TEHRAN June 6 (MNA) -- As the Iranian Film Festival is running in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, the situation of Iranian cinema was discussed in a seminar on Saturday Evening.

The Iranian Film Festival began on June 4, 2004 at a hall of the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, which will host ten films of ten Iranian filmmakers until June 13.


Attended by the Managing Director of the Farabi Cinematic Foundation, Alireza Rezadad, the renowned Iranian Filmmaker Bahman Farmanara, the prominent Iranian actor Reza Kiyanian, and the director of the Filmex Shozo Ichiyama, the seminar was held in the second day of the festival.


“Nowadays, many prestigious festivals as well as the countries which have contributed to the movie industry are interested in having the Iranian films in their cultural galas,” said Rezadad as one of the persons who gave lectures in the seminar.


“Our cinema has had such remarkable achievements that the filmmakers determine which festival their films should participate in,” he added


Such a great achievement is indebted to the policy that the cultural Iranian officials devised on banning the import of foreign films to Iran, Rezadad elaborated.


“The concern for foreign productions has declined after the development our movie industry experienced in its genres,” he emphasized.


A total of 25 foreign films including “Gangs of New York,” “The Others,” “Terminator 3,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” were premiered in Iranian movie theaters last year.


As the head of a governmental foundation, which supports Iranian cinema, Rezadad said, “Supporting private sector in cinema is one of our main policies which have been kicked off since last year.”


“During the two last decades, we have been trying to prove the point that we are able to talk seriously, attractively and understandably with our cinema in the world, and now the foundation pursues the policy of introduction and distribution of Iranian films in international arena,” he said.


“We’ve been having serious problems with our distribution system within our country and abroad during the third decade,” Rezadad stressed, adding, “We are striving to enter the international film markets in this stage.”


In case of Japanese official agreement, he said that his colleagues were ready to provide at least a Japanese movie theater with Iranian films for the next two years.


He also declared joint-venturing as one of the other policies made for the foundation.


“It is sad to see that the Asians are more familiar with the American and European cinemas than theirs,” he said.


Referring to the great attention the Japanese have given the Iranian films in the festival, he said, “We will also try to familiarize our people with the movies produced in Asia annually.”


“With the great supports which have been given by government, there have been opened new good fields for Iranian cinema during two last decades,” said the renowned Iranian filmmaker Farmanara as another lecturer of the seminar.


His “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine” is due to be screened during the 10-day festival.


He said that there was a bright horizon for Iranian movies, given the new generation who had appeared in the Iranian movie industry.


“Given to actor, Iran has three types of cinema; the films which do not have professional actors; the films with only a bunch of stars and no meaning; and the ones which have professional actors as well as meaning,” said the Iranian actor Kiyanian in the seminar.


“Iranian cinema has great capabilities which may create a powerful movement in the world,” he added.


Starring Kiyanian, “Carpet of the Wind” directed by Kamal Tabrizi was screened before the seminar. It is joint production of Iranian and Japanese producers.



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