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Audience demand at the inaugural Iranian Film Festival Australia last year has motivated the directors to take the 2012 event beyond Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide – to Sydney and Melbourne.

Festival co-director, Anne Démy-Geroe says: “We were overwhelmed by the response we received when we launched the festival last year with our opening night premiere selling out and having to schedule a number of second screenings due to high demand.” The aim of festival directors, Anne Démy-Geroe and Armin Miladi, is to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting films and through cinema, introduce Iranian culture to other Australians, proving better cultural understanding and tolerance. 

"a glimpse of Iranian identity"

Across 25 days and five capital cities, the Iranian Film Festival Australia will provide cinephiles with the chance to catch a glimpse of Iranian identity as well as the opportunity to discover why it is currently one of the most talked about cinematic movements across the globe, say the directors.

“This year, we hope to challenge our audience even further by introducing short films and documentaries to the programme. The shorts session truly embraces the concept of global featuring Iranian filmmakers from across the globe, including a number of our home grown talent.”

The program ranges from the indie film, Hatred, to the art-house, Mourning. Some in the audience may find Here Without Me familiar, being based on Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The award-winning Facing Mirrors breaks new ground as the first fictional Iranian feature about transgender issues.

Leila Hatami - in The Last Step

The renowned Iranian actress Leila Hatami features in The Last Step, recent recipient of the Fipresci Award in Karlovy Vary. Hatami has also appeared in A Separation (last year’s opening film and recipient of a myriad of awards including A Golden Globe and Academy Award).

The festival also celebrates Darius Mehrjui, who is considered to have made the first film of the Iranian New Wave, with his latest box-office hit, Orange Suit. Festival goers can also explore what it means to be Persian with an extended retrospective session of documentaries about identity including Plastic Flowers Never Die, Utopia in the Making and Faces.

Published August 16, 2012

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Brisbane: Oct 4 – 7
Canberra: Oct 11 – 14
Adelaide: Oct 25 – 28
Melbourne: Oct 10 – 14
Sydney: Oct 18 – 21

Anne Demy-Geroe

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