The Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA) returns for its sixth year exclusively at the Mercury Cinema from 3 November, shining a spotlight on contemporary life in Iran.
The Iranian film industry is bursting with creativity and energy in this new political era and once again the Festival curators have hand-picked the very best.
The Festival will feature one of the year’s hottest dramas, Life and a Day on Friday 4 November, the debut feature from 26-year-old Saeed Roostaie who tells the story of a struggling family from South Tehran as they prepare to send their beloved daughter and sister to Afghanistan for an arranged marriage. The film won the Audience award at Fajr and nine further awards, including best director, best script, best actress (Parinaz Izadyar), and best supporting actor (Navid Mohammadzadeh).
Earlier that same day will be a screening of Reza Mirkarimi’s award winning Daughter, a masterfully handled tale set in Abadan and Tehran.
IFFA Festival favourites include Reza Dormeshian’s Lantouri, a story of embittered love straight from Berlin, and world renowned auteur Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman starring the luminescent Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini.
Leila Hatami will be back in a popular new film and there is a beautiful new restoration of a classic of Iranian cinema. All films are Australian premieres (with the exception of The Salesman, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival this year).
With a program that includes new voices, veterans and masters, along with many of the stars of Iranian cinema, the 2016 Iranian Film Festival promises to be yet another celebrated event.
The full screening program for Adelaide is:
- Thurs 3 Nov at 7pm – The Brick and the Mirror
- Fri 4 Nov at 10.45am – Daughter
- Fri 4 Nov at 7.30pm – Life and a Day
- Sat 5 Nov at 2.30pm – Farewell Analog
- Sat 5 Nov at 4pm – Sound and Fury
- Sat 5 Nov at 6.30pm – The Salesman
- Sun 6 Nov at 2.30pm – Daughter
- Sun 6 Nov at 4.30pm – A Dragon Arrives!
- Sun 6 Nov at 7pm – Lantouri
Further details about each film and advance ticket sales can be found on the Mercury Cinema website.