Officials must invest to promote Iranian cinema throughout the world: filmmaker

TEHRAN, May 26 (MNA) -- Female filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat is convinced that Iran’s cinematic officials must invest in this industry to promote Iran’s art in the world.

Hekmat, who was taking part in the Film Market of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival this year, told MNA that they had several meetings with world independent film producers.


She said that they achieved good results and held discussions for the international distribution of (Hekmat’s) “Lullaby.”


The Iranian film distributing companies Persian Film and Bamdad Film represented several movies including “Twenty” (Abdorreza Kahani), “The Voices” (Farzad Motamen), “Beyond the River” (Abbas Ahmadi Motlaq) and “Three Women” (Manijeh Hekmat) at the market this year, she remarked.


“The films were screened several times during the market and were also advertised in Variety Magazine. We also negotiated with representatives from over 40 foreign festivals,” she added


Hekmat also regarded Iran’s participation in the market positive and stated, “We can meet with the large film companies during the event and can become much more familiar with modern developments in the world. This can result in better achievements for Iran’s cinema.


“An international presence for Iran requires wise investment. Iran shone as a powerful representative of Asia’s cinema in the world over the past ten years, but the neighboring countries are becoming more active through achievement of modern techniques and unfortunately, Iran is losing its position,” she concluded.





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