanindin, Ling Tiong, Josabeth Alonso Production Co.: Plan C Languages: Tagalog Country, Year, Runtime: Philippines, Singapore min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Singapore International Film Festival: Best Southeast Asian Short Film Previously dedicated to her job at a soon-toclose gas station, the subject devotes her last night of employment to some questionable acts, thereby reflecting the increasingly anarchic nature of the society around her.
111 Abdulaziz Alballam Abdulaziz Kadhem Mohsen Qasem Alballam was born in 1991 in Salwa, Kuwait. Student at the higher education of dramatic arts in Kuwait, he aspires to be a director. At first, Abdulaziz was interested in sports "free running". He made his first short film "Step TO PK". W.P. Kombars Director: Abdulaziz Alballam Writers: Abdulaziz Alballam, Hmoud Alamri DOP: Abdulaziz Alballam Editor: Yusef Alabdullah Music: Jassim Alrumaidheen Sound: Soud Almisfer Cast: Amer Abukabeer, Rawan Mahdi, Hussain Alrasheed, Sulaiman Almarzouq Producers: Abdulaziz Alballam, Laila Alghareeb Production Co.: BLACKRAIN Films Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Kuwait min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Eastern Vista - Short films 113 A short film about an extra s actor life. His struggle and his dream to become a real actor one day.
112 Eastern Vista - Short films 114 Natia Nikolashvili Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1989, she graduated with a degree in animation direction from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University in She currently works as a creative director, layout artist and animator for the production company 20 Steps Productions. Li.le Writer&Director: Natia Nikolashvili Editor: Nikoloz Ghoghoberidze Sound: Beso Kacharava, Giorgi Murgulia Producer: Vladimer Katcharava Production Co.: 20 Steps Productions Languages: Without dialogue Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia min Festivals & Awards Berlin International Film Festival 2017: Nominee Crystal Bear (Generation Kplus Best Short Film for Natia Nikolashvili) In the magic forest it is dark and cold; the fog so thick that not a single ray of sunlight shines through. A lone girl and a deer are wandering through this icy landscape. What are they looking for?
113 Jamshid Bahmani Jamshid Bahmani, born in 1969 studied Directing. He has worked as scriptwriter on Innocent, as assistant director on Do You Have More Apple?, Under the Moonlight and also casting director of The Child and the Soldier. He has worked with Reza Mirkarim as his first assistant on Daughter. Int.p. Man with a Blue Suit Writer & Director: Jamshid Bahmani DOP: Shahram Najarian Editor: Jamshid Bahmani Music: Amir Rad Sound: Hasan Mahdavi Cast: Hasan Tas'eeri, Leila Yousefi Producers: Jamshid Bahmani Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Eastern Vista - Short films 115 A guy is in a hospital after the death of his wife who has wished for her organs to be donated, but he doesn t want to go on with her decision. Hospital staff are trying to convince him
114 Eastern Vista - Short films 116 Fatma Racha Shehadeh Fatma Racha Shehadeh was born in 1994, Los Angeles, CA to a Lebanese mother and a Palestinian father. She grew up in Tripoli, Lebanon and moved to LAU - Byblos in 2012 where she graduated in Communication Arts in She wrote and directed her first film, Zikra, as her senior project at LAU. It achieved several awards and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner in Soon after that, she directed the short film, Inked, in 48-hours for the 48-hour film competition. She is currently pursuing her masters in Cinematography. Muse Director: Fatma Racha Shehadeh Writer: Doris Saba DOP: Alessandro Capomolla Editor: Maysam Al Bacha Sound: Tony Khoury Cast: Abdo Chahine, Inana Halabi, Lama Khawtharani, Moufid Khoury Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Lebanon min After facing the atrocities of the war, Yazan, a Syrian refugee child tries to return home in search of his family.
115 Waththab Oneizah Waththab Oneizah, young Iraqi director and editor has made numerous short films and documentaries, most recently the film (its back then ) winning the best film within the film Script Competition hosted alnahj International Film Festival approaches its second session Award. W.P. O+ Director: Waththab Oneizah Writer: Mostafa Alrekabi DOP: Mohammed Kamel Editor: Ali Albayati Music: Nac media Sound: zaman abouyazan Cast: ameer almajed, abdulla alghareeb, zainab ali, amerr almajed Producers: haidar jalwkhan Language: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Iraq min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Eastern Vista - Short films 117 After his brother became an actor, rather a star in spite of his Cancer... Envy flames start to burn (yosef s) heart as he notices people neglecting him to his brother s interest so he tries to be like his ill brother with every means to turn eyes towards him.
116 Eastern Vista - Short films 118 Mohamad Kart Mohammad Kart, born in 1986 Shiraz, studied cinema directing and performing arts and started his career as an actor on stage in As a director he has made a number of short films and documentaries over the course of his career and has won a few international awards. W.P. Pedovore Director: Mohamad Kart Writers: Aban ASkari, Mohammad Kart DOP: Hadi Behroz Editor: Esmaeil Alizadeh Music: Amir Tavasoli Sound: Arash Ghasemi Cast: Alireza Hakimi, ALireza MEhran, Farhaneh Sobhani, Bahram Ebrahimi, Ali Bahri Producer: Seyed Maziyar Hashemi Production Co.: Honar Ideh Bonyan Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Nobody takes the feeling of love in children seriously,but in the world that is like a Pedovore monster nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a child s love.
117 Natsuki Nakagawa Natsuki Nakagawa born in She studied at the Rikkyo University graduate school of contemporary psychology. In 2017 she entered to Tokyo University of the arts graduate school film and new media, and is studying film making. Int.p. Projection Directors: Natsuki Nakagawa Writers: Risako Kifune DOP: Wu Le Editor: Riko Hukuchi Music: Masato Ohashi Sound: Yukiko Shimizu Cast: Ryuzaburo Hattori, Juka, Mayu Ryokucha, Gaku Hosokawa, Yuka Arai Producers: Ayato Tokunaga, Sumire Nakagima Languages: Japanese Country, Year, Runtime: Japan min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Eastern Vista - Short films 119 A man who broke up with his wife was unable to forget her. One day, during his work as a marketing research, he reunites with his wife over the monitor.
118 Eastern Vista - Short films 120 Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar He studied Business Administration at Yeditepe University. He graduated from New York Film Academy Filmmaking department. He established Caglar Motion Pictures Film Company in His short film The Sacrifice was supported by Culture Ministry. Caglar developed script of his feature film Winter Light with Ebru Ceylan and continues to develop it. Int.p. The Sacrifice Director: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar Writers: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar, Tahsin Yetkin DOP: Mehmet Engin Editor: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar, Kenan Mansur Dogru Music: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar Cast: Bedir Bedir, Gurur Aydogan, Meltem Miraloglu Producer: Cagla Caglar Production Co.: Caglar Motion Pictures Languages: Turkish Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey min PremiereStatus: International Premiere It is a cold winter night in a village clinic in Anatolia. A little girl who forced to marry by her family escapes and takes refuge in the forest. She wants to commit suicide with a shotgun but she cannot do it. In the morning, foresters find the injured bride. They take her to the village clinic.
120 Festival of Festivals 122 Diego Lerman Diego Lerman debuted in 2002 with the feature film Tan de repente (Suddenly, 2002), Silver Leopard winner at the Locarno Festival, among other awards. Next came Mientras tanto (Meanwhile, 2006), a participant in the Official Selection at the Venice Festival. In 2007 he directed the documentary Servicios prestados, presented in Locarno. His two following films, La mirada invisible (The Invisible Eye, 2010) and Refugiado (2014), were screened in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Festival. He also directed the TV series La casa (2015). A Sort Of Family Director: Diego Lerman Writers: Diego Lerman, María Meira DOP: Wojciech Staron Editor: Alejandro Brodersohn Music: Caio Mariano Sound: Benjamin Laurent, Tomas Alem, Bernardo Uzeda Cast: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Aráoz, Claudio Tolcachir Producer: Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman Production Co.: El Campo Cine, 27 Films Production, Bellota Films, Bossa Nova Films, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA) (with the support of), Productora MG, Red Rental, Snowglobe Films, Staron Film, Televisión Federal (Telefe) Languages: Spanish Country, Year, Runtime: Argentina, Brazil, Poland, France min Festivals & Awards 2017: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina/ Chicago International Film Festival: Best Feature Film/ CPH PIX/ Philadelphia Film Festival/ San Sebastián International Film Festival: Jury Prize for Best Screenplay 2018: Miami Film Festival Malena is a middle-class doctor in Buenos Aires. One afternoon she receives a call from Dr Costas, telling her she must leave immediately for the north of the country: the baby she was expecting is about to be born...
121 Urszula Antoniak After her studies at the Polish and Dutch Film Academy, Urszula Antoniak wrote and directed her debut film Nothing personal (2009) which won six awards in Locarno and was nominated for 2 European Film Academy Awards. Her second feature Code Blue (2011) premiered in Cannes Directors Fortnight. Her third feature Nude Area was released in In that same year Life According to Nino, a children film for which she wrote the screenplay, won Best International Feature at Cinekid. Beyond Words is Antoniak s fourth feature film. N.P. Beyond Words Writer & Director: Urszula Antoniak DOP: Lennert Hillege Editors: Natalia Alonso Casale, Milenia Fiedler Sound: Jan Schermer Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Andrzej Chyra, Christian Loeber, Justyna Wasilewska Producers: Lukasz Dzieciol, Floor Onrust Languages: German, Polish, English Country, Year, Runtime: Poland, Netherlands, France min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Cameraimage, Polish Films Competition, Poland/ Les Arcs European Film Festival, France/ Polish Film Festival: Best Cinematography, Best Sound/ Toronto International Film Festival, Contemporary World Cinema Section Festival of Festivals 123 Nothing in Michael, a young and successful Berlin lawyer, gives away his Polish roots. The sudden appearance of his father, who was long presumed dead, plunges Michael into an existential crisis. After his father leaves, Michael can t return to his life as a German
122 R.P. F.F.A. NETPAC Festival of Festivals 124 Pooya Badkoobeh Born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran, his father was a well-known director and producer of children s TV and Badkoobeh spent much of his childhood on set. He studied graphic design followed by theatre studies. Since 2003 he has been working in advertising. Alongside this, he has made two short films which have won national and international awards. Dressage is his debut feature film. Dressage Director: Pooya Badkoobeh Writer: Hamed Rajabi DOP: Ashkan Ashkani Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab Music: Shahab Paranj Sound: Bahman Ardalan, Vahid Moghaddasi, Mehdi Salehkermani Cast: Negar Moghaddam, Ali Mosaffa, Shabnam Moghaddami, Yasna Mirtahmasb, BehAfarid Ghafarian, Houshang Tavakol, Baset Rezaei Producers: Samira Baradari, Roohollah Baradari Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards 2018, Berlinale, Generation 14 plus, Nominated for the best first film, win the special mention of Jury, Germany Golsa is a 16-year-old girl living with her family in a small town near Tehran. She spends most of her time hanging out with a group of friends. One day the group decide on a course of action the consequences of which will have unexpected results and turn their little bit of fun into something far more complicated. The events that follow radically change Golsa's perspective on life.
123 LEE Ju-Hyoung LEE Ju-Hyoung made the short animation Tapis Roulant in 2009, which was invited to screen at the Japanese Film Fest and Indie Anifest. His next work was the mid-length We ve Never Seen a Night Which Has Finished by Reaching a Day, which came in 2010 and screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. He moved onto his first feature film under the mentorship of KIM Ki-duk in N.P. Excavator Director: Lee Ju-Hyoung Writer: Kim Ki-Duk DOP: Choi Seong-chel Editor: Choi Hee-young Music: Son Yeol-Mae Sound: Lee Junho Cast: Um Tae-Woong, Kim Kyung-ik, Shim Jung-wan Producers: Kim Ki-Duk, Kim Dong-Hoo Production Co.: Kim Ki-duk Film Languages: Korean Country, Year, Runtime: South Korea min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Official Selection: Best Director 2018: Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, New Directors / Bengaluru International Film Festival, Asian Cinema Competition Festival of Festivals 125 Kim Gang-Il was a paratrooper and he was sent to Gwangju to suppress the Gwangju Democratization Movement in May, After his release from the military, Kim Gang-Il has worked as a forklift driver. Due to an incident, he traces an uncomfortable truth which has been hidden for the past 20 years.n
124 Festival of Festivals 126 Jon Garano Jon Garano was born in 1974 in San Sebastián, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for For 80 Days (2010), Flowers (2014) and Giant (2017). Aitor Arregi: He is a director and writer, known for Giant (2017), Lucio (2007) and Flowers (2014). Aitor Arregi Giant Directors: Jon Garano, Aitor Arregi Writers: Andoni De Carlos, José Mari Goenaga, Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño DOP: Javier Agirre Erauso Editor: Laurent Dufreche, Raúl López Music: Pascal Gaigne Sound: Iñaki Díez Cast: Joseba Usabiaga, Eneko Sagardoy, Iñigo Aranburu Producers: Xabier Berzosa, Iñaki Gómez, Iñigo Obeso Production Co.: Irusoin, Kowalski Films, Moriarti Languages: Basque Country, Year, Runtime: Spain min Festivals & Awards 2017: 65th San Sebastián International Film Festival,: Special Jury Prize 2018: V Premios Feroz: Best Original Soundtrack After the First Carlist War, Martín heads back to his family's farmhouse, and he finds out with surprise that his little brother Joaquín is much taller than usual height. Martín becomes convinced that people will be willing to see the "tallest man on Earth", so they travel around Europe, and the wealth and the level of fame they achieve changes the family forever.
125 R.P. Abbas Amini Born in Abadan, Iran in 1982, he moved to Tehran in 2001 and began working as an assistant director on various feature films. His first short films and documentaries focused on social topics such as the consequences of the Iraq- Iran war and particularly the welfare of children. He has been a volunteer for the Association for the Protection of Child Labourers (APCL) for the past ten years. His debut feature film Valderama screened in the 2016 Berlinale Generation. NETPAC Hendi & Hormoz Director: Abbas Amini Writers: Hossein Farokhzad, Abbas Amini DOP: Ashkan Ashkani Editors: Shahroz Tavakol, Ehsan Vaseghi Music: Mehran Ghaedipour Sound: Mehrshad Malakoti, Reza Tehrani, Hossein Pour Rahimy Cast: Zohre Eslami, Hamed Alipour Producer: Abbas Amini Production Co.: MAGICLAB, Mehrva Gallery Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards Berlinale, genration, Germany 2017 Festival of Festivals 127 Hendi and Hormoz, a young couple, who marry according to the tradition of their island in the Persian Gulf, Hormoz, hardly know each other, but this new and mysterious world (marriage) that awaits them leads first to having fun together, but this fun which is in fact life becomes increasingly dangerous.
126 Festival of Festivals 128 Ruth Mader Ruth Mader born in 1974 is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. She has directed six films between 1992 and Her film Struggle was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Some of Made s movies: Endstation obdachlos (1992)/ Gatsch (1993)/ Kilometer 123,5 (1994)/ Gfrasta (1999)/ Null Defizit (2001)/ Struggle (2003). R.P. Life Guidance Director: Ruth Mader Writer: Martin Leidenfrost, Ruth Mader DOP: Christine A. Maier Editor: Niki Mossböck Music: Manfred Plessi Sound: Heinz Ebner Cast: Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister Producer: Gabriele Kranzelbinder Production Co.: KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production Languages: German Country, Year, Runtime: Austria min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards Chicago International Film Festival, 2017 The Film is set in the near future, in a world that has achieved a perfected state of capitalism. Society is sustained by a class of top achievers. These cheerfully motivated people populate a bright, friendly, transparent and efficient middle-class world. Meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy and self-fulfilled.
127 Egle Vertelyte Egle Vertelyte was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania. She studied history at Vilnius University, filmmaking at the European Film College, and screenwriting at the National Film and Television School, in England. She is the writer of the shorts Robomax (13) and Romantic Delusions of the Bird (14), and director of the documentary Ub Lama (11). Miracle (17) is her debut feature. N.P. F.F.A. Miracle Director & Writer: Egle Vertelyte DOP: Emil Christov Editor: Milenia Fiedler Music: Krzysztof A. Janczak Sound: Wojtek Mielimąka, Giedrius Aleknavicius Cast: Vyto Ruginis, Egle Mikulionyte, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrius Bialobzeskis Producers: Lukas Trimonis, Pavlina Jeleva, Radoslawa Bardes, Magdalena Zimecka Production Co.: In Script Geopoly Orka Languages: Lithuanian Country, Year, Runtime: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Toronto film festival, 2017 Festival of Festivals 129 The lives of the owners of a nationalized pig farm in a small village are turned upside-down when a handsome American arrives, pledging to save the struggling enterprise. But as Irena, the owner, begins to fall for his charms, she realizes that his intentions may not be entirely innocent...
128 N.P. Festival of Festivals 130 Aida Begic Aida Begic was born on May 9, 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a writer and director, known for Snow (2008), Children of Sarajevo (2012) and Prvosmrtnoiskustvo (2001). Never Leave Me Writer&Director: Aida Begic DOP: Erol Zubcevic Editor: Redzinald Simek Music: Igor Camo Sound: Igor Camo Cast: Carol Abboud, Motaz Faez Basha, Isa Demlakhi, Feyyaz Duman, Nisreen Faour, Ossama Mahmud Himeli Producers: Aida Begic, Adis Djapo, Muhammed Emin El-Huseyni Production Co.: Cineplanet Languages: Arabic, Turkish Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Antalya film festival, Dubai international film festival This is a story about pain, search for meaning in life and friendship of orphaned. Syrian boys - Isa, Ahmed and Muataz - who live a difficult life as refugees in the magical, mythical Turkish city of Sanliurfa. In their search for recovery from traumatic past, the children will cross the path from destructiveness and hostility to meaningfulness and love. By finding friendship, they will find their inner peace.
129 N.P. Alireza Khatami Alireza Khatami is a writer, director, producer based between the United States and France. He was selected in the 24th session of Cinefondation Residency of the Cannes Film Festival in He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival. Born in Iran, he studied Creative Multimedia in Malaysia and gained a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production from the United States of America. Oblivion Verses Director: Alireza Khatami Writers: Alireza Khatami, Dominique Welinski, René Ballesteros DOP: Antoine Heberlé Editor: Florent Mangeot Music: Matt Robin, Fred Bellaiche, Jacques Denis Sound: Miroslav Babic Cast: Juan Margallo, Tomas del Estal, Manuel Moron, Itziar Aizpuru, Amparo Noguera, Gonzalo Robles Producers: Frédéric Bellaïche,Vincent Wang, Production Co.: House on Fire Languages: Spanish Country, Year, Runtime: France, Chile, Germany, Netherlands min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Venice Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Best Debut (FIPERSCI): Best Film (Interfilm Award), Best Screenplay (Venice Horizons Award)/ Sao Paulo International Film Festival/ Nantes Three Continents Festival: Young Audience Award (Director)/ Mumbai Film Festival/ Chicago International Film Festival 2018: Festival Premiers Plans D Angers/ Rotterdam International Film Festival Festival of Festivals 131 The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raids the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman...
130 Festival of Festivals 132 Andrzej Jakimowski Andrzej Jakimowski born in 1963, Warsaw is a Polish film director, writer and producer, best known for directing the films Squint Your Eyes (Polish: Zmruz oczy) and Tricks (Polish: Sztuczki). N.P. Once Upon a Time in November Write & Director: Andrzej Jakimowski DOP: Adam Bajerski Editor: Cezary Grzesiuk Music: Tomasz Gąssowski Sound: Sebastian Brański, Jacek Hamela Cast: Agata Kulesza, Grzegorz Palkowski, Edward Hogg Producers: Andrzej Jakimowski, Kasia Kucia, Małgorzata Jurczak, Radosław Drabik, Marcin Kryjom, Adam Bajerski, Cezary Grzesiuk Production Co.: Adam Production, Blue Dream Film,- Canal+ Polska, D35, Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), Gigant Films, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej Languages: Polish Country, Year, Runtime: Poland min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Cleveland International Film Festival, 2018: Nominee George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition The film tells the story of a mother and son who lose their flat in Warsaw after being evicted in The story is played out against the background of actual events, including a largescale nationalist march and riot. In this movies both fiction and documentary footages is used.
131 Constantin Popescu Constantin Popescu was born in1973 in Bucharest, Romania. He is a director and writer, known for Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man (2010), Tales from the Golden Age (2009) and Principles of Life (2010). N.P. Pororoca Writer & Director: Constantin Popescu DOP: Liviu Marghidan Editor: Corina Stavila Sound: Mihai Bogos Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Iulia Lumânare, Constantin Dogioiu, Stefan Raus, Adela Marghidan Producers: Liviu Marghidan, Lissandra Haulica Production Co.: Scharf Advertising, Irreverence Films Languages: Romanian Country, Year, Runtime: Romania, France min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Göteborg Film Festival 2018 San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2017: Silver Seashell for Best Actor, Nominee for best film Zurich Film Festival, 2017 Festival of Festivals 133 Cristina and Tudor Ionescu have founded a happy family with their two children, Maria (5 and a half) and Ilie (7). They're in their thirties and live in a nice apartment in a Romanian town. He works for a phone company and she's an accountant. They seem to live the life of an ordinary couple with their children. But one Sunday morning when Tudor takes his kids to the park, Maria disappears...
132 Festival of Festivals 134 Kristof Hoornaert Kristof Hoornaert is a Belgian screenwriter and film director who studied Audiovisual Arts in Ghent and Brussels. His first short film "Kaïn" premiered in the official competition of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, where it got nominated for the Golden Bear. He also edited the short film "Nuclear Waste" by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (triple Cannes winner of The Tribe), which premiered in the official competition of the 65th Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Leopard... N.P. Resurrection Writer & Director: Kristof Hoornaert DOP: Rimvydas Leipus Editor: David Verdurme Music: Wim Coryn, Steve Willaert Sound: Yanna Soentjens Cast: Johan Leysen, Gilles De Schryver, Kris Cuppens Producers: Mariano Vanhoof, Geoffrey Enthoven Production Co.: Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Fobic Films Languages: Dutch Country, Year, Runtime: Belgium min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival/ Capri, Hollywood: Capri Breakout Director Award 2018: Rotterdam International Film Festival An old man who isolated himself from civilization receives an unexpected visitor.
133 R.P. Ahmadreza Motamedi Ahmadreza Motamedi, born in 1961 is graduated in Philosophy and Economy from Tehran University. Prior to his career as a writer and director, for years he has been working on art and aesthetic theoretical discourses and contributed to a number of publications as a film critic. He wrote his first script in 1993, Yaran (Naser Mehdipour). NETPAC Walking on String Writer & Director: Ahmadreza Motamedi DOP: Amir Karimi Editor: Mahdi Saadi, Soudabeh Saeednia Music: Masoud Sekhavat doust Sound: Mohammad Sheivandi Cast: Ahmad Mehranfar, Hamed Komeili, Andisheh Fouladvand, Houman Barghnavard Producers: Saeed Saadi Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: Regionla Premiere Festivals & Awards Dhaka International Film Festival Festival of Festivals 135 The dream of young underground music band is to have a concert abroad. They prepare everything and intend to leave the country legally but some problems force them to do it illegally. Now things do not go as expected...
136 Docs in Focus 138 Mahdi Naghavian Mahdi Naghavian was born in 1361, Babol and graduated in Directing from Iran Broadcasting University. He was a student when he started to work in Ravayat-e- Fath. In recent years, his documentaries, Guardian of the Votes, Election 10, Furious Bull and his two fiction clip arts, Daddy Shed Blood and Warmest Winter Day, won him 4 Lanterns and a Letter of Acknowledgement at Ammar Film Festival. Int.p. A Father's Heritage Director: Mahdi Naghavian Writer: Mahdi Fayazikia DOP: Maryam Hassannia Edit: Mahdi Naghavian, Hassan Jafari Sound: Peyman Tavasoli Producer: Mahdi Naghavian Producer co: Tasvirsazan Soureh Cinema Mehr Institute (Hozeye Honari) Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere A Father's Heritage documentary follows the life of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi from his coronation to his death in Egypt.
137 R.P. Helena Treštíková One of the most important Czech documentary filmmakers, Helena Třeštíková has directed some forty films since graduating from Prague s FAMU film school. Her latest trilogy of portraits Marcela, René y Katka, shot in the late 2000s, brought her international attention. Masterpieces of editing, the three films confirm the filmmaker s deftness at transforming the humdrum existence of the downtrodden into unique, fascinating narratives. A Marriage Story Writer & Director: Helena Treštíková DOP: David Cysař, Vlatimil Hamerník, Jan Malíř, Miroslav Souček, Ervín Sanders, Jiří Chod, Robert Novák, Antonín Kutík Editor: Jakub Hejna Sound: Richard Müller Cast: Michaela Katráková, Milan Petrina, Jan Strnad, Martin Strnad, Tomás Strnad Producers: Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad Production Co.: Negativ Film, Česká televise, Aerofilms Languages: Czech Country, Year, Runtime: Czech Republic min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards BACIFI, Buenos Aires Festival, 2017 Trieste Film Festival, 2018: Best Documentary Docs in Focus 139 In 35 years of one couple s shared life, a lot of things happen: from the moments of an absolute harmony to the dramatic falls. For the most of the time, the couple cares for common daily life issues and joys that come together with raising the children, running the household or running a business.
138 Docs in Focus 140 Karina Holden Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Karina Holden studied science at Sydney University and then completed a Postgraduate degree in Conservation Biology from University of Queensland. At the age of 23, Karina joined the Natural History Unit of the ABC where she worked for the next 7 years on blue chip wildlife documentaries as a researcher and eventually as a producer. Returning to Australia, Karina continued making documentaries in many genres. A.P. Blue Writer & Director: Karina Holden DOP: Jody Muston Editor: Vanessa Milton Music: Ash Gibson Greig Sound: David White Appearances: Penny Mercoulia, Megan Lamson, Cameron Jawai, Ronald, Ngallametta, Ian Hutton Producers: Sarah Beard, Karina Holden, Sue Clothier Production Co.: Northern Pictures, Documentary Australia Foundation Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: Australia min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2018: Festival International Du Film Documentaire Océanien: Le Prix Okeanos New York Wild Film Festival: Best Impact Film 2017: Vancouver International Film Festival: Best Impact Film/Byron Bay Film Festival: Best Environmental Film/ Australian Screen Sound Guild: Best Sound in a Documentary/AACTA Awards: Best Cinematography in a Documentary, UNAA Media Awards Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Filmed on location in Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Indonesia...
139 Anna Zamecka Anna Zamecka lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She studies journalism, anthropology and photography in the Polish capital as well as in Copenhagen and completes the Dok Pro Documentary Programme at the Wajda School. Communion (2016) is her feature film debut. Communion Writer & Director:Anna Zamecka DOP: Malgorzata Szylak Editor: Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka Sound: Marcin Kasiński Cast: Nikodem Kaczanowski, Ola Kaczanowska, Marek Kaczanowski, Magdalena Kaczanowska Production Co.: Wajda Studio, HBO Europe, Otter Films Languages: Polish Country, Year, Runtime: Poland min Festivals & Awards 2016: Warsaw Film Festival, Poland 2017: Trieste Film Festival, Italy: Alpe Adria Cinema Award/ International Documentary Film Festival Brazil: Best Documentary/ OsloPix, Norway 2017: Grand Prix Documentary Budapest International Film Festival, Hungary: Best Film European Film Academy Award: Best Documentary Docs in Focus 141 Ola, a 14-year-old girl, takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother, and a mother who doesn't live with them and tries to reunite the family.
140 Docs in Focus 142 Markus Imhoof Markus Imhoof was born on the in Winterthur, Switzerland. Secondary school in Winterthur, studies in German, History of the Arts and History in Zurich. In 1996 he founded the Markus Imhoof Film GmbH and the Fl.im. Pa. Filmproduktion AG, together with Pierre-Alain Meier and Thomas Koerfer of Frenetic Films AG. He is host lecturer on the Film School Milano, the Film Academy Berlin and the Film University Zurich. Eldorado Writer & Director: Markus Imhoof DOP: Peter Indergand Editor: Beatrice Babin Music: Peter Scherer Sound: Dieter Meyer, Jürg Lempen, Hugo Poletti Producers: Thomas Kufus, Pierre-Alain Meier, Production Co.: Thelma Film AG, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Zero One Film Languages: German, French, Italian, Kurdish, Swiss German Country, Year, Runtime: Switzerland, Germany min Festivals & Awards 2018: Berlin International Film Festival, Germany/ Hong Kong International Film Festival Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Lebanon, in Italy, in Germany and in Switzerland.
141 Int.p. NETPAC Kourosh Ataei Kourosh Ataei and Azadeh Mousavi are graduated in directing from Cinema and Theatre Department of Tehran Art University. During their study, they worked as assistant director in movie and TV projects and directed two fiction and documentary short films. In 2013, their mid-length documentary, From Iran, A Separation, was selected in several national and international festivals and had a public screening in Art and Experiment Cinema Group. Azadeh Mousavi IFA Finding Farideh Directors: Kourosh Ataei, Azadeh Mousavi DOP: Mohammad Hadadi Edit: Hamid Najafi Rad Music: Afshin Azizi Sound: Ensieh Maleki Producers: Kourosh Ataei, Azadeh Mousavi Language: Persian, English, Dutch Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Festivals & Awards Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite, Competition,2017: Best Art and Experiment Film, Best Edit, Best Music, Special Prize of Festival Director Docs in Focus 143 Finding Farideh is about a woman whose parents left her behind in Imam Reza Shrine, adopted by a Dutch family and taken away to Netherlands. Fear and her family s concerns prevented her from travelling to Iran in past 40 years but in recent years she has remotely searched for her biological family. And now she is preparing to go back to her birthplace and meet three families who could be her lost biological parents.
142 Docs in Focus 144 Mehdi Bagheri Mehdi Bagheri was born in 1981 in Tehran and graduated in directing from Tehran Film School under supervision of Dr. Ahmad Alasti. In addition to making documentaries, he is a photographer and film editor. His documentary, Old Boy, is among 10 best documentaries of Residents of One Way Street, Sasanian Seducer and Cocoon, are among his documentaries as a director. Int.p. House of Sun Writer & Director: Mehdi Bagheri DOP: Mohammad Reza Teymoori Edit: Mehdi Bagheri Music: Shahab bolouki Sound: Mehrshad Malakouti Producer: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre Producer co: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Festivals & Awards Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite, 2017: Special Prize of Cultural and Art Organization of Tehran Municipality 140 years of life, love and hatred in Naser Khosrow Street.
143 Mostafa Razagh Karimi Mostafa Razagh Karimi was born in 1962 in Tabriz and graduated in architecture from Austria. He started his artistic activities by making amateur documentaries and short films. Among his outstanding works are educational films about AIDS for Austria s ministry of education that is now included in their curriculum. Int.p. IFA Khadije Saghafi Director: Mostafa Razagh Karimi Writers: Mohammad Reza Karimi Rad, Mostafa Razagh Karimi, Zahra Nabipour, Azam Behrouz DOP: Reza Teimouri Edit: Mohammad Pourfar Music: Saba Nedaie, Armin Kheirdan Sound: Mohammad Pourfar Producer: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre Producer co: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite, Best Film 2018: Fajr Film Festival Docs in Focus years of Khadijeh Saghafi s life, Imam Khomeini s wife.
144 Docs in Focus 146 Gürcan Keltek Born in İzmir in 1973, Gürcan Keltek studied cinema at DEU Fine Arts before directing several shorts and videos. His short, Overtime (2012) is selected at several festivals including Visions Du Réel and DOK Leipzig, while his medium-length Colony (2015) screened at FIDMarseille. Meteors is his first feature film. N.P. F.F.A. Meteors Writer & Director: Gürcan Keltek DOP: Mustafa Sh, Fırat Gürgen Editor: Fazilet Onat Sound: Marc Van Goethem Cast: Ebru Ojen Producers: Gurcan Keltek, Marc Van Goethem Production Co.: 29P Films Languages: Turkish, Kurdish Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey, Netherlands min PremiereStatus: National Premiere They come at night. Everyone steps out of their homes. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the next few hours, the city is on lockdown and an eclipse appears. At night, meteors start to fall. Blending documentary filmmaking and political commentary, and connecting the earthly to the cosmos...
145 Mehdi Zamanpour Mehdi Zamanpour has a master degree in Cinema Production, subfield of Directing from Iran Broadcasting University and is an Iranian screenwriter, producer and director who has produced many documentaries. Int.p. Path of Heart Director: Mehdi Zamanpour DOP: Seyed Hassan Seyedi Parishan Editor: Hossein Nikzad, Hassan Mahdavi Sound: Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Ghaheri Producers: Mehdi Zamanpour Kiasari, Somayeh Zera atkar Production Co.: Sooreh Documentary Centre Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Docs in Focus 147 Path of Heart is the story of Mashti Esmaeil s walking journey to Karbala. In addition to spiritual vibe of Imam Husayn pilgrims walking from Najaf to Karbala in Arba een, this documentary shows the journey of Mashti Esmaeil and his long life friend, Nasir, to Karbala and pilgrimage of Imam Husayn.
146 Docs in Focus 148 Vanessa Redgrave Vanessa Redgrave CBE (born in 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, and a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and received the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship. Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times", and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards. N.P. Sea Sorrow Directors: Vanessa Redgrave Writers: Folasade OYELEYE DOP: Andrew Dearden Editor: Folasade Oyeleye Sound: Martin CLARK, Ariel SULTAN Cast: Vanessa REDGRAVE, Ralph FIENNES, Martin SHERMAN, Alfred DUBS, Emma THOMPSON Producer: Carlo Gabriel Nero Production Co.: Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: United Kingdom min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Cannes film festival, Special Screenings section, 2017 Sea Sorrow marks Vanessa Redgrave s debut as a film director and is a very personal, dynamic meditation on the current global refugee crisis through the eyes and voices of campaigners and children mixing past and present, documentary and drama in its reflection on the importance of human rights.
147 Taras Tomenko Tomenko, born in 1976, Kyiv, Ukraine graduated from Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State University for Theatre, Cinema and TV arts and Taras Shevchenko State Kyiv University faculty for philology. A.P. "Slovo" House Director: Taras Tomenko Writers: Taras Tomenko, Lyubov Yakymchuk DOP: Taras Tomenko, Oleksandr Yakymchuk Editor: Oleksiy Shamin Music: Alla Zahaykevych Sound: Kateryna Herasymchuk Producers: Oleg Shcherbyna, Julia Chernyavska Production Co.: Fresh Production Group Languages: Ukrainian, Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Ukraine min PremiereStatus: Asian Premier Docs in Focus 149 In 1930, in the capital city of Kharkiv, with the approval of Stalin, specifically for Ukrainian writers the "Slovo" house was being built. Sixty-four comfortable apartments, a dining room, a solarium and service staff - real paradise for the creators of literature. However, this paradise is fitted with a special surveillance system and a network of agents, through which the authors are kept under control...
148 Docs in Focus 150 Manuel Muñoz Rivas Manuel Muñoz Rivas Born in Seville, Spain, in He studied Communication Studies before enrolling at the EICTV, the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. In addition to being a filmmaker, Manuel Muños Rivas works as an editor and also teaches at film schools. R.P. The Sea Stares At Us From Afar Directors: Manuel Muñoz Rivas Writers: Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Mauro Herce DOP: Mauro Herce Editor: Cristóbal Fernádez, Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Pablo Gil Rituerto Music: Jeroen Goeijers Sound: Joaquín Pachón Producers: jose Alayón, Jose M Rodriguez, Sara Sánchez, Irene Borrego, Rosan Boersma Production Co.: Azhar Media, El Viaje Films, CTM Docs, 59 En conserva Languages: Spanish Country, Year, Runtime: Spain, Netherlands min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards 2018: Berlin film festival Barely visible among the dunes, a few men live alone in their huts facing the sea, ignorant of the legends about an ancient and splendid city buried beneath the sands on which they stand.
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150 A Ciambra 152 Writer & Director: Jonas Carpignano Director of photography: Tim Curtin Editor: Affonso Gonçalves Music: Dan Romer Sound: Giuseppe Tripodi Cast: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato Producers: Paolo Carpignano, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Gwyn Sannia Production Co.: DCM Pictures, RT Features, Rai Cinema, Sikella Productions, Stayblack Productions Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy, France, United States, Germany min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
151 Jonas Carpignano N.P. Director's biography and filmography Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up between New York City and Rome. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique in 2015 before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review as well as the Gotham Independent Film Award for breakthrough director. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including best first feature. His second feature film A Ciambra had its world premiere at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the 2017 Cannes film festival where it won the Europa Cinema Label prize for best European film. The film won numerous awards and prizes in addition to earning Carpignano a nomination for best director at the Independent Spirit Awards. A Ciambra was chosen to represent Italy for best foreign film at the 2018 Academy Awards and was named the best Italian Film of 2017 by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics. Special Screenings - Best of Countries 153 Festivals & Awards 2017: Cannes Film Festival: Label Europa Cinemas Award (Best European Film)/ Bergen International Film Festival: Cinema Extraordinaire (Director)/ Munich Film Festival/ Stockholm Film Festival/ Zagreb Film Festival 2018: International Cinephile Society Awards: ICS Award for Best Picture/ Palm Springs International Film Festival/ Film Independent Spirit Awards In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region s factions - the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he s ready to step into his big brother s shoes but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.
152 154 A Letter to the President Director: Roya Sadat Writer: Aziz Deldar Director of photography: Behrooz Badrooj Editor: Ahmad Farid Farahmand, Razi Kashi Music: Zabih Mahdi Cast: Leena Alam, Aziz Deldar Producer: Roya Sadat Production Co.: Roya Film House, Kaboora Productions Languages: Dari Country, Year, Runtime: Afghanistan min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
153 Roya Sadat N.P. Director's biography and filmography Roya Sadat is an award-winning female Afghan director and director who successfully brought important, touching stories to international festivals after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She graduated from the University of Herat, Law and Politics. In 2006, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Asian Film Academy in South Korea. At the age of 20, she directed her first documentary Three Dots, which won international awards and which she wrote during the Taliban rule. In 2003, she founded the first female Afghan film company Roya Film House together with her sister Alka Sadat. Roya Film House has won more than 40 national and international awards, particularly for Alka s shorts and documentary films. In addition, she founded the first International Women s Film Festival in Afghanistan and a Book & Film Club to encourage people, especially women, to read more and improve their knowledge. Since 2004, she has been invited to more than 60 international film festivals. She is also active in TV production in Afghanistan. From , she directed 50 episodes of the first Afghan TV series The Secrets of This House and later three seasons of the most famous Afghan TV drama Beahesht Khamosh, which in 2013 won the Rumi Award for Best TV Drama and Writing. In 2017 she directed her first feature film A Letter To The President, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival. Special Screenings - Best of Countries 155 Festivals & Awards VIFFAC Awards, special mention international jury, 2018: Special Mention NETPAC- Jury/ Audience Award for a Fiction Feature; Students Award, france Soraya is a public official struggling to enforce the law in Afghanistan today. When she decides to save a young woman accused of adultery from the justice of a clan, things spiral for the worse to the point that she s arrested and put on death row. Asking for justice, she writes to the president, the last person who can save her. But will he listen to her plea?
154 Centaur 156 Director: Aktan Arym Kubat Writers: Ernest Abdyjaparov, Aktan Arym Kubat DOP: Khasan Kydyraliyev Editor: Petar Markovic Music: Sandro Friedrich Sound: Gerben Kokmeijer Cast: Aktan Abdykalykov, Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Zarema Asanalieva, Taalaikan Abazova, Ilim Kalmuratov, Bolot Tentimyshov, Maksat Mamyrkanov Producers: Marc Baschet, Martin Hampel, Thanassis Karathanos, Altynai Koichumanova Production Co.: Asap Films, Oy Art Film Producing Company Languages: Kirghiz Country, Year, Runtime: Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France, Netherlands, Japan min
155 Aktan Arym Kubat Director's biography and filmography Aktan Arym Kubat was born in 1957 in Sakoulou, Kountouou, Kyrgyzstan. He is a director and writer, known for The Adopted Son (1998), The Chimp (2001) and The Light Thief (2010). Festivals & Awards Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017: UNESCO Award Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 2017: CICAE Award (Panorama) Centaur lives a modest life with his family in rural Kyrgyzstan until he abruptly becomes the center of attention when he is caught stealing a racehorse at night. A story inspired by the myth when horses became the wings of men. Special Screenings - Best of Countries 157
156 Children of Genghis 158 Writer & Director: Zolbayar Dorj Director of photography: Angarag Davaasuren Editor: Gantulga Urtnasan Music: Ulziibayar Shatar Sound: Ricardo Mejia Cast: Dorjsambuu Dambii, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Batmend Baast, Dorj Dambii, Batnairamdal Tsewegjaw, Brittany Belt Producers: Angarag Davaasuren, Altantsetseg Jarantai Production Co.: EFilm, Mongol Film Group Los Angeles Languages: Mongolian Country, Year, Runtime: Mongolia min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
157 Zolbayar Dorj N.P. Director's biography and filmography Born July in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Director, producer, cinematographer and writer, he debuted in 1996, directing the film AMOUR. In the following years he worked as editor, cinematographer and director. He directed the films: ONE NIGHT (1998), Ballad Of Crazy Love (2001), I Wish My Mother s Kiss (2002), Smell of Water (2005), No Right to Die (2008), Three Meaningfull Heads (2011), Genghis Legend of the Ten (2012), Children of Genghis (2017). Festivals & Awards Mongolian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain 2017: Special Mention in NETPAC Section, Best Cinematography Award in Cathy Pacific Awards Giffoni Film Festival, Italy 2017 Asian World cinema, Los Angeles, USA, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2017 Special Screenings - Best of Countries 159 The Mongolian people from long ago have had a tradition of three cultural games that have always been around during the time of festivities. Mongolian wrestling, racing horses and archery were among the three traditional games. This story will focus on the horse racing tradition. The town s best horse race trainer Bold, has many people gathered at his house for a special announcement. Bold begins to brag about his horses and skills and how no one in town is better than him. Bold begins to talk about his most prized horse, the brown steed that still has yet to find its rider. After hearing this the townspeople recommend Dambii s eldest son Dorj to be the rider. Upon hearing this Bold decides to ask Dambii s son Dorj to be the rider for his horse.
158 Directions 160 Director: Stephan Komandarev Writers: Stephan Komandarev, Simeon Ventsislavov Director of photography: Vesselin Hristov Editor: Nina Altaparmakova Music: Valeria Popova Sound: Tobias Adam Cast: Vasil Banov, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki, Stefan Denolyubov Producers: Vladimir Anastasov, Stephan Komandarev, Angela Nestorovska, Katya Trichkova Production Co.: Argo Film, Aktis Film Production, Sektor Film Skopje Languages: Bulgarian Country, Year, Runtime: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany min
159 Stephan Komandarev Director's biography and filmography Stephan Komandarev is a Bulgarian director, producer and scriptwriter. Born in 1966 in Sofia. He graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University (1999).His previous works include award-winning feature and documentary films, such as: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner ( the first Bulgarian film, shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2010), the most world-wide theatrical released Bulgarian film ever, distributed in 93 countries, won 35 awards at international film festivals); The Judgment (2014) The Town of Badante Women (2009, doc.), Alphabet of Hope (2003, doc.), Bread over the Fence (2002, doc.), Dog's Home (1999, feature). Stephan Komandarev is a Member of the Bulgarian Film Directors' Association and Bulgarian Film Producers' Association. Member of the European Film Academy. Special Screenings - Best of Countries 161 Festivals & Awards Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard, France 2017 Toronto Film Festival, Canada 2017 Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.
160 Rosa Chumbe 162 Director: Jonatan Relayze Writers: Jonatan Relayze, Christopher Vásquez Director of photography: Miguel Angel Valencia Editor: Jonatan Relayze Sound: Omar Pareja, Rosa María Oliart Cast: Liliana Trujillo, Cindy Díaz, Franco Diaz Producers: Eliana Illescas, Jonatan Relayze Production Co.: Yin Zhang Films Languages: Spanish Country, Year, Runtime: Peru min PremiereStatus: National Premiere
161 Jonatan Relayze N.P. Director's biography and filmography Jonatan Relayze Chiang (1981, Lima) is a Chinese Peruvian film director and editor. He made a dozen shorts in 16mm and video, shown in different countries. He was also selected to the Berlinale Talent Campus in He has worked on many Peruvian feature films, and also worked as a freelance editor for several international networks such as Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera and Channel 4. In 2012 he won the Peru s National Production Fund, which led him to produce his first feature film Rosa Chumbe, shown in many festivals around the globe and released in June 2017, lasting for 6 weeks in theaters. The film was selected as the Peruvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Festivals & Awards 2015: Montreal World Film Festival: FIPERSCI Prize in First Film Competition, Social Mention of the First Films Jury/ Lima Latin American Film Festival: Best Peruan Film 2016: Austin International Film Festival of the Americas: Best Feature Film 2017: Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema: Best Actress, Special Mention (International Official Selection) Festival de Cine de Fuengirola: Best Film, Best Actress Special Screenings - Best of Countries 163 It is the middle of October, in the city of Lima, Peru. This is the purple month. The time to commemorate the Lord of Miracles, the most widely venerated image of Christ in the city, with many processions going on around downtown. Rosa Chumbe is a mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem. She lives with her daughter Sheyla, who has a little baby. One day, after a big fight between them, Sheyla steals her mother s savings and storms out of the house leaving her baby behind. Rosa is forced to spend some time with her grandson. Something changes inside her heart of stone. However, everything takes a wrong turn one night. Only a miracle can save her.
162 Secret Ingredient 164 Writer & Director: Gjorce Stavreski Director of photography: Dejan Dimeski Editor: Martin Ivanov Music: Branislav Nikolov Sound: Igor Popovski Cast: Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski Producers: Fragment Film, GraaL S.A. Production Co.: Fragment Film, Graal Films Languages: Macedonian Country, Year, Runtime: Macedonia, Greece min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere
163 Gjorce Stavreski R.P. Director's biography and filmography Gjorce Stavreski is a filmmaker based in Skopje, Macedonia. A former founding member of successful Trice Films and a proud owner of Fragment Film. He writes, directs and produces films, shoots commercials. Gjorce occasionally received awards on international festivals. An underpaid train mechanic uses stolen drugs to make a cake for his father to relieve his cancer pain, but suddenly he finds himself cornered by the criminals who want their drugs back and the nosy neighbors who want the recipe for the healing cake. Special Screenings - Best of Countries 165
164 166 Song of Granite Director: Pat Collins Writers: Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, Sharon Whooley Director of photography: Richard Kendrick Editor: Tadhg O'Sullivan Music: Delphine Measroch Sound: : Sylvain Bellemare Cast: Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe Producers: Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk, Martin Paul-Hus Production Co.: Amerique Film, Harvest Films, ROADS Entertainment, South Wind Blows Languages: Irish, English Country, Year, Runtime: Ireland, Canada min
165 Pat Collins Director's biography and filmography Pat Collins, a native of Cork, has been making films since 1998 and now has more than thirty features, documentaries and short experimental films to his name. His filmography includes documentary works about writers Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John McGahern. He also co-directed a documentary about Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. In 2012 he turned out the feature film Silence, which had its international premiere at the London festival and was distributed by Element Films in Ireland and New Wave Films. Song of Granite is his second feature film. Festivals & Awards Karlovy vary International Film Festival, 2017 Special Screenings - Best of Countries 167 This visually meticulous and mesmerising film revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The stylised black-and-white picture, obscuring the border between documentary and fiction, is a cinematic ballad that invites viewers to join the enigmatic, talented and idiosyncratic artist on his dramatic life journey; along the way we also get a sense of the difficult yet humble life of the people of Ireland over the course of last century. The film takes us to the district of Connemara, and to the village of Carna, Joe Heaney s birthplace, considered the cradle of local folklore, and then the camera accompanies him on his travels round the world. The power and magic of the songs provide the central motif threading its way through the film. The director stages the music scenes so skilfully and suggestively that we feel we are actually present in the room, swept up in the atmosphere along with the rest of the audience. Was it the songs that helped the inhabitants of this magnificent but desolate Irish landscape to survive and commune with God? And what part of his heart and soul must the artist sacrifice in order to satisfy his inner compulsions?
166 Scary Mother 168 Writer & Director: Ana Urushadze DOP: Mindia Esadze Editor: Alexander Kuranov Music: Nika Pasuri Sound: Paata Godziashvili, Irakli Ivanishvili Cast: Nata Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili, Avtandil Makharadze Producers: Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt Production Co.: Artizm, Gemini Languages: Georgian Country, Year, Rutime: Georgia, Estonia min
167 Ana Urushadze Director's biography and filmography Ana Urushadze, born in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1990, graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU) in 2013 and directed several short films such as Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). Sashishi Deda (Scary Mother) is her feature film debut., Her first feature film SCARY MOTHER was selected as the Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Festivals & Awards 2017: Locarno, Best First Feature/ 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival: The Top Prize, the Heart of Sarajevo Special Screenings - Best of Countries 169 Ana Urushadze s remarkable debut feature as writer and director finds a 50-yearold Tblisi housewife, Manana (Nata Murvanidze), in the middle of a torturous struggle, having to choose between her family life in the patriarchal Georgian society and her lifelong passion for writing, which she has repressed for years. Despite the wishes of her husband and three children, and only encouraged by a local stationer who comes to act as her editor (and considers her profane work-in-progress to be a masterpiece), she plunges head on into the artistic abyss, sacrificing herself to her book both mentally and physically, and withdrawing from her maternal duties. When she at last decides to read her novel to her family, and it becomes clear she is using her writing to sublimate her frustrations, all hell breaks loose. Anchored by a sensational performance from Murvanidze, Scary Mother is a fascinating look at a woman s mid-life crisis that, as Manana s fantasy life begins to merge with her reality, shows there are no easy answers.
168 The Miner 170 Writer & Director: Hanna Slak Director of photography: Matthias Pilz Editor: Vladimir Gojun Music: Amélie Legrand Sound: Gabor Ripli Cast: Leon Lučev, Marina Redžepović, Boris Cavazza, Nikolaj Burger Producers: Siniša Juričić, Michel Balagué Languages: Slovenian, Bosnian Country, Year, Runtime: Croatia, Slovenia min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere
169 Hanna Slak A.P. Director's biography and filmography Hanna Slak, Slovenian, born in 1975, Warsaw, based in Berlin, is a film director, multimedia artist and writer. She has written and directed feature films for the big screen (Blind Spot, 2001; Teah, 2007; Rudar, 2017), as well as documentary films and experimental shorts. She also creates video installations and video design for the stage. Her poems have been published in Slovenia, her short plays in English and German have been staged at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. Her films are screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno, and others. Among the awards for her work are Best Director, Best Actor and Best Editing at the Festival of Slovenian Film for Rudar; Silver Bear for Short Film for the experimental documentary Laborat (writer, editor, producer); Best Director at Sofia Film Festival, Best Actress (Manca Dorrer) at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and Don Quijote Prize at Cottbus Film Festival for feature film Blind Spot; Best Camera, Best Sound and Critics Award for Best Film at the Festival of Slovenian Film for children s feature film Teah. Her 3rd feature film Rudar was the Slovenian entry for the 2018 Foreign Language Academy Awards (the Oscars). Special Screenings - Best of Countries 171 Festivals & Awards Warsaw Itl. Fil Festival, Competition, Poland 2017: Special Mention, Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention Festival of Slovenian Film, Competition, Slovenia 2017: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editor Triest International FIlm Festival, Competition, Italy 2018: Young Audience Award The Miner is based on a true story of an immigrant miner in Slovenia, who in a sealed mine, deep underground, finds thousands of bodies of people thrown into a pit after WW2. He affronts the society by insisting to arrange a funeral for those unidentified victims, thus risking his job, the wellbeing of his family, and even his own life.
170 172 Yeva Writer & Director: Anahid Abad Director of photography: Hassan Karimi Editor: Siavash Kordjan Music: Vahan Artsrouni Sound: Babak Ardalan Cast: Sergay Tovmasian, Narina Grigorian, Shant Hovhanisian, Vrejh Kasoni Producer: Taghi Ali Gholizadeh Languages: Armenian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min
171 Anahid Abad Director's biography and filmography Born in an Armenian family in 1969 in Tehran, Anahid Abad holds a BA in Film Directing. During her career she has served as First Assistant Director on numerous movie projects in Iran. She has cooperated with prominent directors such as Alireza Davood Nejad, Abolfazl Jalili, Rasoul Sadrameli, Ahmad Reza Darvish, Varuzh Karim-Masihi, Bahram Beizai, and so on. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Central Board of Assistant Directors & Program Planners Institute of Iran Cinema. In 2010 she became the Head of the institute. Festivals & Awards Palm spring international film festival/ Pomegranate Film Festival Canada: audience choice award/ Tbilisi Film Festival/ Mill Valley Film Festival Special Screenings - Best of Countries 173 Yeva is a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband s tragic death and takes refuge in one of the villages of Karabakh, Armenia Yeva is a complete stranger in this village and is obliged to live her daily life in disguise.
172 Living in the Futures Past 174 Director: Susan Kucera Director of photography: Susan Kucera Editor: Susan Kucera Music: Keefus Ciancia, Bob Holroyd Sound: Andy Hurtado, Ken S. Polk Cast: Jeff Bridges, Piers Seller, Leonard Mlodinow, Timothy Morton, Oren Lyons, Daniel Goleman, Bruce Hood Producers: Jeff Bridges, Susan Kucera, Jim Swift Production Co.: Vision Films Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: United States min
173 Susan Kucera Director's biography and filmography Susan Kucera has been working in film since youth, first as a camera assistant studying the Athabasca Glacier creating educational short films with her father, Glaciologist, Dr.Richard Kucera, for Encyclopaedia Britannica Film Corporation, then as a screenwriter and director of documentaries. She wrote, filmed, directed, edited and co-produced For the Love of Tango starring Broadway s Forever Tango, Jorge Torres (2014). She directed and filmed Improv(e) (2011) a documentary short highlighting the work of the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and the teens from John C. Fremont High School in LA. She directed, filmed, edited and produced award winning Breath of Life, starring Richard Dawkins (2014). She was the Cinematographer for Milkmen (2015). Susan has 3 other films in the works Special Screenings - Our World 175 Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth s household.
174 The Unseen 176 Director: Nicolas Puenzo Writers: Nicolas Puenzo, Lucia Puenzo Director of photography: Nicolas Puenzo Editor: Misael Bustos, Hugo Primero Music: Pedro Canale Sound: Fernando Soldevilla Cast: Peter Lanzani, German Palacios, Juana Burga, Alejandro Awada, Luis Machin, Natalia Oreiro Producers: Nicolás Puenzo, Lucia Puenzo, Luis Puenzo, Esteban Puenzo Production Co.: Historias Cinematográficas S.A. Languages: Spanish, English, Aymara, Quechua Country, Year, Runtime: Argentina, France, Chile min PremiereStatus: Asian Premie
175 Nicolas Puenzo A.P. Director's biography and filmography Nicolás Puenzo cemented his career directing advertising for widespread international brands. He co-directed and photographed the 12-chapter series Cromo currently streaming in Netflix. In parallel to directing, Nicolas is widely recognised as DP, winning the Condor Award for his work in The German Doctor. A pregnant Quechua girl and her creole partner escape from a refugee camp. On their trek south across the Bolivian Highlands, now a barren wasteland controlled by bloody militia groups, they meet Ruiz, a 50-year-old, war-scarred photographer who seeks to save them from the war zone, salvaging what remains of his humanity. Special Screenings - Our World 177
176 United Passions 178 Directors: Frédéric Auburtin Writers: Jean-Paul Delfino, Frédéric Auburtin Director of photography: Inti Briones Editor: Olivier Gajan Music: Jean-Pascal Beintus Sound: Roland Duboué Cast: Sam Neill, Tim Roth, Fisher Stevens Producers: Louisa Maurin, David Poirot-Gozlan Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: France min
177 Frédéric Auburtin Director's biography and filmography Frédéric Auburtin was born on June 4, 1962 in Marseille, France. He is an assistant director and director, known for Paris, je t'aime (2006), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and The Bridge (1999). A group of passionate European mavericks join forces on an ambitious project: the Federation Internationale of Football Association (FIFA). An epic, untold story that brings to life the inspiring saga of the World cup and the three determined men who created it. Driven by their vision and passion, Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, overcame their doubts and fought obstacles and scandals to make the World Cup a reality. Spanning the tumultuous 20th Century, this timeless saga celebrates the game that, despite it all, became not just a worldwide sport, but an expression of hope, spirit, and unity.. Special Screenings - Our World 179
180 Restored Classics 182 Andrzej Wajda Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007). He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. Wajda went to Academy of Fine Arts. From he studied film directing. In 1955 he made his debut as director of full-length A Generation. He won an honorary Oscar (2000) for his contribution to cinema, and an honorary Golden Bear (2006) at the Berlin Film Festival. A Generation Director: Andrzej Wajda Writer: Bohdan Czeszko DOP: Jerzy Lipman Editor: Czeslaw Raniszewski Music: Andrzej Markowski Sound: Józef Koprowicz Cast: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar, Janusz Paluszkiewicz, Ryszard Kotys, Roman Polanski, Ludwik Benoit, Zofia Czerwinska Production Co.: Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" Languages: Polish Country, Year, Runtime: Poland min During the Nazi occupation of Poland, a generation of youth comes of age. Stach and his friends start with spontaneous acts of defiance, which can prove deadly, but have no organized purpose. He recruits his friends, and they become a cell in the resistance. In the background lies the potential conflict between the Communists and the partisans, both anti-nazi, both Polish, and on their own collision course.
181 A.P. King Hu King Hu born in Beijing in 1932 and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 18 and started working as an illustrator for film advertisements saw Hu release his first wuxia film,come Drink with Me, which was a major factor in the contemporary rise of wuxia films. The 1967 Dragon Inn proved to be a blockbuster, setting box-office records in Taiwan, Korea, and the Philippines. The 1992 film Painted Skin would be HU's last. That same year, he received a lifelong achievement award from the Hong Kong DirectorsAssociation. A Touch of Zen Writer & Director: King Hu DOP: HUA Hui-ying Editor: King HU, WANG Chin-chen Music: WU Ta-chiang, LO Ming-tao Sound: Cast: Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, Bai Ying, Xue Han, Tien Peng, Roy Chiao Producers: Hsia Wu Ling-fung, SHA Yung-fong Production Co.: Union Film, International Film Production Languages: Mandarin Chinese Country, Year, Runtime: Hong Kong SAR China, Taiwan min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 1975: Cannes Film Festival, Win Technical Grand Prize 1972: Golden Horse Film Festival: Golden Horse Award for Best Art Direction Restored Classics 183 A young scholar named Gu lives near a rundown mansion rumored to be haunted. One day, he befriends Yang, an icy beauty hiding inside the mansion. After a night of passion with Gu, Yang reveals that her father, an honorable official, was executed by the powerful Eunuch Wei. Now, she is also hounded by Wei s nefarious agents, who attempt to eradicate all trace of her family...
182 N.P. Restored Classics 184 Oldrich Lipský Oldrich Lipský was born on July 4, 1924 in Pelhrimov, Czechoslovakia. He was a writer and director, known for Lemonade Joe (1964), The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981) and Man in Outer Space (1962). He died on October 19, 1986 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Adela Has Not Had Supper Yet Director: Oldrich Lipský Writers: Jirí Brdecka, Oldrich Lipský DOP: Jaroslav Kucera Editor: Miroslav Hájek Music: Lubos Fiser Sound: Jirí Lenoch Cast: Michal Docolomanský, Rudolf Hrusínský, Milos Kopecký, Václav Lohniský, Ladislav Pesek, Nada Konvalinková, Kveta Fialová Producer: Jaromír Lukás Production Co.: Filmové studio Barrandov Languages: Czech Country, Year, Runtime: Czechoslovakia min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 1978: Chicago International Film Festival/ Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, Best Cinematography 1980: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Best Foreign Film When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing against his greatest enemy - the Gardener, who supposedly died years ago in a swamp...
183 Ali Hatami Ali Hatami born in 1944, Tehran was a cinema and television director, producer, screenwriter, set designer and actor. He was graduated in Dramatic Literature from Collage of Dramatic Arts. His first feature film was Hassan Kachal (1970). He had his own style of filmmaking and among his best works are Mother, Soot-e-Delan and Kamal-ol-Molk. In 1996, he died of cancer before finishing his last film, Takhti. Amir Kabir Writer & Director: Ali Hatami DOP: Alireza Mojaveri Edit: Ali Hatami Music: Varoujan Hakhbandian Cast: Jamshid Mashayekhi, Parviz Fanizade, Naser Malek Motiee, Zahra Hatami, Irene Zazians, Jahangir Forouhar, Saeed Poursamimi, Morteza Ahmadi Producer co: National Iranian Radio and Television Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Restored Classics 185 The story begins on Zulqida 12th, 1313 when Malijak wakes Naser Al-Din Shah Qajar to prepare for 50th ceremonies and celebrations of his monarchy. But he is concerned about the prediction of his foreteller: in his 50th year of his monarchy, there will be an assassination attempt on his life. It seems that the king has some regrets about some of his decisions including exiling and assassination of Amir Kabir, his prime minister.
184 Restored Classics 186 Naser Taghvai Naser Taghvai born in 1941 is an Iranian screenwriter and director. Before working in cinema industry, he started his career in TV shows and became known with his TV series. He is the director of the famouse TV series, My Uncle Napoleon and won the Bronze Leopard of Locarno Film Festival for Captain Khorshid in He has made six feature films and an episode in an episodic film (Greek Boat episode of Tales of Kish). He also was a documentary filmmaker and among his best documentaries are Mashhad Carpet, Forough Farrokhzad, Arba een and Jinn Wind. Arba een Director: Naser Taghvai DOP: Mehrdad Fakhimi Edit: Naser Taghvai Music: Cymbal and Dammam by Mourning Group of Behbahani Mosque Sound: Heydar Nakhai Producer: Javad Mirmiran Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Arba een shows an Arba een mourning ceremony in Dehdashti mosque in Bushehr. Film starts with preparation for mourning ceremony, then the sun and sea with the background sound of cymbal and Dammam tell us about an incident.
185 Teinosuke Kinugasa Former female impersonator who entered films in 1917 as an actor, turned to directing in 1922 and made some of the most formally brilliant Japanese films of the following decades. The few of Kinugasa's early works to have reached the West betray a highly mature, sophisticated talent. Gate of Hell (1953) was named best film at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival and won an Oscar for best foreign film. Gate of Hell Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa Writers: Kan Kikuchi, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Masaichi Nagata DOP: Kôhei Sugiyama Editor: Shigeo Nishida Music: Yasushi Akutagawa Sound: Yukio Kaihara, Sakae Nagaoka Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Machiko Kyō, Isao Yamagata, Yatarô Kurokawa, Kôtarô Bandô, Jun Tazaki Producer: Masaichi Nagata Production Co.: Daiei Studios Languages: Japanese Country, Year, Runtime: Japan min Festivals & Awards 1954: Cannes Film Festival won Grand Prize of the Festival/ Locarno International Film Festival/ National Board of Review, USA, won NBR Award/ New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Foreign Language Film 1955: Academy Awards, USA, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Costume Design, Color/ BAFTA Awards 1957: Jussi Awards, Best Foreign Actress Restored Classics 187 In 1160, in the Heian Period, Lord Kiyomori travels with his court to another feud and his Castle Sanjo is invaded by two other lords, in a coup. The loyal samurai Moritoh Enda asks the court lady Kesa to pose of the lord's sister to create a diversion while the lord's real sister and his father flee in the middle of the people. Then Moritoh travels to meet Lord Kiyomon and fights with him to defeat the enemies.
186 Restored Classics 188 Parviz Kimiavi Parviz Kimiavi born in 1939, Tehran is an Iranian director, screenwriter and film editor. He grew up in Nishabur. After high school, he went to France and graduated from l'école Louis Lumière School of Cinematography and ID- HEC. He started his career as an assistant director at TV channel of Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française and continued working there until Then, he directed his short film, Iranian Holy Jean. In 1997, he won the Silver Bear for The Garden of Stones at Berlin Film Festival. Oh Guardian of Deers Director: Parviz Kimiavi DOP: A. Emami Edit: M. Rabani Nezhad Sound: M. Hangval Producer co: National Iranian Radio and Television Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Film starts and ends with the sound of Naqareh. Meantime, we witness beautiful shots of Imam Redha Shrine, servants of holy shrine, a woman who lights a candle and ties down a Dakhil, patients who are there for healing and people who are praying.
187 Peter Weir Peter Lindsay Weir is an Australian film director. He was a leading figure in the Australian New Wave cinema movement ( ), with films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the supernatural thriller The Last Wave (1977) and the historical drama Gallipoli (1981). After the success of The Year of Living Dangerously, Weir directed a diverse group of American and international films covering most genres. Since 2003, Weir's productivity has sharply declined, having directed only one subsequent feature, the critically successful but financial flop The Way Back (2010). N.P. Picnic at Hanging Rock Director: Peter Weir Writer: Cliff Green DOP: Russel Boyd Editor: Max Lemon Music: Bruce Smeaton Sound: Sherry Bell Cast: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray Producers: Hal McElroy, Jim McElroy Production Co.: Australian Film Commission, British Empire Films Australia, McElroy & McElroy Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: Australia min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards British Society of Cinematographer Award: Best Cinematography Restored Classics 189 During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
188 Restored Classics 190 Karen Shakhnazarov Karen Shakhnazarov, film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist, graduated from All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) (class of Igor Talankin) in Since 1976, he has been a film director for Mosfilm. In 1987, he became the artistic director of Mosfilm s creative studio Start, which in 1990 was renamed Courier. Over the years, Shakhnazarov s films have been shown at several of the most prestigious international film festivals where they have garnered more than 20 awards in various categories. N.P. The Assassin of Tsar Director: Karen Shakhnazarov Writers: Alexander Borodyansky, Karen Shakhnazarov DOP: Nikolay Nemolyayev Editor: Lidiya Milioti Music: Vladislav Shut, John altman Sound: Harry Barnes, Igor Mayorov Cast: Oleg Yankovsky, Malcolm McDowell, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Olga Antonova Producers: Karen Shakhnazarov, Benjamin Brahms, Christopher Gawor Production Co.: Mosfilm Languages: Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Russia min PremiereStatus: National Premier Festivals & Awards Belgrade IFF, competition, 1991: Best film Russian Tzar Nikolay II and his family were killed without court and investigation in the town of Ekaterinburg in the nighttime from 16th to 17th June Several decades passed and the former convict and fixture of the mental hospital now who considered himself as assassin tells us about events of that horrible night.
189 N.P. Jean-Luc Godard Jean-Luc Godard, director and critic born in 1930 in Paris. From 1950, he wrote his first critical pieces in La Gazette du Cinéma, together with François Truffaut and Jacques Rivette, before joining two years later the Cahiers du Cinéma. In 1959, he released his first feature A Bout de Souffle. Globally acclaimed, the film became the flagship of the French New Wave. Follows an impressively prolific period in which Godard shot among others Bande à Part, Pierrot le Fou and Masculin Feminin marks a turning point for Godard s carreer, as his art work tends to become more radical. The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company Writers & Directors: Jean-Luc Godard DOP: Caroline CHAMPETIER, Serge LEFRANCOIS Music: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Arvo Part, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchel, Bela Bartok Sound: François MUSY, Pierre Alain BESSE Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Pierre Mocky Producers: Pierre Grimblat Production Co.: JLG Films Languages: French Country, Year, Runtime: France, Switzerland min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Locarno Film Festival 2017/ New York International Film Festival/ Busan International Film Festival/ CPH:PIX/ Underdox Munich/ Mostra de Sao Paulo/ Valdivia IFF/ Gent Film Festival Restored Classics 191 The director Gaspard Bazin is preparing a new feature film. For now, he is still in the casting and financing stages. He s asking the help of Jean Almereyda, a producer once fashionable but now at low ebb, who has more and more difficulties to raise cash for his company. His wife, Eurydice, dreams of being a movie star. Between the two men, a perverse game is starting.
190 Restored Classics 192 Seifollah Dad Seifollah Dad (1955, Koramshahr July 28th, 2009, Tehran) was an Iranian producer, screenwriter and director. He was the co-founder of Sina Film. He was the head of Cinema House s board of directors from 1995 to 1997 and deputy director of cinema at Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance from 1997 to 2000, which is believed to be the golden years of Iran s cinema. Seifollah Dad died of cancer at 54 in Tehran. The Survivor Writer & Director: Seifollah Dad DOP: Alireza Zarrindast Edit: Seifollah Dad Music: Majid Entezami Sound: Mohsen Roshan Cast: Salma Al-Mesri, Bassam Kousa, Jamal Suleiman, Giana Eid, Sabah Barakat, Alaa El Din Koksh, Hani Al-Sadi, Field Smore, Hana Nasour Producer: Manouchehr Mohammadi, Manouchehr Asgarinasab, Seifollah Dad Producer co: Sina Film Language: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Festivals & Awards 1995: 14th Fajr International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention for actress in leading role 1996: Roshd Film Festival / Resistance Film Festival 2002: Palestinian Innocence International Film Festival (Italy) / Palestine International Film Festival 1948, Haifa occupied city, Palestine. Dr. Saeed lives in Haifa with his wife, Latifa, and their son, Farhan. He sees Simeon his childhood neighbor and playmate placing a bomb in a train. Informing the police about the incident is the beginning of his troubles.
192 A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 194 Jonas Carpignano Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up between New York City and Rome. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique in 2015 before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review as well as the Gotham Independent Film Award for breakthrough director. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including best first feature. N.P. A Ciambra Writer & Director: Jonas Carpignano DOP: Tim Curtin Editor: Affonso Gonçalves Music: Dan Romer Sound: Giuseppe Tripodi Cast: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato Producers: Paolo Carpignano, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Gwyn Sannia Production Co.: DCM Pictures, RT Features, Rai Cinema, Sikella Productions, Stayblack Productions Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy, France, United States, Germany min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Cannes Film Festival: Label Europa Cinemas Award (Best European Film)/ Bergen International Film Festival: Cinema Extraordinaire (Director)/ Munich Film Festival/ Stockholm Film Festival/ Zagreb Film Festival 2018: International Cinephile Society Awards: ICS Award for Best Picture/ Palm Springs International Film Festival/ Film Independent Spirit Awards In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region s factions - the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown...
193 Vincenzo Marra Vincenzo Marra was born on September 18, 1972 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Sailing Home (2001), Vento di terra (2004) and Estranei alla massa (2001) N.P. IFA Equilibrium Writer & Director: Vincenzo Marra DOP: Gianluca Laudadio Editor: Luca Benedetti, Arianna Zarini Sound: Claudio Spinelli, Theo Francocci Cast: Mimmo Borrelli, Renato Del Gaudio, GIuseppe D\ ambrosio, Autilia Ranieri Producers: Luigi Musini, OLivia Musini, CEsare APolito Production Co.: Cinemaundici, Lama Film, Rai Cinema, supported by MiBACT, Ela Film Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Natioal Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Mostra Internazionale d Arte Cinematografica di Venezia - Venice days / Busan IFF/ BFI London FF/ Sao Paulo IFF A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 195 Giuseppe is back from serving time as a missionary in Africa. He asks the bishop to be sent to a small town near Naples to replace Don Antonio. Don Antonio has been fighting a battle against pollution of the town, due to the illegal dumping of industrial waste in the infamous Terra dei Fuochi (land of fires), where the local Mafia dumps and burns waste in the open countryside.
194 A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 196 Salvatore Ficarra Valentino Picone Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone started in 1993 as a comedy trio with Salvatore Borrello, performing together on stage as Chiamata Urbana Urgente. In 1998, after Borrello had left the trio the pair began to use their surnames: Ficarra & Picone. In 2000 they made Chiedimi se sono felice and two years later they made their acting debut in Natistanchi. R.P. It's The Law! Directors: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone Writers: Edoardo De Angelis, Salvatore Ficarra, Nicola Guaglianone, Valentino Picone, Fabrizio Testini DOP: Ferran Paredes Editor: Claudio Di Mauro Music: Carlo Crivelli Sound: Pompeo Iaquone Cast: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone, Vincenzo Amato, Leo Gullotta, Antonio Catania, Tony Sperandeo Producers: Attilio De Razza, Giannluca Passone Production Co.: Tramp Ltd., Medusa Film Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Best Comedy/ Golden Ciak Awards/ BIFEST-Bari International Film Festival: Best Original Story In the small Sicilian village of Pietrammare, the election of the new mayor is approaching. The town has been lead for many years by the crooked Gaetano Patanè who is ready to use all deceptions to win again and keep his power...
195 Paola Randi Paola Randi is a director and writer was born in 1970 in Milano, known for Into Paradiso (2010), Little Tito and the Aliens (2017) and Giulietta della spazzatura (2003). A.P. Little Tito and the Aliens Director: Paola Livia Randi Writers: Paola Randi, Massimo Gaudioso, Laura Lamanda Director of photography: Roberto Forza Editor: Desideria Rayner Music: Giordano Corapi, Fausto Mesolella Sound: Stefano Grosso Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Clemence Poesy, Luca Esposito, Chiara Stella Riccio Producers: Angelo Barbagallo, Matilde Barbagallo Production Co.: Bibi Film TV Languages: Italian, English Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 197 Tito, a scientist who works on a secret project for the US government, has always been known as the legendary American Uncle by his nephews, Anita (14) and Little Tito (7). Become orphans, they get to Nevada to join Tito, but find a rather depressed professor, a desert and the secrets of Area 51.
196 A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 198 Giordano Giulivi Giordano Giulivi was born in Rome on August 17, 1974.After his education in humanities, his passion for audiovisual techniques led him to work as an editor at Italian National Television. He has devoted time and attention to this passion, with a continuous process of training and learning by doing that has led him to the management of also innovative techniques, applied with accuracy, method and perseverance that ensure the high quality of the product, despite the limited resources available. A.P. The Laplace's Demon Director: Giordano Giulivi Writers: Duccio Giulivi, Giordano Giulivi DOP: Ferdinando D'Urbano Editor: Giordano Giulivi, Ferdinando D'Urbano Music: Duccio Giulivi Sound: Giordano Giulivi, Ferdinando D'Urbano Cast: Alessandro Zonfrilli, Silvano Bertolin, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Duccio Giulivi, Walter Smorti, Simone Moscato, Simone Valeri, Ferdinando D'Urbano Producers: Silvano Bertolin, Ferdinando D'Urbano, Duccio Giulivi, Giordano Giulivi Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Asian Premier Festivals & Awards 2017: Fantasia International Film Festival Camera Lucida, Audience Award (Silver Prize): Most Innovative Feature Film, Canada Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Special Effects, Best Visual Effects, United States A glass in free fall. Have you ever thought if it is possible to calculate into how many pieces it can break into? After numerous experiments, a team of researchers succeeds in doing just this apparently impossible task. Attracted to their experiment, a mysterious professor invites the scientists in his isolated mansion to know more about their studies...
197 Andrea Segre Andrea Segre Born in Dolo (Venice) in 1976, his career began with important material made for TV, including the documentary Berlino : il muro nella testa (Rai 3, 1999). His filmmaking is concerned with the social and geographical territory of the Veneto region as well as with the issue of migration, following a PhD in Sociology of Communications and his collaboration on several national, international and European projects. N.P. The Order Of Things Director: Andrea Segre Writers: Marco Pettenello, Andrea Seger DOP: Valerio Azzali Editor: Benni Atria Cast: Paolo Pierobon, Giuseppe Battiston, Olivier Rabourdin, Ralph Palka, Valentina Carnelutti, Yusra Warsama Producers: Francesco Bonsembiante, Antoine De Clermont-Tonnerre Languages: Italian, English, Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Italy, France min PremiereStatus: National Premiere A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 199 Corrado, a policeman for the European task force in charge of immigration control, is on a field assignment in Libya. During a night patrol in the desert, he meets Swada, a young Somali woman who left her war-ravaged country in order to try and reach Europe. Corrado gives her something to eat and drink before she resumes her journey...
198 A Retrospective of Italian Cinema 200 Valentina Pedicini Valentina Zucco Pedicini was born in Brindisi in She moved to Rome when she was 18 to study philology and Italian linguistics. She went on to attend the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media and graduated in film directing. Her documentaries have been selected for numerous national and international festivals. Dal Profondo is her feature directorial debut. The project, which was selected for the IDFA Academy and the Berlinale Talent Campus, won the 2012 Solinas Prize for documentary films. F.F.A. Where The Shadows Fall Writer & Director: Valentina Pedicini DOP: Vladan Radovic Music: Giogio' Franchini Cast: Elena Cotta, Federica Rossellini, Raffaella Panichi, Josafat Vagni, Lucrezia Guidone Producer: Domenico Procacci Production Co.: Fandango, RAI Cinema Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: First Film Award Festivals & Awards Venice Film Festival, Italy 2017 Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden, 2017 Busan International Film Festival 2017 Nurse Anna and her assistant Hans work in an old folks home that was once the orphanage where they were imprisoned as children, and they still seem trapped in time and space.
200 A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 202 Mariam Khatchvani Khatchvani graduated in 2008 from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University, Tbilisi.She has directed many short documentaries, including Verdzoba (2006), Beyond the Window (2007), Lichanishi and Kvirikoba (2009). Dinola (2013) is her latest fiction short. N.P. Dede Director: Mariam Khatchvani Writers: Vladimer Katcharava, Mariam Khatchvani, Irakli Solomonashvili DOP: Konstantin Esadze Editor: Levan Kukhashvili Music: Mate Chamgeliani, Tako Jordania Sound: Ivane Gvaradze Cast: George Babluani, Girshel Chelidze, Mose Khachvani, Nukri Khachvani, Natia Vibliani Producers: Mike Downey, Vladimer Katcharava, Igor Nola, Sam Taylor Production Co.: 20 Steps Productions, Film and Music Entertainment Languages: Georgian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia, Qatar min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2017: UNESCO Award Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival, Georgia 2017: Jury Prize Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, US 2017: Production Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic 2017: East of West Award (Special Mention) Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France 2017: Audience Award of Best Film One Woman. Three Men. Dina can challenge the harsh conditions of the deep Caucasus Mountains. But will her spirit survive?
201 Rusudan Glurjidze Rusudan Glurjidze (b. 1972, Tbilisi) took a course in Romance languages and literature in Tbilisi. She then studied screenwriting and direction under Giorgi Shengelaia at the Georgian State Film and Theater Institute ( ). After the breakup of the Soviet Union, which essentially took the film industry down with it, she made a living making commercials and video clips. She worked as 1st AD on G. Shengelaia s comedy The Train Went On and On (Midioda matarebeli). Since 2007 she has also worked as a producer for the Cinetech production company. House of Others Director: Rusudan Glurjidze Writers: David Chubinishvili, Rusudan Glurjidze DOP: Gorka Gómez Andreu Editor: Grigol Palavandishvili, Dmitri Chistyakov, Levan Koukhashvili Music: Dusan Maksimovsky, Alexey Vorobyov Sound: Hrvoje Šimić Cast: Zurab Magalashvili, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Ia Sukhitashvili, Salome Demuria, Ekaterine Japaridze Producers: Olena Yershova, Nadezda Gorshkova, Nadezda Gorshkova Production Co.: Cinetech Film Production Languages: Georgian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia, Russia, Spain, Croatia min Festivals & Awards 2017: American Society of Cinematographers, USA Spotlight Award/ Fajr International Film Festival 2016: Asia Pacific Screen Award, Achievement in Cinematography/ Eurasian International Film Festival, Best Film/ Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, East of West Award/ Sakhalin International Film Festival/ Satellite Awards Best First Feature A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 203 Two families have physically survived the 'real' war, but are incapable of building a new life in peace: war continues in everyday life because the chaos is inside human beings.
202 A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 204 George Ovashvili George Ovashvili (b. 1963, Mtskheta, Georgia, USSR) graduated from the Georgian State Institute of Cinema and Theater (1996) and from the New York Film Academy filmmaking course at Universal Studios in Hollywood (2006). He is a director of both dramas and documentaries that he often produces. He has made a number of memorable shorts: Eye Level (Zgvis donidan / Mzeris doneze ) received an award at the Berlinale and the fest in Odense, both In 2009 KVIFF s East of the West Competition presented his feature debut The Other Bank. Khibula Directors: Giorgi Ovashvili Writers: Roelof-Jan Minneboo DOP: Enrico Lucidi Editor: Sun-Min Kim Music: Joseph Bardanashvili Sound: Sebastian Schmidt Cast: Lika Babluani, Hossein Mahjoob, Kishvard Manvelishvili, Nodar Dzidziguri, Zurab Antelava Producers: George Ovashvili, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille Production Co.: Alamdary Languages: Georgian, Russian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia, Germany, France min Festivals & Awards International Film Festival of India 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017 After being deposed in coup, the president of a newly independent country flees to mountains with a group of supporters sure that he will regain the power to lead his people.
203 Giorgi Barabadze Giorgi Barabadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1982 he graduated from the Theatre and Film Georgia State University - Eldar Shengelaia's Studio. In 1990, he founded first independent film studio, "Shvidkatsa" in Georgia. R.P. IFA Luka Director: Giorgi Barabadze Writers: Ketevan Galdavadze, Giorgi Barabadze DOP: Aleksandre Darakhvelidze Editor: Rusudan Pirveli Music: Qartuli Khmebi Sound: Paata Godziashvili Cast: Lia Kapanadze, Nino Kasradze, Keti Tskhakaia Producers: Ketevan Galdavadze, Nino Jincharadze Languages: Georgian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 205 Lile is deprived of the custody of her son, Luka and the court awards it to Lile's mother-in-law, Luka's grandmother. Time passes. It's 1993, a year that marks the end of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. Luka is killed on a battlefield. His mother arrives to a little village where he was brought up to take her dead son's body and bury him in the place where she lives now
204 A Retrospective of Georgian Cinema 206 Ana Urushadze Ana Urushadze, born in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1990, graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU) in 2013 and directed several short films such as Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). Sashishi Deda (Scary Mother) is her feature film debut., Her first feature film, Scary Mother was selected as the Georgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Scary Mother Writer & Director: Ana Urushadze DOP: Mindia Esadze Editor: Alexander Kuranov Music: Nika Pasuri Sound: Paata Godziashvili, Irakli Ivanishvili Cast: Nata Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili, Avtandil Makharadze Producers: Lasha Khalvashi, Tinatin Kajrishvili, Ivo Felt Production Co.: Artizm, Gemini Languages: Georgian Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia, Estonia min Festivals & Awards 2017: Locarno, Best First Feature/ 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival: the Heart of Sarajevo Award Ana Urushadze s remarkable debut feature as writer and director finds a 50-year-old Tblisi housewife, Manana, in the middle of a torturous struggle, having to choose between her family life in the patriarchal Georgian society and her lifelong passion for writing, which she has repressed for years.
206 Magic Lantern 208 Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar, born in 1962, graduated in Movie Directing from Tehran University of Art. He started hic career with writing, directing and acting and made a number of short 16 mm movies and documentaries. He worked as a director assistant in 1997 on Rage Flames (Hamidreza Ashtianipour) and also co-wrote the script for Fly Over the Rooftops with Mohammadreza Gohari. Int.p. IFA Cypress Under Water Director: Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar Writers: Mohamad Ali Bashe Ahangar, Hamed Bashe Ahangar DOP: Ali Reza Zarindast Editor: Hamid Bashe Ahangar Music: Behzad Abdi Sound: Amir Hosein Ghasemi Cast: Babak Hamidian, Reza Behboudi Producers: Seyed Hamed Hoseini Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Will Jahanbakhsh's secret reveal? This secret will make everyone nervous: Chista, Mahroo, Goodarz, Bahram, Sultan, Jagangir and Major Pooshyass. To prove his innocence, and to restore peace, Jahanbakhsh embarks on a long journey which may turn everyone s life upside down.
207 Simon Hunter Simon Hunter was born in 1969; After graduating from Film school in 1993 Simon went on to write and direct a handful of short films - one of which, Wired. In 2016 Simon completed his third feature film, his passion project, EDIE which tells the tale of an old lady who heads to Scotland to climb a mountain. The movie was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June The movies has subsequently played in film festivals around the world, including Santa Barbara, Dublin, Victoria and HOF. Edie Director: Simon Hunter Writers: Simon Hunter, Elizabeth O'Halloran DOP: August Jakobsson Editor: Olly Stothert Music: Debbie Wiseman Sound: Harald Ansorge Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan Producers: Tim Dennison, Mark Stothert Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: United Kingdom min Festivals & Awards Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2017 Dublin International Film Festival, 2017 Magic Lantern 209 To try and overcome a lifetime of bitterness and resentment, an older lady decides to climb a mountain in Scotland.
208 Magic Lantern 210 Elvin Abdulla Elvin Abdulla was born in 1990 in Shaki Azerbaijan. He is the manager of Dream Big Film Company. Khennas is his first feature film. Int.p. IFA Khennas Director: Elvin Abdulla Writers: Elvin Abdulla, Nijat Dadashov DOP: Sabuhi Atababayev Music: Ruhin Mammadov Sound: Seymur Aliyev Cast: Hikmat Rahimov, Parvin Abıyeva, Türkay Cafarli, Qorqud Cafarli, Nargiz Aliyeva, Zarina Qurbanova, Zemfira Abdulsamadova Producer: Elvin Abdulla Production Co.: Dream Big Company Languages: Azeri Country, Year, Runtime: Azerbaijan min PremiereStatus: International Perimere A recurring dream on his birthday makes a guy to return to a house with his wife and friends, somewhere he has been forbidden to go to for years. He will find out about a series of mysterious events in this place which is somehow related to his grandfather.
209 A.P. R. Paul Wilson R. Paul Wilson is a world-renowned magician, author and expert on the art of deception. In 2013, after a successful career in television, he released the award-winning short The Magic Box before producing and directing the feature documentary Our Magic. In 2015 he convinced his cast and crew to join him for Con Men and produced and directed a full-length feature for less than 5000 Isolani is his second scripted feature. Isolani Writer & Director: R. Paul Wilson DOP: Alan C McLaughlin Editor: Arpie Inslow, R Paul Wilson Music: Reyn Ouwehand, Yori Swart Sound: Iain Anderson, David McKeitch Cast: Diane Brooks Webster, Gianni Capaldi, Kate McLaughlin, Neb Chupin Producers: Lisa Hague, R. Paul Wilson Production Co.: Lola Pictures Ltd Languages: English Country, Year, Runtime: United Kingdom min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: British Independent Film Awards/ Cameraimage/ Orlano Film Festival: Best cinematography/ Raindance Film Festival: Best Uk Feature/ Sydney Indie Film Festival: Best Female Lead Magic Lantern 211 When seventeen years old single mother, Isla Corrie witnesses the murder of a police informant she becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Manipulated by an ambitious prosecutor and a corrupt police detective, Isla must find a way to protect her son before a killer realizes there's a new witness.
210 Magic Lantern 212 Salvatore Ficarra Valentino Picone Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone started in 1993 as a comedy trio with Salvatore Borrello, performing together on stage as Chiamata Urbana Urgente. In 1998, after Borrello had left the trio the pair began to use their surnames: Ficarra & Picone. In 2000 they made Chiedimi se sono felice and two years later they made their acting debut in Natistanchi. R.P. It's The Law! Directors: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone Writers: Edoardo De Angelis, Salvatore Ficarra, Nicola Guaglianone, Valentino Picone, Fabrizio Testini DOP: Ferran Paredes Editor: Claudio Di Mauro Music: Carlo Crivelli Sound: Pompeo Iaquone Cast: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone, Vincenzo Amato, Leo Gullotta, Antonio Catania, Tony Sperandeo Producers: Attilio De Razza, Giannluca Passone Production Co.: Tramp Ltd., Medusa Film Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Best Comedy/ Golden Ciak Awards/ BIFEST-Bari International Film Festival: Best Original Story In the small Sicilian village of Pietrammare, the election of the new mayor is approaching. The town has been lead for many years by the crooked Gaetano Patanè who is ready to use all deceptions to win again and keep his power...
211 Serge Bozon Serge Bozon was born on November 8, He is an actor and director, known for La France (2007), Tip Top (2013) and Mods (2002). Some of his movies are Mrs. Hyde (2017)/ Tip Top (2012)/ La France (2007)/ Mods (2002)/ L amitié (1998). N.P. Mrs Hyde Director: Serge Bozon Writers: Axelle Ropert, Serge Bozon DOP: Céline Bozon Editor: François Quiqueré Music: Benjamin Esdraffo Sound: Laurent Gabiot Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, José Garcia Producers: David Thion, Philippe Martin Production Co.: Les Films Pelléas, Arte France Cinéma, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma Languages: French Country, Year, Runtime: France min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards Locarno Film Festival, Official Selection, 2017 Magic Lantern 213 Mrs. Géquil is a shy teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, while conducting an experiment in her lab, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different and the appearance of the dangerous Mrs. Hyde soon impacts on Mrs. Géquil s teaching methods.
212 Magic Lantern 214 Kamal Tabrizi Kamal Tabrizi, Iranian director and screenwriter, Kamal Tabrizi, was born in Tehran in He has graduated in cinema from Tehran University of Art, Faculty of Cinema and Theater. He started his cinematic career in 1979 with directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing for short films. He has been a jury member at Fajr International Film Festival several times. He has also received a number of prizes, such as the special jury award for Wind Carpet and the Crystal Simorgh for best scenario for Leily is With Me from FIFF. W.P. Sly Director: Kamal Tabrizi Writer: Aydin Sayar Sari DOP: Ali Tabrizi Edit: Sohrab Khosravi Music: Bomrani Band Sound: Bahman Ardalan Cast: Hamed Behdad, Vishka Asayesh, Mani Haghighi, Azadeh Samadi Producer: Javad Norouzbeigi Language: Persian Country/Year/Runtime: Iran/ 2018/ 90 min PremiereStatus: World Perimiere Ghodratollah Samadi is a presumptuous man who wishes to be a parliament representative.
213 Samuel Jouy Samuel Jouy Born in 1975 in France, Samuel Jouy began his acting career onstage. On TV, he co-starred in well-known multi season series such as Ainsi soient-ils. For the cinema, he appeared in French Blood by Diastéme and will star in Burn Out by Yann Gozlan. Jouy wrote the script for his directorial debut Sparring, which stars Mathieu Kassovitz. Sparring Writer & Director: Samuel Jouy DOP: Romain Carcanade Editor: Tina Baz Music: Olivia Merilahti Sound: Jérôme Chenevoy Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivia Merilahti, Souleymane M'Baye, Billie Blain, Lyes Salem Producer: Bruno Nahon Production Co.: Unité de Production Language: French Country, Year, Runtime: France min Festivals & Awards 2017: Locarno Film Festival, Variety Piazza Grande Award: Prix du Public UBS/ Tokyo film festival Magic Lantern 215 A touring, second-rate boxer is chosen to be a sparring partner for the European champion, giving him the chance to hang up his gloves and go back to his beloved family in this gripping portrayal of a beautiful loser.
214 A.P. Magic Lantern 216 Giordano Giulivi Giordano Giulivi was born in Rome in1974.after his education in humanities, his passion for audiovisual techniques led him to work as an editor at Italian National Television. He has devoted time and attention to this passion, with a continuous process of training and learning by doing that has led him to the management of also innovative techniques, applied with accuracy, method and perseverance that ensure the high quality of the product, despite the limited resources available. The Laplace s Demon Director: Giordano Giulivi Writers: Duccio Giulivi, Giordano Giulivi DOP: Ferdinando D Urbano Editor: Giordano Giulivi, Ferdinando D Urbano Music: Duccio Giulivi Sound: Giordano Giulivi, Ferdinando D Urbano Cast: Alessandro Zonfrilli, Silvano Bertolin, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Duccio Giulivi, Walter Smorti, Simone Moscato, Simone Valeri, Ferdinando D Urbano Producers: Silvano Bertolin, Ferdinando D Urbano, Duccio Giulivi, Giordano Giulivi Languages: Italian Country, Year, Runtime: Italy min PremiereStatus: Asian Premier Festivals & Awards 2017: Fantasia International Film Festival Camera Lucida, Audience Award (Silver Prize): Most Innovative Feature Film, Canada Screamfest Horror Film Festival: Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Special Effects, Best Visual Effects, United States A glass in free fall. Have you ever thought if it is possible to calculate into how many pieces it can break into? After numerous experiments, a team of researchers succeeds in doing just this apparently impossible task. Attracted to their experiment, a mysterious professor invites the scientists in his isolated mansion to know more about their studies...
215 Ore-Eda Hirokazu Born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University in 1987, Kore-eda joined TV Man Union where he directed several prizewinning documentary programs. In 2014, he launched his production company BUN-BUKU. In 2001, Distance was selected in Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and the star of his fourth work Nobody Knows (2004), Yagira Yuya, garnered much attention as the youngest person ever to receive the Cannes Film Festival s Best Actor Award. N.P. The Third Murder Writer & Director: Ore-Eda Hirokazu DOP: Takimoto Mikiya Editor: Kore-eda Hirokazu Music: Ludovico Einaudi Sound: Tomita Kazuhiko Cast: Hirose Suzu, Fukuyama Masaharu, Yakusho Koji Producers: Matsuzaki Kaoru, Taguchi Hijiri Production Co.: Gaga Corporation Languages: Japanese Country, Year, Runtime: Japan min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Magic Lantern 217 The Third Murder is the new film from internationally-acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu - the powerfully moving story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law.
216 Magic Lantern 218 Nimród Antal Nimród Antal Born in 1973 in Los Angeles, Nimród Antal started his film studies at the Film Workshop of the Pasadena Art Center in Kontroll was awarded the 23rd Prix de la Jeunesse presented in the Un Certain Regard of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Kontroll is Nimród Antal's first full-length feature film. Following its international premiere in Cannes it has been screened at over 50 international film festivals and got 11 prizes including the Special Prize of the Jury in Sochi, Best Director and Best Cinematography in Copenhagen, the Audience Award in Warsaw and the Gold Hugo in Chicago. A.P. The Whiskey Bandit Writer & Director: Nimród Antal DOP: Péter Szatmári Editor: Zoltán Kovács Music: Yonderboi Sound: Gábor Balázs Cast: Bence Szalay, Piroska Móga, Zoltán Schneider, Viktor Klem, György Gazsó Producers: Tamás Hutlassa Production Co.: Film Force Team Languages: Hungarian, Romanian Country, Year, Runtime: Hungary min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Chicago international film festival / Warsaw International Film Festival 2018: Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival/ Vienna Let s Cee Film Festival/ Liege Policier Int l FF/ Hungarian Film Awards: Best Editor, Best Sound Editor Between 1993 and 1999, one man robbed 29 financial institutions in Budapest. Banks, post offices and even travel agencies fell victim to his crime spree. The police had no leads and no hope of finding him during his six-year stint. The only clue left behind at the crime scenes was the distinct aroma of whiskey. The media christened him the Whiskey Bandit.
217 W.P. F.F.A. Abbas Nezam Doost Abbas Nezam Doost was born in 1980 in Rudbar. He worked as an assistant director on different projects such as Arghavan and A Romantic Robbery. Ordinary Life of Mr. Mozafari and Oxidant are among his short films. He was one of the nominees at Tehran Short Film Festival. NETPAC A Bigger Game Director: Abbas Nezam Doost Writer: Majid Eslami DOP: Masoud Amini Tirani Edit: Mastaneh Mohajer Sound: Iraj Shahzadi Cast: Ali Mosaffa, Hanieh Tavasoli, Negar Javaherian, Saeed Changizian, Siheila Golestani, Mahsa Alafar, Fahimeh Amnzadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Hamid Pourazari Producer: Mohammad Ali Najafi Language: Persian Country/ Year/ Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Perimiere Magic Lantern 219 Some old friends gather around in the inherited house of one of them but things get out of hand with arrival of new guests.
220 Broken Olive Branches 222 Morteza Atash Zamzam Morteza Atash Zamzam is an Iranian cinema and TV director and producer. He was born in 1977 in Isfahan and graduated in Computer Science from Isfahan University. He is a director and producer of several feature films, documentaries and TV series. W.P. NETPAC Buddha s Shame Director: Morteza Atash Zamzam Writer: Reza Behnam Rad DOP: Morteza Khan Mohammad Edit: Kavous Aghaei Sound: Masoud Ardalani Cast: Tamana Bent Akbar Producer: Reza Shakeri Producer co: Image Sanat Cinema Language: Persian, English, Arabic, Bengali Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min. PremiereStatus: World premiere Traveling to Myanmar and Bangladesh borders and observing the life of Rohingya refugees.
221 Mohammad Ali Rakhshani Mohammad Ali Rakhshani was born in 1980 in Zahedan. He has successfully completed the one-year filmmaking course at the Young-Zahedan Cinema Society. He made his first film in one of the villages around Iranshahr. This documentary is based on the theme of the local footwear called SOVAS. His films have been featured in several national and international festivals, and won over 30 award. W.P. Delete All Writer & Director: Mohammad Ali Rakhshani DOP: Iman Tahsin Editor: Iman Tahsin Music: Mohnaz Ghamkhar Sound: Amir Mohabati, Sara Nasr Abadi Cast: Iman Nazifi, Taybe Aghighi, Morteza khanjani Producers: Naghi Nemati Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World premiere Broken Olive Branches 223 Two ISIS enter a houses in the town of Kobani Syria, one of them has a camera in his hand. He finds another camera in the house.
222 Broken Olive Branches 224 Raed Andoni Raed Andoni born in Amman, Jordan in 1967, he is a Palestinian director and producer who began his career in the film industry in 1997 as an independent producer. He is co-founder of Dar Films production company in Ramallah and Les Films de Zayna in Paris. His debut feature-length documentary Fix Me screened at both the Sundance Film Festival and at Cannes. N.P. Ghost Hunting Writer & Director: Raed Andoni DOP: Camille Cottagnoud Editor: Gladys Joujou Sound: Nicolas Becker, Olivier Claude Cast: Ramzi Maqdisi, Mohammed Khattab, Raed Andoni, Atef Al-Akhras Producer: Palmyre Badinier Production Co.: Films de Zayna, Arte France Languages: Arabic, English Country, Year, Runtime: Palestine, France, Swaziland, Qatar min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Berlin International Film Festival, Germany: Glasshütte Original Documentary Award/ Philadelphia Film Festival, US/ Seattle International Film Festival, US/ Sheffield International Documentary Festival Some Palestinians who were held in an Israeli detention center are assembled to re-enact their experience in an effort to heal.
223 Julia Bacha Julia Bacha is a Peabody and Guggenheim award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at Just Vision, a nonprofit that highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, she has strategically used documentary film and multi-media to foster constructive conversations on some of the most divisive issues of our times. N.P. Naila and the Uprising Director: Julia Bacha Writer: Tristan Capacchione DOP: Talal Jabari Editor: Flávia De Souza, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi Sound: Issam Rishmawi, Judith Gruber-Stitzer Music: Tristan Capacchione Producers: Rula Salameh, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English Country, Year, Runtime: Palestine, United States min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Broken Olive Branches 225 When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.
224 Broken Olive Branches 226 Joud Said Joud Said was born in Damascus in and graduated from Louis Lumière college in France. He directed two short movies: «Monologue» in 2007 and «Goodbye» in «Once Again» (2009), «My last friend» (2012), and «Waiting for the Fall» (2014) are his feature films. A.P. IFA The Rain of Homs Director: Joud Said Writers: Joud Said, Samah Kattal DOP: Wael Ezz Al Deen Editor: Rauf Zaza Cast: Mohamed El Ahmad, Lama Hakim, Hussein Abbass, Bashar Ismail, Karam Shaarani Production Co.: Adamz Production Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Syria min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Cario international film festival/ Carthage Film Festival A man with his nephew and a woman with her five-year-old sister, coming from a different political background in Syria, are left in the destroyed city of Homs during the war in They struggle under the fire and wonder how their rising love will save them from death.
225 Andac Haznedaroğlu Andac Haznedaroğlu was born in Ankara, Turkey. She graduated from the Acting Program of the Performing Arts and Theatre Department at Anadolu University State Conservatory. In 2004 Haznedaroglu founded her own production company Andac Film Productions, and made her feature film debut Everything for Love (2016). on her second Film The Guest She was also the producer. Her third film Hot Sweet And Sour, is the first Turkish and Korean co-production. A.P. IFA The Guest Writer & Director: Andac Haznedaroglu DOP: Hayk Kirakosyan Editor: Can Yagan, Ahmet Hafez Music: Toygar Isikli Sound: Fatih Ragbet Cast: Saba mubarek, Rawan skeff, Shebnem Donmez Producer: Andac Haznedaroğlu, Ali Bayrakltar, Emre Oskay Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey min PremiereStatus: Asian Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Boğaziçi Film Festival, Turkey: Best Film, Best Editing / Antalya film festival, Turkey: Best Audience Award Broken Olive Branches 227 This film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their flight from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten year old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other Syrian refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem's hope is to reach Europe...
226 Broken Olive Branches 228 Mohamed Al-Daradji Mohamed Al-Daradji studied in Baghdad, Iraq and Hilversum, Netherlands before travelling to the UK to complete Masters degrees in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds. In 2003, following the invasion of Iraq, Mohamed returned to his native country to make his first feature film, Ahlaam. The film screened at over 125 international festivals, receiving 22 awards, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe consideration, establishing Mohamed as a revered international filmmaker. N.P. The Journey Director: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji Writers: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead DOP: Duraid Al-Munajim Editor: Herve de Luz, Pascale Chavance, Mohamed Al-daradji Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabian Kourtzer Sound: Oliver Laurent Cast: Ameer Ali Jabarah, Zahraa Gandour Producers: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead Production Co.: IIFC Languages: Arabic, English Country, Year, Runtime: Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar, Netherlands min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Sara enters Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman.
227 Stefanie Brockhaus Stefanie Brockhaus and Andy Wolff are independent filmmakers from Munich, Germany. Stefanie Brockhaus first short film JAM won the Lux Award for Best Experimental Film at the ICA in It was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and at film festivals in Sheffield and Clermont-Ferrand, among others. Brockhaus feature documentary debut On The Other Side Of Life, which she co-directed with Andy Wolff, had its US premiere at SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas (2010). It had its European Premiere at DOK Leipzig. Andreas Wolff The Poetess N.P. Writers & Directors: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff DOP: Tobias Tempel, Stefanie Brockhaus Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, Anja Preseren Cast: Hissa Hilal Producer: Andreas Wolff Languages: Arabic, English, French Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min PremiereStatus: National Premiere Festivals & Awards 2017: Locarno International Film Festival/ Leipzig DOK Festival Broken Olive Branches 229 The inspirational and uplifting story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi Arabian housewife who entered a high-profile poetry competition on TV, Million s Poet. Facing down a barrage of predominantly male rivals, selftaught poet Hissa not only makes it through to the finals, but declaims a poem of female empowerment and emancipation.
228 Broken Olive Branches 230 Seifollah Dad Seifollah Dad (1955, Koramshahr July 28th, 2009, Tehran) was an Iranian producer, screenwriter and director. He was the co-founder of Sina Film. He was the head of Cinema House s board of directors from 1995 to 1997 and deputy director of cinema at Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance from 1997 to 2000, which is believed to be the golden years of Iran s cinema. Seifollah Dad died of cancer at 54 in Tehran. The Survivor Writer & Director: Seifollah Dad DOP: Alireza Zarrindast Edit: Seifollah Dad Music: Majid Entezami Sound: Mohsen Roshan Cast: Salma Al-Mesri, Bassam Kousa, Jamal Suleiman, Giana Eid, Sabah Barakat, Alaa El Din Koksh, Hani Al-Sadi, Field Smore, Hana Nasour Producer: Manouchehr Mohammadi, Manouchehr Asgarinasab, Seifollah Dad Producer co: Sina Film Language: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Festivals & Awards 1995: 14th Fajr International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention for actress in leading role 1996: Roshd Film Festival / Resistance Film Festival 2002: Palestinian Innocence International Film Festival (Italy) / Palestine International Film Festival 1948, Haifa occupied city, Palestine. Dr. Saeed lives in Haifa with his wife, Latifa, and their son, Farhan. He sees Simeon his childhood neighbor and playmate placing a bomb in a train. Informing the police about the incident is the beginning of his troubles.
229 Mohammad Ali Shabani Mohammad Ali Shabani was born in 1986 and graduated in Film Editing from Art University. His documentary, Symphony of Interpellation, won Crystal Symorgh at 33th Fajr Film Festival. His works has been selected in Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite and Fajr Film Festival for several times. W.P. NETPAC The Story of Yemen Writer & Director: Mohammad Ali Shabani DOP: Mostafa Seyfi Edit: Alireza Bayati Sound: Majid Nikbakht Producer: Seyed Ahad Mikaelzadeh Language: Arabic, English Country/Year/Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Broken Olive Branches 231 The Story of Yemen shows the impact of war on Yemen ecosystem.
230 Broken Olive Branches 232 Rashid MASHARAWI Rashid Masharawi (1962, Gaza) grew up in a Shati refugee camp on the Gaza Strip. As a self-taught film maker, he made his first films at the age of 18, followed by his first real short, Travel Document, in He is the founder of the Cinema Production and Distribution Centre (1996) in Ramallah, which supports Palestinian cinem. R.P. Writing On Snow Director: Rashid Mashrawi Writers: Rashid Mashrawi, Ibrahim Mozain Director of photography: Sofian El Fani Editor: Pascale Chavance, Mehdi Barsaoui Music: Kais Sallami Sound: Faouzi Thabet, Moez Cheikh Cast: Ghassan Massoud, Amr Waked, Ramzi Maqdisi, Areen Omari, Yumna Marwan Producers: Rashid Masharawi, Habib Attia, Abdelsalam Abu Askar Languages: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt min PremiereStatus: Regional Premiere The film take place in one night. Five Palestinians are trapped inside a small apartment during the war on Gaza Strip. Political and social divisions among themselves, and religious intolerance, and the lack of acceptance of the other despite the difference, are factors that go beyond their solidarity and weaken their resistance against the Israeli occupation.
231 Behrouz Nouranipour Behrouz Nouranipour was born in Sanandaj in He began his artistic career as a photographer from the Sanandaj Office of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 1995, and in 2003, he graduated from university in Film Directing. Filmography: Little Ambassadors (Safiran-e Kouchak)/ The Last Wish (Akharin Arezoo)/ A Touch in Darkness/ Die Strong/ Promise in the ooze (Mi ad Dar Lajan)/ the Delta of Peace (Delta-ye Solh)/ Visiting in Iranian Style/ Snow Doesn t Melt Here/ A Criminal in Silence/ Documentary Series Harmonica/ Iranian Ramathan/ Iranian Man W.P. Dayan Writer & Director: Behrouz Nouranipour DOP: Saman Latifian Editor: Sajad Pahlevanzadeh Music: Massoud Sekhavatdoost Sound: Behnam Sheikhahmadi Cast: Naser babayian, Abdollah Zavare, Bahar Marofi Producers: Soureh Cinema Org Hozeh Honari Languages: Kurdish Country, Year, Rutime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Broken Olive Branches 233 A story about tomorrow's "war" and people who live in a village and are working hard for tomorrow.
234 the 7th Hour 236 Emmanuelle Bercot Born in 1967, Emmanuelle Bercot is a French actress, film director and screenwriter. Her film Clément was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.Her 2013 film On My Way premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Her 2015 film StandingTall was selected to open the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Bercot won the award for Best Actress for her role in Mon roi. N.P. 150 Milligrams Director: Emmanuelle Bercot Writers: Séverine Bosschem, Emmanuelle Bercot, Romain Compingt DOP: Guillaume Schiffman Editor: Julien Leloup Music: Martin Wheeler Cast: Benoît Magimel, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Philippe Uchan, Charlotte Laemmel Producers: Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta Languages: French Country, Year, Runtime: France min Premiere Status: National Premiere Festivals & Awards César Awards nominated for: Best Actress, best adaptation / Lumières Awards nominated for Best Actress In the hospital where she works in Brest, France, a lung specialist discovers a direct link between suspicious deaths and state-approved medicine. She fights single-handedly for the truth to come out. The story of Irène Frachon, who broke the mediator scandal, erin brockovich, French style. Based on the book by Irène Frachon Mediator 150mg
235 Kianoush Abedi Kianoush Abedi, started his career in 1999 as an animation director. Over the years he has made 12 TV animation series and 9 Short films which has been selected and awarded in international film festivals around the world. R.P. Alphabet Writer & Director: Kianoush Abedi Animator: Farnoush Abedi Editor: Kianoush Abedi Music: Soroush Abedi Sound: Soroush Abedi Production Co.: Documentary & Experimental Film Center Languages: No Dialogue Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Premiere Status: Regional Premiere the 7th Hour 237 The 6-minute animated piece depicts a nation that has forgotten the alphabet of living. They cannot see, cannot hear, and cannot speak, but the words are waiting for them eagerly.
236 the 7th Hour 238 Reyhaneh Kavosh Reyhaneh Kavosh born in 1984, graduated in Animation Directing from Iran Broadcasting University. She has a long career in animation, illustrating and graphic. Her works has been selected and awarded in a number of International festivals. W.P. Crow s Nest Writer & Director: Reyhaneh Kavosh Editor: Mohammad Tabasi Music: Maziar Zare Sound: Aboufazel Masoudi Producers: Ali Reis Languages: No Dialogue Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere The crow who love pumpkin decided to build his nest on scarecrow's head. Farm owner who is interested in photography noticed that crow is there. he is too angry but after a while they become friend.
237 Halkawt Mustafa Halkawt Mustafa (b. 1985) was born in Sulaymani,Kurdistan in northern Iraq. He moved to Norway with his family in 2000 and is a Norwegian citizen. He got his education at NISS (Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio), and made his debut as a feature film director with Red Heart in A.P. El Clasico Director: Halkawt Mustafa Writers: Anders Fagerholt, Halkawt Mustafa DOP: Kjell Vassdal Editor: Inge-Lise Langfeldt Sound: Bahman Ardalan, Merete Mongstad Music: Trond Bjerknes Cast: Wrya Ahmed, Dana Ahmes, Kamaran Raoof, Rozhin Sharifi Producer: Halkawt Mustafa Production Co.: Hene Film, Hocus Focus Language: Kurdish, Arabic Country, Year, Min.: Iraq, Norway min PremiereStatus: Asian Premier Festivals & Awards 2015: Dubai International Film Festival 2016: TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival/ Tribeca Film Festival the 7th Hour 239 A captivating adventure, El Clásico sees Alan and his brother undertake a risky trip all the way from Iraqi Kurdistan to Spain, to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and win over Gona s father, who is a true Real Madrid fan.
238 the 7th Hour 240 Mohammad Reza Haji Gholami Mohammad Reza Haji Gholami was born in 1981 and graduated in Cinema. Zendeh Dar Khak, Letter on Water, and Zooran are his documentaries and Bus Stop is one of his Short films. W.P. Hello Director: Mohammad Reza Haji Gholami Writer: Akram Sadeghi DOP: Ramin Rastjoo Music: Mojtaba Habibi Sound: Jamal Dehghan Cast: Sajad Esmaeili, Amir Hosseini Azizi Producers: Gibreel Najafi, Hossein Asadizadeh Production Co.: House of Fiction Films Languages: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere Festivals & Awards 7th Amar Film Festival: Lantern of Best Fiction Film The story is about a shy boy who thinks that his father has been martyred in Syria. For his father s wellbeing, he vows to say hello to several peopl
239 W.P. Reyhaneh Kavosh Reyhaneh Kavosh born in 1984, graduated in Animation Directing from Iran Broadcasting University. She has a long career in animation, illustrating and graphic. Her work has been selected and awarded in a number of International festivals. Moon Said: Blop Blop, Help! the 7th Hour Director: Reyhaneh Kavosh Writer: Leila Honarkar Music: Mehdi Ghashghaei Producers: Ali Reis Languages: Frasi Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min PremiereStatus: World Premiere 241 Whale has fallen in love with the moon. At nights he tries to jump up high to get to it. One night he hears a dreadful sound and suddenly realize moon is in the sea, he is filled with joy but soon finds out the moon shine is fading away.
240 the 7th Hour 242 Garth Davis Garth Davis is an Australian television, film and commercial director, best known for directing episodes of the series Top of the Lake (2013), for which he received Emmy and BAFTA nominations. In 2008, he won a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and a D&AD Pencil for Schweppes Burst and in 2010 he received a finalist nomination in Directors Guild of America for best commercials director. Lion Director: Garth Davis Writers: Luke Davies DOP: Greig Fraser Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi Music: Hauschka Dustin O Halloran Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman Producers: Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman Languages: English, Hindi Country, Year, Runtime: Australia, 2016, 120 min Festivals & Awards Toronto International Film Festival/ 6 Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay/ 5 nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards Five years old Saroo, gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family.
241 Hadi Mohammadian Hadi Mohamadian was born in 1982 in Tehran. He studied BH in Graphics. Int.p. The Elephant King Director: Hadi Mohammadian Writers: MohammadBagher Mofidikia, Hadi Mohammadian, MohammadAli Ramezanpoor, Abbas Shrara Editor: Hassan Ayoubi Music: Sattar Oraki Sound: Kamel Harb Producer: Hamed Jafari Production Co.: Honarpooya Group, Meem Cultural Productions Languages: Persian Country, Year, Rutime: Iran, Lebanon min PremiereStatus: International Premiere Festivals & Awards 36th Fajr National Film Festival the 7th Hour 243 On one of the islands of Eritrea, "Under" the head of the savage wildlife hunters is seeking to enter the land of Ivory "the elephant home" and hunt the huge animals for sale to the king. Elephants were celebrating the birth of the king's son, Shadphant, whose birth was a disappointment. Because his obesity was a source of many problems. However, the attack on the island would make him closer to everyone's heart.
242 the 7th Hour 244 Samuel Jouy Samuel Jouy Born in 1975 in France, Samuel Jouy began his acting career onstage. On TV, he co-starred in well-known multi season series such as Ainsi soient-ils. For the cinema, he appeared in French Blood by Diastéme and will star in Burn Out by Yann Gozlan. Jouy wrote the script for his directorial debut Sparring, which stars Mathieu Kassovitz. Sparring Writer & Director: Samuel Jouy DOP: Romain Carcanade Editor: Tina Baz Music: Olivia Merilahti Sound: Jérôme Chenevoy Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivia Merilahti, Souleymane M'Baye, Billie Blain, Lyes Salem Producer: Bruno Nahon Production Co.: Unité de Production Language: French Country, Year, Runtime: France min Festivals & Awards 2017: Locarno Film Festival, Variety Piazza Grande Award: Prix du Public UBS/ Tokyo film festival A touring, second-rate boxer is chosen to be a sparring partner for the European champion, giving him the chance to hang up his gloves and go back to his beloved family in this gripping portrayal of a beautiful loser.
243 Mark Osborne Mark Osborne was born in Treton, New Jersey. The two-time Oscar nominee is known for his work in animated features, among them The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and Kung Fu Panda (2009). The Little Prince (2015) is his latest film The Little Prince Director: Mark Osborne Writers: Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti DOP: Adel Abada, Kris Kapp Editors: Carole Kravetz, Matt Landon Music: Richard Harvey, Hans Zimmer Cast: Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Benicio De Toro Producers: Dimitri Rassam, Aton Soumache, Alexis Vonarb Production Co.: Orange Studio, M6 FILMS, LPPTV, On Animation Studios OV: French, English Country, Year, Min.: France, Canada min Festivals & Awards 2015: 68th Cannes Film Festival Award 2016: César Awards: Best Animated Feature Film the 7th Hour 245 A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.
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246 German Short Films - Berlinale 248 Architektura Directors: Ulu Braun/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min PremiereStatus: : In the beginning there was a brick, which flew through space. It flew past skyscrapers in a city in Asia and keeps reappearing in this film about construction and destruction. Brick by brick where will that ultimately lead? A father shows the world to his child that will be all yours one day, he says. Soap bubbles float upward. It is all a cyclical affair. The tableaux Ulu Braun assembles are playful, associative, colourful and powerful. In his realm of imagery, sizes, relations and contexts become malleable. Owing to the deconstruction of proportions and coherencies, Ulu Braun s narrative becomes a fable. Architecture is the game of positioning bodies in light. Darkness needs its space. The future is already misaligned. Oh Brother Octopus Director: Florian Kunert/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min Director s bio: Ulu Braun, born in Bavaria, Germany in 1976, studied painting and experimental film in Vienna and Helsinki followed by animation at the Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television in Potsdam. In 2013 & 2014, his films Forst and Birds screened in the Berlinale Shorts. Braun has won numerous awards for his work, including the German Short Film Award : The sea nomads of Indonesia believe that every newborn child has a twin brother in the form of an octopus. Various rituals are carried out in order to live in peace with the twin and prevent misfortune. According to myth, if something terrible does happen, it is said to be the octopus taking apocalyptic revenge. It s similar in reality: The apocalypse comes in the form of a new artificial world about to be constructed on the water. This immediately threatens the livelihood of the sea nomads. What should they do now? The octopi, with more than 100 different varieties, belong to the largest species of octopus, and are extremely adaptable. But all forms of adaptation ultimately reach their limit when the required space is gone. Director s bio: Florian Kunert is a German filmmaker and cinematographer, he studied audiovisual media and documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Cuba. He spent a year in Indonesia and in 2013 founded the production company Highway Spirits.
247 Shadowland Director: John Skoog/ Country, Year, Runtime: Sweden min : Desolate landscapes are the protagonists. Sound fragments dictate the direction. The drama could begin at any moment. During his travels through America s West, filmmaker John Skoog discovered a new country. In Shadowland, one view of a Californian landscape chases another. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the landscapes flow into each another. Deserts become forests become water, the street from a car, the river from a boat. Shot on 16mm and in black and white, the montage induces an analogy that recalls the photographs of Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz. SHADOWLAND is a sensual experimental arrangement in which the shift of perceived understanding occurs on a visual and auditory plane. Symbolic Threats Directors: Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min : On the night of 22 July 2014, Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf Hoist two white American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. They take the US flags down and fold them in the prescribed orderly fashion. Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? Director s bio: John Skoog Born in Malmö, Sweden in 1985, he graduated from the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Director s bio: Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Matthias Wermke grew up in Berlin in the 1990s when they learnt to value and utilise the city s possibilities. A shared enthusiasm for repurposing urban spaces brought them together early on. Nowadays, they still focus on the same questions and locations in their work, whether it be as filmmaker, curator, cultural scientist or fine artist. German Short Films - Berlinale 249
248 German Short Films - Berlinale 250 THE Directors: Dieter Kovacic, Billy Roisz/ Country, Year, Runtime: Austria min : Clouds cross the sky. A dark rumble. A crow caws. A melody. Omens hang in the air, heralding the unexpected. The work of Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovačič explores the structures and mechanisms of the terror evoked in horror film. Director s bio: Dieter Kovačič Born in Austria in 1973, is a musician, video artist and performer. He has written music for theatre, opera and video productions. Billy Roisz Born in Vienna in 1967, has been engaged with the media of video and sound since the 1990s. Her work focuses on experimenting with the correlation between auditory and visual stimuli.
249 Chanel Nr. 2 Directors: Christoph Blankenburg/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min : It is not clear what is up and what is down. Gravity is suspended. Only the moment provides orientation in brief, we are left clueless. Architecture is the game of positioning bodies in light. Darkness needs its space. The future is already misaligned. Director s bio: Christoph Blankenburg was born in 1983 as Christoph Lenz in Erfurt, Germany. After completing his training as a technical draftsman, he studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar until In 2016 and 2017 he initiated the Lichtspielnacht in Erfur. German Short Films - Oberhausen 1 Es War Feucht Director: Peter Meister/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min 251 : The film is about the last 12 minutes before the greek heroes are going to leave their wooden horse, to conquer Troy. A short film about one of the most famous special forces in history and their way to deal. Director s bio: Born 1987 in Bonn, Germany. Film, Literature and Philosophy studies in Mainz. After working as an assistant on film sets and in theatre, he starts working as a writer and director for film. Founded Kabakon Film in 2015.
250 German Short Films - Oberhausen Mexico Recyclers Director: Nikki Schuster/ Country, Year, Runtime: Austria, Germany, Mexico min : Mexico - mariachis, marimbas and vivid skeletons. In the urban hideouts of this city little creatures come to life. These are digitally composed with collected waste from the streets and typical local products. The clatter of the limbs of these creatures interacts with the soundscapes of Mexico City. Sog Director: Jonatan Schwenk/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min Director s bio: Kerstin Honeit is teaching since 2014 MA Fine Art Course Virtuelle Realitäten together with Bjørn Melhus at Kunsthochschule Kassel. She at Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin. Her last exhibition "We can t come from nothing eight strategies of undoing borders and rethinking identities" was in Haohaus, Taipei. : After a flood, some fishes got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don t feel happy about the unintended gathering. Director s bio: Jonatan is an independent filmmaker and animator. He was born in Göttingen, Germany in Schwenk animated the stop-motion-sequences for the Wanimated short The Old Man and The Bird (directed by Dennis Stein-Schomburg), which made it into the official selection at the Berlinale in 2015.
251 The Peculiar Abilities of Mr Mahler Directors: Paul Kneer/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min : East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political... Watu Wote: All of Us Director: Katja Benrath/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min Director s bio: Paul Kneer, Born in the 70ies in Freiburg, Germany. Internships in film production and film courses in Copenhagen and Hildesheim Study of Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Since 2005 international Director for commercial film and texter and conceptmaker for commercial agencies. German Short Films - Oberhausen : For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. Especially the border region between Kenya and Somalia is considered highly dangerous. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. Director s bio: Influenced by theatre throughout her youth, Katja Benrath pursued that career in her early professional life. She became a theatre tailor and worked for Pina Bausch's dance company. During her master studies at Hamburg Media School she directed Where have you been" and Secrecies". WATU WOTE, her graduation project, is her first film based on a true story.
252 German Short Films - Oberhausen 1 Depth of Field Director: Mareike Bernien, Alex Gerbaulet/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min : Depth of Field examines places in Nuremberg where the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU) committed three murders between 2000 and It is a circular observation that contextualises the crime scenes by means of their surroundings, that reads in their markings and shows the way they are used or have been adapted today. Director s bio: Mareike Bernien lives in Berlin and works as an artist between performative film, sound and text. Alex Gerbaulet was born in Germany, in She studied Philosophy, Media Studies and Liberal Arts in Vienna and Braunschweig. Since 2014, she has been working as an author and producer at pong film. 254
253 Fishing Is Not Done On Tuesdays Directors: Lukas Marxt, Marcel Odenbach/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min PremiereStatus: : A vast, wild landscape. The noise of rotors. A house on stilts, on a hill on Ghana s coastline. Ocean on one side, jungle on the other. The camera circles the land. A collage hewn of archive material and self-produced pictures and sounds, in which the house is the protagonist. Use of long focal length makes the archive footage appear disconnected and the depicted actions ambiguous. The architecture of the house renders it a peep box, a cinematographic device, and sets the framing for various lines of vision. They splice the great narrative with the subjective perceptions of the viewer, and the present with the past. My Castle Your Castle Directors: Kerstin Honeit/ Country, Year, Runtime: Germany min Director s bio: Lukas Marxt born in Austria in 1983, studied art and multimedia at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Lisbon, Portugal.He lives and works in Cologne and Vienna. Marcel Odenbach, born in Cologne, Germany in Since 1976 he has worked with video in performances, installations and tapes. German Short Films - Oberhausen : "My Castle Your Castle" investigates the construction site of the rebuilt Berliner Stadtschloss as a place where national hegemonies supposedly transform into identity-generating architectures and so appear as spaces which can be conquered and restaged. Director s bio: Animation film artist and sound designer Nikki Schuster, born in Austria in 1974, lives and works in Berlin. In 2001 she founded her animation label Fiesfilm. Her animation films are shown at international film festivals and in exhibitions and have won awards. Beside her experimental film productions she animates for stage-set design, television and installations.
256 Iranian restored classics 258 Parviz Kimiavi Parviz Kimiavi born in 1939 in Tehran is an Iranian director, screenwriter and film editor. He grew up in Nishabur. After high school, he went to France and graduated from l'école Louis Lumière School of Cinematography and ID- HEC. He started his career as an assistant director at TV channel of Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française and continued working there until Then, he directed his short film, Iranian Holy Jean. In 1997, he won the Silver Bear for The Garden of Stones at Berlin Film Festival. Oh Guardian of Deers Director: Parviz Kimiavi DOP: A. Emami Edit: M. Rabani Nezhad Sound: M. Hangval Producer co: National Iranian Radio and Television Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Film starts and ends with the sound of Naqareh. Meantime, we witness beautiful shots of Imam Redha Shrine, servants of holy shrine, a woman who lights a candle and ties down a Dakhil, patients who are there for healing and people who are praying.
257 Naser Taghvai Naser Taghvai born in 1941 is an Iranian screenwriter and director. Before working in cinema industry, he started his career in TV shows and became known with his TV series. He is the director of the famouse TV series, My Uncle Napoleon and won the Bronze Leopard of Locarno Film Festival for Captain Khorshid in He has made six feature films and an episode of an episodic film (Greek Boat episode of Tales of Kish). He also was a documentary filmmaker and among his best documentaries are Mashhad Carpet, Forough Farrokhzad, Arba een and Jinn Wind. Arba een Director: Naser Taghvai DOP: Mehrdad Fakhimi Edit: Naser Taghvai Music: Cymbal and Dammam by Mourning Group of Behbahani Mosque Sound: Heydar Nakhai Producer: Javad Mirmiran Language: Persian Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Iranian restored classics 259 Arba een shows an Arba een mourning ceremony in Dehdashti mosque in Bushehr. Film starts with preparation for mourning ceremony, then the sun and sea with the background sound of cymbal and Dammam tell us about an incident.
258 Iranian restored classics 260 Seifollah Dad Seifollah Dad (1955, Koramshahr July 28th, 2009, Tehran) was an Iranian producer, screenwriter and director. He was the co-founder of Sina Film. He was the head of Cinema House s board of directors from 1995 to 1997 and deputy director of cinema at Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance from 1997 to 2000, which is believed to be the golden years of Iran s cinema. Seifollah Dad died of cancer at 54 in Tehran. The Survivor Writer & Director: Seifollah Dad DOP: Alireza Zarrindast Edit: Seifollah Dad Music: Majid Entezami Sound: Mohsen Roshan Cast: Salma Al-Mesri, Bassam Kousa, Jamal Suleiman, Giana Eid, Sabah Barakat, Alaa El Din Koksh, Hani Al-Sadi, Field Smore, Hana Nasour Producer: Manouchehr Mohammadi, Manouchehr Asgarinasab, Seifollah Dad Producer co: Sina Film Language: Arabic Country, Year, Runtime: Iran min Festivals & Awards 1995: 14th Fajr International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention for actress in leading role 1996: Roshd Film Festival / Resistance Film Festival 2002: Palestinian Innocence International Film Festival (Italy) / Palestine International Film Festival 1948, Haifa occupied city, Palestine. Dr. Saeed lives in Haifa with his wife, Latifa, and their son, Farhan. He sees Simeon his childhood neighbor and playmate placing a bomb in a train. Informing the police about the incident is the beginning of his troubles.
259 Ali hatami Ali hatami born in 1944 in Tehran was a cinema and television director, producer, screenwriter, set designer and actor. He was graduated in Dramatic Literature from Collage of Dramatic Arts. His first feature film was Hassan Kachal (1970). He had his own style of filmmaking and among his best works are Mother, Soot-e-Delan and Kamal-ol-Molk. In 1996, he died of cancer before finishing his last film, Takhti. Amir Kabir Writer & Director: Ali Hatami DOP: Alireza Mojaveri Edit: Ali Hatami Music: Varoujan Hakhbandian Cast: Jamshid Mashayekhi, Parviz Fanizade, Naser Malek Motiee, Zahra Hatami, Irene Zazians, Jahangir Forouhar, Saeed Poursamimi, Morteza Ahmadi Producer co: National Iranian Radio and Television Language: Persian Country/Year/Runtime: Iran min Iranian restored classics 261 The story begins on Zulqida 12th, 1313 when Malijak wakes Naser Al-Din Shah Qajar to prepare for 50th ceremonies and celebrations of his monarchy. But he is concerned about the prediction of his foreteller: in his 50th year of his monarchy, there will be an assassination attempt on his life. It seems that the king has some regrets about some of his decisions including exiling and assassination of Amir Kabir, his prime minister.
260 Photo Exhibition of 120 Years of Iranian Cinema 262 Abdolhosein Sepanta as Majnoun in Leili & Majnoun written and directed by Sepanta 1937 On the eve of 120 years of Iranian Cinema Exhibition of 120 stills of 120 Iranian directors Curator: Seyfollah Samadian
261 Merry Go Round Saber Rahbar/ 1967 Prince Ehtejab/ Bahman Farmanara/ 1974 The Enchanter Esmaeil Koushan / 1953 The Cow Darioush Mehrjoui/ 1969 A Party in Hell Samuel Khachikian / 1956 Fleeing the Trap Jalal Rahbar/ 1971 Photo Exhibition of 120 Years of Iranian Cinema The Runner/ Amir Naderi/ 1984 Where Is the Friend s Home? Abbas Kiarostami/ 1987 Mother/ Ali Hatami/ The Last Act Varouzh Karim Masihi/ 1991 The Blue-Veiled Rakhshan Banietemad/ 1995 Hur in Fire Azizollah Hamidnejad/ 1991 A Separation Asghar Farhadi/ 2011 Victorious Warrior Mojtaba Raei/ 1998 Two Women Tahmineh Milani/ 1999 At this exhibition, the choosing of the one hundred and twenty film stills of the works of the hundred and twenty prominent Iranian filmmakers is based on the influential role of a film in the director s artistic life and, most importantly, the role of a film in the important historical stages of Iranian cinema. Hence, the exhibition is rounded off with only one still frame of one of each director s films. This historical collection would not have been possible without the love, support and cinematic knowledge of Jamal Omid as well as the works of Iranian cinema photographers. Samadian
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263 Alfred Yaghoob Zadeh Photo Exhibition Alfred Yaghoob Zadeh was born in 1337 to a Armenian father and a Assyrian mother in Tehran. In 1357, with the beginning of the events of the Islamic Revolution, he withdrew from studying interior design and start a career in photography. With the victory of the revolution and the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war, he went to the front and for three years he was in the irregular warfare groups of Dr. Chamran and photographed for domestic and foreign media. Collaborating with Associated Press, Gamma, Sigma Photo Agency, Sipapress and being chosen as the exclusive photographer of the Newsweek Magazine from 1983 to 1985 in Lebanon are some of his early achivements. Yaghoob Zadeh has recorded historical moments of internal conflicts in Somalia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cuba, India, Turkey, Russia, Iraq, China, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, the United States, and so on. The photographer has valuable experiences regarding religious rituals and traditions in more than 24 countries. Alfred Yaghoob Zadeh began his long-term photojournalist project from Palestine with the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987, a project that continued until This exhibition is a selection of 28 years of relentless photography about the Intifada uprising to the construction of the retaining wall in the Occupied Territories which will be presented at the 2018 "Broken Olive Branches" section at the 36th Fajr Film Festival. Special Events (Intifada Photo Exhibition) 265
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266 Special Guests/ Workshops 268 Aida Begic was born in Sarajevo. She graduated in directing from Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. Her graduation film Prvo smrtno iskustvo (First Death Experience) was presented at The Cinéfondation Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Her debut feature Snijeg (Snow) was premiered at Cannes 2008, Semaine de la Critique where it won the Grand Prix and 30 further festival awards from around the world. Snow was nominated for a European Academy Film Award, Discovery Section. In 2009 she founded an independent production company Film House. Her 2nd feature film Djeca (Children of Sarajevo) premiered in Un Certain Regard, Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2012 where it won Special Distinction of the Jury. Aida Begić is teaching Directing at The Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo and she is member of AMPAS, EFA, SACD and UFRBiH. Alexander Stein was born in Koblenz. He moved to Berlin in 1990 and he spent many years living in the creative Dunckerland squat, which was also where he made his first animation film, Revolting Appetite after studying animation at Kaskeline Filmakademie. Furthermore, Alex studied film, theatre, ethnology and journalism at the Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin. He joined Interfilm in In 2000 Alex co-founded the limited company interfilm. From then on, Alex took on the role of producer in festival coordination and alongside with the artistic director Heinz Hermanns, became managing director of interfilm in In 2008 he co-founded KUKI, the International Short Film Festival for Children & Youth, that he is still producing each year and from 2008 till 2012 he was also a Board member of the German Short Film Association.
267 Allahrakka Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. A. R. Rahman s works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe. In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world s most influential people. The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of Tomorrow s World Music Icons in August With an in-house studio, Rahman s film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in India s film industries, international cinema, and theatre, Rahman is one of the best-selling recording artists, with an estimated 200 million units sold. In a notable two-decade career, he has been acclaimed for redefining contemporary Indian film music and contributing to the success of several films. Andrea Schwemmer studied Theatre, Film science and Acting in Berlin, was a member of several renowned theatre ensembles throughout Germany such as hansotto Theater Potsdam and the Westfälische Kammerspiele Paderborn. She was cast for roles in divers film productions and on German TV. She is with INTERFILM Berlin since 2007 in various positions such as Assistent to Festival Director, presenter of the festival TV, Jury coordinator and Senior Programmer. In addition to that she is the head of Jury Communication at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, the most important German speeking debut film festival, scouts films for feature festivals, such as the Melbourn Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, is head of the short film section for the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and works as an acting coach for the Young Talents Acting School Berlin since
268 Special Guests/ Workshops 270 Anna Henckel-Donnersmarckr works for several festivals in different positions: member of the jury (Saguenay International Short Film Festival Canada 2018, Nordisk Panorama 2017, Tehran International Short Film Festival 2016, Szpilman Award , Curtas Vila do Conde 2014, Milano Film Festival 2013, Kurzfilmfest Dresden 2011, Achtung Berlin 2008, Sehsüchte Potsdam 1999), member of the curatorial team (Berlinale Shorts, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival) and moderator of the artist talks (Berlinale Shorts, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Pictoplasma, THE ARTS+). Cecilia Mangini is one of the most significant figures in italian history of cinema, overwheelming pioneer of photography and documentary: the author of masterpieces such as Ignoti alla città, Stendalì and La canta delle marane, realized in collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini, has described, in the period from the end of 50 s to the middle 60 s, an Italy divided between economic boom and social contradiction. Cecilia Mangini (Mola di Bari, 1927) cinematographer, documentarist and photographer, since her beginning of her work, took a socially active, accurate and personal point of view on individuals and society, dedicating a special attention to the themes such as marginalisation, work, immigration and social injustices. First woman to shoot documentaries in the postwar period, author of some feature films and more than fourty short films, mostly realized with the husband Lino Del Fra, has been capable to underline the transition of her country (that was leaving, slowly, the fascism) to an industrial organization.
269 Clive Marsh is Professor at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester (UK). He has been an active researcher in the field of religion and popular culture for 25 years. He co-edited Explorations in Theology and Film with Gaye Ortiz (Blackwell 1997). Sole-authored publications include Cinema and Sentiment: Film s Challenge to Theology (Paternoster 2004) and Theology Goes to the Movies (Routledge 2007). His latest work, A Cultural Theology of Salvation, is due out from Oxford University Press later this year. Dina Iordanova is Professor of Global Cinema at the ancient University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at the University of Hong Kong. A native of Bulgaria, she works on transnational film, representation and film cultures. In the past decade, her attention has been focused on film festivals. She conceived and brought to realization a number of books dedicated to various aspects of the festival field, acted as a publisher for the work of other authors working on film festivals, and organized workshops and conferences in Venice, Pamplona, Paris and Edinburgh. She has given numerous talks, internationally, and has served on film festival juries in Morocco, South Korea, Japan, Romania, Switzerland and elsewhere. 271
270 Special Guests/ Workshops 272 Franco Nero Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe s top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Claude Chabrol, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mihalis Kakogiannis, Elio Petri, Marco Bellocchio, Enzo G. Castellari, among many others. In the early 80s, Nero was chosen for the role of the white ninja, Cole, in Enter the Ninja (1981) and in 1990 as terrorist Gen. Esperanza, opposite Bruce Willis, in Renny Harlin s Die Hard 2 (1990). He has also payed the roles of leading national heroes, such as Garibaldi (Italy), Arpad (Hungary), and Banovic Strahinja (Yugoslavia). In the USA, he has been in successful mini-series, such as The Pirate (Warner Bros), The Last Days of Pompeii (CBS), Young Catherine (TNT), Bella Mafia (CBS), The Painted Lady, Saint Augustine... Gertrud Kochr teaches cinema studies at the Free University in Berlin where she was the director of a research center on aesthetic experience. She has taught at many international universities and was a research fellow at the Getty Center, as well as at UPenn 2010 and Brown University s Cogut Center for Humanities in Koch has written books on Herbert Marcuse and Siegfried Kracauer, feminist film theory, and on the representation of history. She has edited numerous volumes on aesthetics, perception and film theory. She is also a co-editor and board member of the journals Babylon, Frauen und Film, October, Constellations, and Philosophy & Social Criticism.
271 Isabelle Giordano currently general director of UniFrance, is a former French journalist with extensive experience in print, television, and radio journalism. Over the past two decades, she has hosted her own shows on the major free and pay TV networks in France (Canal +, France Télévisions, Arte). She is a regular columnist and has written six books since Her work as a cultural and civic news journalist is dedicated to connecting artists, ideas and stories, as well as empowering consumers to make the right choices and commitments. Isabelle Giordano also is a member of several boards of directors: the Forum des Images, the Forum d Avignon, and the Fondation HSBC for Education. She is president of the Fonds pour le Service Civique and a qualified public figure appointed by the Fondation Égalités des Chances. She was decorated as a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in Jean Pierre Leaud I would like to end by mentioning another way of loving cinema. This is, in fact the most common way, the most popular. What we like in the cinema, which fascinates us, are the actors. I too have my idols. Katharine Hepburn, for example, to name just one. But it seems to me that, among these actors, some embody better than others, not only the roles that are entrusted to them, but the entire cinema at one point in its history. And I think that, if there is one name that summarizes all that has happened in the cinema for more than 50 years, it is that of Jean-Pierre Léaud that would impose itself to us. Make the count. From Four hundred shots by Truffaut to Pour Rire by Lucas Belvaux. From Pasolini to Kaurismaki, from Bertolucci to Assayas, to Skolimowski, wherever, in the wake of the New Wave, cinema wanted to depict a contemporary character, it needed Jean-Pierre Léaud. André. S. Labarthe 273
272 Special Guests/ Workshops 274 Jolyon Mitchell Professor Jolyon Mitchell specialises in Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding, with particular reference to the arts. Educated at Cambridge, Durham and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Mitchell worked as a Producer and Journalist at BBC World service before moving to the University of Edinburgh. He is currently President of TRS-UK (the national association for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK) and Director of CTPI (the Centre for Theology and Public Issues) at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of many books, chapters and articles, including Promoting Peace and Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media (Routledge, 2012); Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012) and Media Violence and Christian Ethics (CUP, 2007). He has also edited a number of books including The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007). Jörn Donner born in 1933 in Helsinki, Finland, is a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer, and also founder of Finnish Film Archive. Jörn Donner has for long periods lived and worked in Sweden, and has, among other things, served as director of the Swedish Film Institute. In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Internationally Jörn Donner is best known as the producer of Ingmar Bergman s film Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1982). In 1984 the movie won a total of four Academy Awards including the award for best foreign language film, making him to date the only Finn to receive an Oscar. His novel Far och son (Father and Son) won the Finlandia Prize in In 2017, he received a lifetime achievement award from Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival (POFF).
273 Karen Shakhnazarov Born in Krasnodar in 1952 is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) (class of Igor Talankin) in Since 1976, he has been a film director for Mosfilm. In 1987, he became the artistic director of Mosfilm s creative studio Start, which in 1990 was renamed Courier. Since 1998, he has held the post of General Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mosfilm Cinema Concern. Under his leadership, Russia s largest film studio grew to become the largest single filmmaking company in Europe. Over the years, Karen Shakhnazarov s films have been shown at several of the most prestigious film festivals where they have garnered more than 20 awards in various categories. His films Ward No. 6 and White Tiger were selected as the Russian entries for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Larry Smithr first entered the movie business aged 20, at Shepperton studios outside London, circa 1969, he realized early on that studio life was not for him, the pace and amount of people working in a major studio felt like a factory. Larry moved into the freelance world that coincided with the closure Of MGM studios, which meant more crew were now freelance, also it was the beginning of the end for major studios keeping there own work force. Around the 1970 s He was fortunate to meet Stanley Kubrick when asked to work on Barry Lyndon, this started a long collaboration with Kubrick that was to last over a quarter of a century until his pre mature death. Larry was very honoured to have been asked to be the Cinematographer on his Last movie Eyes Wide Shut. Since Eyes wide Shut, Larry has made many varied and interesting films including Bronson, Only God Forgives, The Guard Calvary and a movie that he Directed himself ( Trafficker ) that is soon to be released. 275
274 Special Guests/ Workshops 276 Lech Majewski is a poet, painter, writer and director. Working internationally, he builds his visions in his paintings, films, installations, novels, theatre and opera stagings. He studied at Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from the National Film School in Łódź, Poland. Presented in festivals at Toronto, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, Moscow, Berlin, Venice and Cannes, his films received numerous prizes. His video, film and art works have been shown in a variety of galleries and museums around the world. The Museum of Modern Art in New York honored him with an individual retrospective entitled Lech Majewski: Conjuring the Moving Image. His installation Blood of a Poet took part in the 52nd Venice Biennale and his Retrospective that originated at MoMA travelled to the museums around the world. His videoart cycle Bruegel Suite premiered at the Louvre and was exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale. Loreta Barbara Gandolfi is an Affiliated Lecturer in Film Studies at the Centre for Film and Screen Studies of the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Film Studies at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. She is completing a book about the representation of infidelity in French cinema, in particular in the films of François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer; she is also preparing a documentary about the impact of Pasolini s documentary practice. Her other research interests include the onscreen representation of childhood and adolescence, contemporary Austrian cinema, Latin-American cinema, European low-production countries cinema, women s cinema, transnational cinema. She is Film Advisor at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and International Programmer at the Cambridge Film Festival. She freelances as a film critic and has published reviews and interviews in a variety of international film journals.
275 Lucia Nagib is a Professor of Film at the University of Reading. Her research focuses, among other subjects, on polycentric approaches to world cinema, new waves and new cinemas, cinematic realism and intermediality. She is the author of the books World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism, Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia, The Brazilian Film Revival: Interviews with 90 Filmmakers of the 90s, Born of the Ashes: The Auteur and the Individual in Oshima s Films, Around the Japanese Nouvelle Vague and Werner Herzog: Film as Reality. She is the editor of the books Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film, Theorizing World Cinema, Realism and the Audiovisual Media, The New Brazilian Cinema, Master Mizoguchi and Ozu. Marijke De Valckr is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Her research is situated on the intersections of film studies, cultural studies and globalization studies. She is a well-known expert on film festivals. Her book publications include Cinephilia: Movies, Love, Memory (2005), Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia (2007), After the Break: Television Theory Today (2013), and Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Praxis (2016). Together with Skadi Loist, Marijke founded the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN). She is also co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Framing Film Festivals books series, and festival review section in NECSUS. Marijke coordinates the international master programme Arts and Society at Utrecht University. 277
276 Special Guests/ Workshops 278 Nicola Piovani born in 1946, is an Italian light-classical musician, theater and film score composer, and winner of the 1998 Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar for the score of the Roberto Benigni film La Vita è bella, better known to English-speaking audiences as Life Is Beautiful. Among his more popular works is the score for the Federico Fellini film Intervista, his second of three collaborations with the famous director, the others being Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred) and La voce della luna (The Voice of the Moon). In 2000 his Academy Award-winning score for La Vita è bella was further nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture. In light of his recent work with French directors, notably Danièle Thompson, Philippe Lioret, and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the French Minister of Culture gave him the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on 21 May 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival. Oliver Stone Academy Award winning Oliver Stone has written and directed over 20 full-length feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Stone s films have often reached wide, international audiences and have had significant cultural impact. His written screenplays, though not directed, gave him an early taste of the difficulty of his ideas. He has produced or co-produced a dozen films. Stone was born September 15, 1946 in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in , and was decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in Some of his most important films as director include: Salvador (1985), Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), Snowden (2016); and as screenwriter: Midnight Express (1979), Scarface (1983), Conan the Barbarian (1982).
277 Olivier Megaton takes his name from his birthday: the 6th of August 1965 is the 20th anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima A-bomb. Painter Olivier Megaton was one of the pioneers of the graffiti movement, distinguishing himself by his realist portraits of cultural icons such as Mao, Jimmy Hendrix, Nelson Mandela, and the Mona Lisa. He then decided to do some formal art training and his work began to appear on the wall of art galleries rather than city streets. Jean-Baptiste Mondino encouraged him to take up movies in the nineties. Following Mondino s advice, Megaton wrote the screenplay of his first short film No way ou le coeur du Phoenix, which received funding from the CNC. Completed in 1991, the film went on to win several prizes at film festivals. Fourteen other shorts were to follow, along with a dozen music clip, and adverts. Philippe Ros French Cinematographer, Digital Imaging Supervisor, Consultant and Instructor is specialized in hand held camera and ergonomics issues. He is fully acquainted with the digital shooting systems and the postproduction workflows linked to them. He was Digital Imaging Director during five and a half years on Oceans, directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. His goal was to match underwater HD digital shots and 35 mm topside shots. He was also cinematographer on underwater nights, tanks and microscope shooting on Oceans. For television, he was the cinematographer of the first five seasons of the series Kaamelott, directed by Alexandre Astier. He recently achieved a European tour of 17 capitals to show a serial of 4 short demo films, «The Bot-Trilogy» shot in 4K. it was screened all over the world and became a reference on 4K digital workflow. 279
278 Special Guests/ Workshops 280 Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 18th april He is today one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers and the most famous Cambodian filmmakers worldwide. After 1975 his family died through the genocidal Khmer Rouge government ( ) while he could escape in 1979 to Thailand. Panh arrived a year later in Paris, France as an orphan an. Rithy Panh later studied at La Fémis, the French National Cinema School. In 1989, Site 2 (1989), his first documentary about Cambodian refugees, won several international awards. Since then Panh created a unique body of work consisting of documentaries and feature films that mostly deal with the modern Cambodia and the traumatic legacy of the Khmer Rouge regime. His most famous documentariesare S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2003) and The Missing Picture (2013) that became the first Cambodian film nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Roberto Perpignani born in Rome in 1941, studied painting until he was offered in 1962 to work with Orson Welles at the editing of Through the Land of Don Quixote and, in Paris, on The Trial. The following year, in 1963, he met Bernardo Bertolucci and they worked together from Before the Revolution 63 to The Spider s Stratagem 70, and in collaboration with Franco Arcalli to Last Tango in Paris 72. In 1968 he began the collaboration with Paolo and Vittorio Taviani which has continued to the present days editing eighteen films. Since 1976, unceasingly till the present days, he is head department of the editing course at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School) in Rome, where he has also been appointed Deputy Director of the Educational and Research Department.
279 Semih Kaplanoğlu born in He is one of the most acclaimed writer-director- producers of contemporary filmmaking in Turkey. He received BS in Cinema- Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in Kaplanoğlu made his debut feature in 2001 Away From Home, and he was awarded Best Director in Singapore IFF. In 2005, his second feature Angel s Fall received Best Film Awards in Nantes, Kerala and Barcelona Alternativa FF. His third feature Yumurta (Egg), which premiered in 2007 Quinzaine des Realisateurs, brought Best Director awards in Fajr IFF, Valdivia IFF and Bangkok World FF. The film received around 30 awards. In 2008 Süt (Milk) premired at the Venice IFF, and also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul IFF. Bal (Honey) the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, winner of Golden Bear award in 60th Berlinale IFF, traces the origins of a soul. Stella Kaltsou is one of the most established and well known set and lighting designers in Greece. She has signed the lighting design for numerous productions of theatre, opera, dance, concerts in Europe and Asia. She studied lighting design, set-costume design and theory of theatre in the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University. She is a member of Hellenic Film Academy and a collaborator of Lighting Art. She has collaborated with directors such as Arnaud Bernard, Renato Zanella, George Petrou, Yannis Houvardas, Peter Tiboris, Nikos Mastorakis, Marianna Calbari. In cinema she has done the art direction for three feature films. The first one was The Taste of Centuries by Zachos Samoladas in 2009 and then The Students by Giorgos Bakolas in The most recent is the awarded Invisible by Dimitri Athanitis which gained 15 awards in International Festivals all over the world. 281
280 Special Guests/ Workshops 282 Thomas Mauch s camera work was significant in shaping the aethetic appeal and success of New German Film. In the past 50 years, Mauch has worked with directors as varied and unusal as Werner Herzog, Werner Schroeter, Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz. He was also the cameraman for a generation of female filmmakers, such as Helma Sanders-Brahms and Ula Stöckl, who translated their novel and very singular perspective to film in the 1970s and 80s. Many of the films for which Thomas Mauch was the cameraman won prestigious international prizes. His camera work also won him many German film awards in gold. Filmography: Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (Werner Herzog, Frg 1972), Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, Frg 1982), Palermo Oder Wolfsburg (Werner Schroeter 1980), Heimat (Edgar Reitz ), Die Macht Der Gefühle (Alexander Kluge 1983), Heinrich (Helma Sanders-Brahms 1976/77).... William Brown Author: Supercinema: Film Philosophy for the Digital Age (2013), Non-Cinema: Global Digital Filmmaking and the Multitude (Forthcoming) Co-author: Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe (2010) Co-editor: Deleuze and Film (2012) Co-editor: Special Issue of animation: an interdisciplinary journal on Avatar (2012) Director: En Attendant Godard (2009), Afterimages (2010), Common Ground (2012), China: A User s Manual (Films) (2012), Selfie (2014), Ur: The End of Civilization in 90 Tableaux (2015), The New Hope (2015), Circle/Line (2016), Letters to Ariadne (2016), St Mary Magdalen s Home Movies (2016), Roehampton Guerrillas ( ) (2017), The Benefit of Doubt (post-production), #randomaccessmemory (post-production), Sculptures of London (production), Vlado and William (production), This is Cinema (pre-production).
281 Zeynep Atakan Born in İstanbul, graduated from the Department of Film and Television at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University. From 1986 to 1999, she worked in various roles in the television advertisement industry and specialized as a producer. In 1999, Atakan transitioned to the film industry and started producing international film projects. In 2007, she started Zeynofilm, a company dedicated to producing film projects. In 2010, Atakan was awarded the European Film Academy s Best European Co-Producer award. Atakan is still the Vice President of EWA, the European Women s Audiovisual Network, which works towards equal opportunities for women working in the audiovisual industries in Europe and around the world. Atakan also organizes the Turkey section of the Young Audience Award, a project by the European Film Academy. She is the art director of the Sabancı Foundation Short Film Platform. 283
284 Mohammad Ibrahim Salavatifard/ Deputy Director Mohammad Ibrahim Salavatifard, born in 1952, Tehran, studied Physics in Iran s National University. He is one of the senior TV producers with a lot of management experience in IRIB. He has been a member of the selection board in nine editions of Fajr International Film Festival. Salavatifard has also worked as the VIP and ceremonies Manager of AIBD, and ABUconferences, and supervised the Department of the Journalists in the Islamic Summits Conference. He has been cooperating with FIFF since 2016 as the Head of Protocol. 286 Amir Esfandiari/ Head of International Affairs Born in 1957 in Tehran, Amir Esfandiari is a graduate of Business Management from Massachusetts Northeastern University. After his return to Iran, he worked on a number of co-production film projects such as Ron Fricke s BARA- KA (1992). In 1993, he started his collaboration with Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) as chief executive of Co-Production Department. In 1997, Esfandiari began his work as Head of International Affairs in FCF. Since then he has served as a jury member in a number of different international events such as Olympia Int l Film Festival as president of the jury, Cairo International Children Film Festival, Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Armenia Film Festival for Children & Youth, International Children Bangalore Film Festival as president of the jury, Tokyo Kinder Film Festival, China International Children Film Festival, Istanbul Bosphorus Film Festival and so forth. His other professional activities include: Director of international affairs in Fajr International Film Festival (Since 1997-Present), Director of international affairs in Children and Young Adults International Film Festival (since 1997),Director of international affairs in Oil International Film Festival (2003), Deputy director of 48th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Iran-Shiraz (2003), Director of international affairs in Kish International Film Festival (2011), Founder and Director of Iranian International Market for Films & TV Programs ( ), Member of selection committee of Fajr International Film Festival & Children and Young Adults International Film Festival ( ), Head of Iranian selection committee of best film for Academy of Motion Pictures since 1997, Founder of the International Competition Section of Fajr International Film Festival (1997), Founder of Iran s Cinema Umbrella in International Film Markets, Vice President and Board Member of CIFEJ (2002 to 2007), Member of Board of Directors of Asia- Pacific Film Festival (since 2000), Director of international affairs in Urban Film Festival (2015). He also has worked as Head of international affairs in 34th and 35th of Fajr international Film Festival.
285 Reza Kianian / Festival Palace Manager Reza Kianian, born in 1951, Tehran, is an actor working in cinema, theatre and television, also a writer, designer, and photographer. He began his acting career in 1989 with Hamid Samandarian s, All of the Earth s Temptations, but it was his supporting role in Ahmad Reza Darvish s Kimia (1995) which made him a familiar face on screen. He went on to become one of the most popular and prolific actors during 90s and 2000s. Continuing his career in cinema, theater and TV, he has gone through a unique path and established himself as an innovative actor and a genuine artist. The Glass Agency (1998) brought him back his first Crystal Symorgh of Fajr Film Festival for a supporting role and he scooped Crystal Simorgh of best actor for A House Built on Water (2003), but these are just a number of his cinematic awards throughout his career. He has also been remarkably well-received in his work as an artist, photographer and writer. Since 2016 Kianian has been the manager of Fajr Festival Palace. Alireza Shojanoori / Manager of Cinematic Experience Exchange Born in 1955 in Shiraz, Alireza Shojanouri, is a cinematic manager, actor, and producer with a B.Sc. in biology from Shahid Beheshti University, and a B.A. in Italian Literature from Tehran University. He started his career in IRNA in He is the founder of the international affairs office of Farabi Cinema Foundation and the administration of International Programing of IRIB. His film production career started in 2008 and he has made numerous features such as Kandeloos Gardens, The Wind Carpet, A Little Kiss and also his acting career is filled with well-known features like, The Fateful Day, Doubt, Muhammad, the Messenger of God. Shojanouri was appointed as the manger of Film Sessions in 2016 and has been a member of FIFF s directorial team ever since. 287 Iraj Taghipour / Graphic Arts Manager Iraj Taghipour, born in 1958 in Tehran, graduated in Physics from Sharif University of Technology. He established the Photography Department of the Central Office of Construction Jihad in 1979 and after a year in 1980 started working in Film Archive department of IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting). Beside working in international affairs of Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) and collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance as the head of Film Laboratory in Film and Photo Production Department, Taghipour had a successful career as a special effect director and went on to win two Crystal Simorgh of Fajr Film Festival for his achievements in cinema. He expanded his career by producing movies and TV shows and also attending in Iranian Youth Cinema Society, Azad Universtity and Art University as a regular lecturer. Over the years he has produced many films, such as, Negin, Dancing in the Dust, The Beautiful City, The Empty Seat. He is one of the members of the Policy Making Council of Iran s Art & Experience Cinema and has been collaborating with Fajr Int l Film Festival as the art director for the past two years.
286 Sayfollah Samadian/ Manager of Special Events Filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer, Seyfollah Samadian born in Urumia, Iran in 1943 studied English Literature and later on got involved in photography, cinematography and filmmaking. He published the monthly Image (Tasvir), a popular film magazine in the 90s, and has been a regular lecturer in Photojournalism at Tehran University, Art university and Islamic Azad university. Samadian is co-founder and the director of Image of the Year (Tasvir-e Saal) gala and Tasvir Festival. He is also a member of policy makers of Art and Experience Cinema Group (Honar o Tajrobe) and co-founder of the Iranian photographer association. As a director of cinematography, he has worked with Abbas Kiarostami on ABC Africa, The Roads, and Five. His latest feature film as a director 76 minutes and 15 seconds with Abbas Kiarostami was screened in more than 120 International events around the world. Samadian, now the Head of Remembrance and Homage section, was Special Events Coordinator in 34th and 35th Fajr International film festival. 288 Kamyar Mohsenin / Manager of International Relations Born in 1971 in Tehran, Kamyar Mohsenin studied Control & Instrument Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. After working as film critic and translator with different film magazines as well as Iranian National Film Archive publications, he started an analytical TV Program, Film 90 s, as researcher and co-creator in He co-wrote his first book, James Bond, 35 Years with a Phenomenon in Mohsenin began his collaboration with Farabi Cinema Foundation as Research Executive in Since then, he has been involved in organization of such international film events as Fajr, Iranian Film Market, Children and Young Adults, Kish, Urban, etc. and publication of Annual Selection of Iranian Films, Iranian Film Market Guide and so on. Mohsenin has been a lecturer in different courses on the history of cinema and also a film critic in International Film Guide, film magazines, papers and TV programs. He has been working with FIFF since 2016 as the Head of International Relations. Kayvan Kassirian/ Media Manager Kayvan Kassirian, born in 1971 in Babol, is a journalist and film critic. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Shiraz also graduated in Journalism from the Media Studies Center. He started his career as a journalist in 1989 and in the mid 90s, he started collaborating with film magazines such as Naghd Cinema and Gozaresh Film. In early 2000s, Kassirian was a member of Iranian Association of Theatre Critics and over the years he has been working as the editor in chief of a number of magazines. He has also worked in Film Negar Monthly, Khabar and Theran Emrouz newspapers as an editor and published Honar & Cinema quarterly. Alongside being a journalist, Kassirian has worked for several film festivals and events as a curator. He has been a member of Iran s House of Cinema annual awards directorial board for two years and also a member of juries for 4 years. He has worked for The Iran Society of Film Critics and Writers for 10 years as a curator and manager. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of Art & Experience magazine, the Director of the Cinematheque of the Iranian House of Artists, the editor-in-chief of the cinematic website He has been working with FIFF as the head of media and public relations during the last two years and in 36th FIFF is the Media Manager.
287 Shadmehr Rastin / Fan Club manager Shadmehr Rastin born in 1965, Tehran, graduated from University of Tehran in Architecture and studied Cinema in Islamic Centre for Filmmaking in Bagh Ferdows. Before making a career as a well-known and successful screenwriter, he has spent years writing for magazines and newspapers as a professional movie critic. As a screenwriter he has collaborated with great filmmakers such as Reza Mirkarimi on As Simple as That and Today and other movies like Offside, Zagros, A Few Days Later, and That Man Came. He was also a member of selection committee for 33th FIFF, board of Iran s House of Cinema (IHC) and board of Iranian Society of Screenwriters. Since 2005 he has been the regular lecturer in Art University. Rastin is the head of FIFF Fan Club since Mohammad Mehdi Yadegari/ Film Market Manager Mohammad Mehdi Yadegari was born in 1977 in Shiraz and he has got a master s degree in marketing and advertising and media management from Iran Broadcasting University. Since 2005, he worked as Contracts Director, Program Director, and CEO of International Programing and Media in IRIB. He also was a member of jury in the Fajr International Film Festival, Cinema Verite, Tehran Jasmin International Film Festival, JIFF, Sports Videos, Iran Sakht and Khorshid Short Film Festival. He has been running the FIFF Film Market since Shahab Esfandiary / Manager of Academic Affairs Shahab Esfandiari was born in Esfahan in He has graduated in cinema, in both bachelor and master s degree, from Tehran University of Art. He got his PHD in Film and Television Studies from the University of Nottingham. Currently, he is a Faculty member of Cinema and Theater at Tehran University of Art and also the chairman of the Iran Broadcasting University. Iranian Cinema and Globalization is the title of the book which he wrote and got published in UK and USA. It was critically acclaimed in Iran and won the prize for best cultural research study of the year and also got nominated for the best cinematic book of the year. His other publications since then are Cinema of Resistance: Theories, Policies, Criticism and Foreign Film Screening: Opportunities and Threats for National Cinema. The chairman of Tehran University of Art, Faculty of Cinema and Theater, chairman of film & series department of Tehran Channel, writing and directing for several TV projects and documentaries are some of his other previous experiences. Esfandiari has been working with FIFF since 2017 as the Head of Training Affairs. 289 Maziar Miri/ Talent Campus Manager Maziar Miri, born in 1971 in Tehran, is a film director, editor, and executive producer, who graduated from Iran Broadcasting University. He started his filmmaking career in the 90s, making short films. Miri s most notable films include The Unfinished Song, Gradually, The Book of Law, Felicity Land, and The Painting Pool and Sara & Aida. Miri has been working with FIFF as the head of Darolfonoun, the talent campus of FIFF.
288 Mohsen Shah Ebrahimi/ Festival Palace Interior Designer Mohsen Shah Ebrahimi is an art director, costume designer and actor. Born in 1954, Iran, he studied art directing in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy. He started his career with By the Ponds by Yadollah Noasri in Shah Ebrahimi has been art designer of Mohammad by Majid Majidi and cooperated with Reza Mirkarimi in A Cube of Sugar. As a set and costume designer, he has a long list of sucesseful features such as: Daughter, Bench Cinema, In Amethyst Color, Mum s Guests, White Nights, Bomb: A Love Story. Shah Ebrahim has been working with FIFF as the Palace Interior Designer for the past two years. Seyed Ahad Mikaeelzadeh / Communication Manager Born in 1979, Seyed Ahad Michaeil Zadeh graduated in political science and at Iranian Youth Cinema Society has studied filmmaking. Before starting to cooperate with 36th FIFF as the communication manager, he has been the head of public relations of Iranian Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs, deputy of public relations and international affairs in Hoze Honari. He has also been a curator in several film festivals and events such as Rouyesh Children and Youth film festival and Cinema of Resistance film festival and has been working with other festivals as a jury member and a member of selection committee. Alongside working as a festival curator he has been the editor in chief of a number of cultural publications. 290 Atoosa Ghalamfarsaie / Manager of Iranian Film Secretariat Atoosa Ghalamfarsaie, born in 1969 in Tehran, graduated from Azad University in English Translation. She has worked as a custom designer in more than thirty movies and TV series such as To Stay Alive (Dariush Mehrjui), Voices (Farzad Motamen), Retribution (Hassan Fathi), Felicity Land, (Maziar Miri), Life with Closed Eyes (Rasoul Sadrameli) and was a stage designer of more than fifteen play. So far, she has won Fajr Film Festival Crystal Symorgh of Custom Design for When We re All Asleep (Bahram Beizai), Crystal Symorgh of Custom Design for The Painting Pool (Maziar Miri), Best Custom Design award for Here Whithout me (Bahram Tavakoli) at Iran s House of Cinema Annual Awards and Best Custom Design for Hamlet (Reza Goran) at Fajr International Theatre Festival. She has translated articles on cinema published in Video Mahvareh, Soroush, Donyaye Tasvir and Sanat-e-Cinema. She is working with FIFF as the Head of Iraninan Film Secretariat. Alireza Amini/ Protocol Manager Born in 1954, Alireza Amini graduated in Economics from Shahid Beheshti University. He is a Human Resources Director and Protocol Director working with numerous organizations. He has been Human resources director of IRIB and Iran Chamber of Commerce and has cooperated in holding political and cultural evens such as ABU conferences, Shahriar Memorial in Iran and Tajikestan and Children and Youth International Film Festival. Amini started working with FIFF in 2017 as Protocol Director.
289 Mohammad Sadegh Mirkarimi/ Executive Manager Mohammad Sadegh Mirkarimi was born in 1988, Zanjan. He is graduated in Mechanical Engineering and currently he is working as an executive manager and project control supervisor. He has worked with Tagh Ahang Engineering Company as executive manager, TAALIS industrial as Province Affairs Director and he has been project control supervisor for screening A Cube of Sugar and Today and was production manager of Daughter. Negar Javaherian / Festival Palace Executive Manager Negar Javaherian, born in 1982 is an actress working in cinema, theater and TV. She started her acting career on stage when she was a teenager and her first role in a feature film goes back to 2001 in I m Traneh, 15 (Rasoul Sadrameli). Tala va Mes, her eleventh appearance on screen, won her Crystal Symorgh of Best Actress in a Leading Role at Fajr Film Festival, Best Actress of Iran s House of Cinema Annual Award, and Best Actress of 4th Annual Awards of Iran Society of Film Critics and Writers. Also, she won Tandis of Iran s House of Cinema for Here Whitout me. She was nominated for Tandis of Best Actress for Book of Law and The Painting Pool at Iran s House of Cinema Award. Among her international awards are Best Actress for Melbourne at Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, Best Actress for A Minor Leap Down at Zagora International Festival 2016 in Morocco, and Osian s Cinefan Award for We Only Live Twice. She was also nominated for Best Actress for The Painting Pool at 31st Fajr Film Festival and Asia-Pacific Film Festival. Two years later she was selected as a jury in 9th Asia-Pacific Film Festival. In past 17 years, Negar Javaherian has acted in 26 movies, more than 10 plays and 5 TV series. She was selected as a jury of Eastern Vista section at 33rd Fajr International Film Festival and also was the executive director of 35th Fajr Festival Palace. 291 Farzan Mohajerani/ Registration Executive Farzan Mohajerani, born in 1987 Tehran, was graduated in Naval Engineering from Amirkabir Univarsity of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). He started his career in web designing and advertisement from He has worked with commercial brands, many artists and cooperated in movie projects. He has worked with great painters such as Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Rana Farnood, Farideh Lashaie and famous directors such as Reza Mirkarimi (A Cube of Sugar, Today,Daughter), Majid Majidi (Mohammad), Ebrahim Hatamikia (Bodyguard), Ahmadreza Darvish (Resurrection), Hassan Fathi (Shahrzad series), Mohsen Gharaie (Well Done), Maziar Miri (The Painting Pool), Ebrahim Sheibani (Nowhere Nobody), and Sam Kalantari (Garage 888 series). He also has cooperated with cultural and cinematic organizations such as Art and Experiment, Sooreh Cinema, Etemad Gallery and many other commercial and art brands websites. Farzan Mohajerani started his cooperation with Fajr International Film Festival from 2016 as a web designer and he is now the Head of Registration of 36th FIFF.
290 Afshin Asadzadeh/ Screening Department Executive Afshin Asadzadeh, born in 1973, earned his bachelor s degree in Psychology and received his Master s degree in Executive Management and the third highest degree in Production Management. He has been working with numerous film festival and events as curator, jury member and executive manager: Chief Organizer of International Section at 31th and 34th Fajr International Film Festival, Chief Organizer of 1st Tehran Jasmin International Film Festival, Technical Support and Screening Manager of 2nd Tehran Jasmin International Film Festival, Jury member at 3rd Jasmin International, Technical and Screening Manager of Urban International Film Festival, Screening Manager and Selection Committee Coordinator of 4th Fajr National Film Festival, Technical Support and Screening Manager of 4th Tehran Jasmin International, Jury member of First Choice Section at 1st Sangar Short Film Festival, Executive Manager of Audiovisual Section at IranSakht Film Festival, Manager & Coordinator of Selection Committee and Jury Members at 35th Fajr National Film Festival, Secretary of Video Production License Council, Chief Organizer of International Section at Urabn International FF, Jury Member at 36th National Fajr FF. Asadzadeh has been working with FIFF since 2016 as Screening Manager. 292 Seyed Mojtaba Hosseini/ Data Processing Executive Seyed Mojtaba Hosseini was born in 1953 in Kermanshah. He was graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology in electrical engineering and has a master degree of MBA (marketing research) from Industrial Management Institute. Since 1979 he worked as planning officer in channel one of The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and pursuits his career as deputy general director of international affairs and then general director of international affairs in The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Since 1990, he has worked as CEO of Information and Communication Technology Organization of Tehran Municipality and in mid-90s he was CEO of Visual Media Institute. He retired from The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in Since then, he continued his activities as a member of Iran Executive Directors Association, IT consultant in IT companies and an educational group, project control officer and movie planner of TV and cinema projects, secretariat of Radio Positioning and Identification Companies Syndicate, member of Iran Board of Business Representatives, and statistics officer of Fajr Film Festival. Also, he is a member of Big Data and Internet of Things Commission in Iran Computer and IT Organization, chief editor of Internet of Things magazine, and Executive director of an IT and ICT company. Mostafa Ahmadi/ Electronic Communications Executive Mostafa Ahmadi, born in 1970 in Tehran, has graduated from New York Film Academy. He has worked as an assistant director in more than 30 features and TV series. He has been nominated for Crystal Symorgh of Best Director for his debut film, Closer(2014), which had its Premierein New Vision section at Fajr Film Festival. Also, it has been nominated for Best First Feature Film at Iranian Film Critics and Writers Association annual awards and Golden Zenith for Best First Feature Film at Montreal World Film Festival. Ahmadi is the director of the feature film, Getting Even (2016), a member of
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