World changes viewpoint on Iranian cinema: director Kahani

TEHRAN, May 2 (MNA) -- Iranian director Abdorreza Kahani believes that world festivals have changed their viewpoint toward Iran’s cinema, which shows that Iranian cinema should be more active in international events.

“I believe that this change occurred after the world premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly” in Berlinale 2009 and fortunately the trend is continuing,” he added.


Kahani, whose film “Twenty” is participating at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, said that acceptance of his film in this festival is a turning point for Iran’s cinema in the world.


“Before this, festivals were not interested in Iranian narrative films and preferred to choose films in which non-actors played some of the roles. Recently, festivals have begun to accept the presence of renowned actors and skilled technical team and films that are welcomed by Iranian audiences,” he said.


He also expressed his pleasure that Iranians were able to see this film before its screening at the festival. His two previous movies, which were awarded in many foreign festivals, did not go on stage in Iran and he saw them with foreign audiences.


Starring Parviz Parastuii and Mahtab Keramati, “Twenty” focuses on a once-popular reception hall now reduced to catering to the funeral business, whose workers are struggling to preserve it.


The 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be held in Czech from July 3 to 11.





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