Houston Iranian Film Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

January 22, 2015

From: Museum Of Fine Arts

22nd Edition of the Museum's longest-running film festival!

Generous funding is provided by the ILEX Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) and the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston.

Schedule

January 23, 2015

7 p.m. : Fish & Cat



Mahi va gorbeh

2013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Shahram Mokri

Iran

134 minutes

The audience is invited to a reception in the Museum galleries following the film. Shahram Mokri is the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Voices Award from the ILEX Foundation.

Filmed in a single mesmerizing take weaving together multiple storylines, Shahram Mokri's remarkable experiment in perpetual motion is based on a true story about a rural Iranian restaurant that served human flesh. A group of college students set up camp at a remote lake for the annual kite festival, where the owners of the only nearby eating establishment are sizing them up as both customers and potential ingredients. Mokri skillfully keeps the violence off screen while ratcheting up the tension with skillful camera work and a creeping atmosphere of dread. Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

Shahram Mokri is a graduate of Cinema from Tehran's Soureh College. Raised in a family of movie lovers, he began making short films in 2000 and has also edited for television and short and documentary films. His short films brought him national and international recognition and his debut feature film, Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories, had its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2009. Mokri's second film, Fish & Cat, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was awarded the Creativity in Content Prize. His directorial credits also include Electric Shock and Fly (2000); Dragonfly Storm (2002); Limit of Circle (2005); This is the Question (2006); ANDO-C (2007); Youth and Art (2010); and Raw, Cooked, Burned (2011).

Location: Law Building.

January 24, 2015



7 p.m. : Fifi Howls from Happiness



Fifi az khoshhali zooze mikeshad

2013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Mitra Farahani

USA/Iran/France

96 minutes

Explore provocative artist Bahman Mohassess (19312010), the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess was revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later on by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Rome, where the filmmakers enticed him to reflect upon his life.

9 p.m. : A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night



2014, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

2014, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran/USA

B/W

99 minutes

Viewers are dropped in the midst of a Neo-noir vampire romance set in a stylish Iranian underworld. Sheila Vand plays a hijab-clad Nosferata who rides a skateboard at night, stalking dealers and junkies who prey on women like her. When she chances upon good-hearted Arash (Arash Marandi), the two make a connection that quickly becomes jeopardized. Director Ana Lily Amirpour's long, glistening black-and-white shots dazzle by turning even the grimiest interiors into sensual spaces of danger, intrigue, and romance.

January 25, 2015



5 p.m. : Short Films by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh



20112013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

20112013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran/USA

90 minutes

When the Kid Was a Kid

(Iran, 2011, 17 min., in Farsi with English subtitles)

Ten-year-old Taha lives with his divorced mother. He plays dress-up with other neighborhood children as they imitate their parents. By playing his mom, Taha understands new things about her lifestyle.

Needle

(USA, 2013, 21 min.)

Young Lilly is going to get her ears pierced, but a quarrel between her parents overwhelms the situation.

"Needle impressed me with its humor, clarity, and unique tone. I felt something I rarely do when watching short films: awed." filmmaker Jane Campion (The Piano)

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, an artist and filmmaker based in Houston, was born in Tehran and is currently in her second year as a fellow in the Museum's Core Residency Program. She won the first Cinéfondation prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and her work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries internationally. In this program, Ghazvinizadeh presents her two acclaimed short films about childhood and coming of age, and she discusses the third film in this trilogy shot in Houston in the fall of 2014.

Ghazvinizadeh's art involves film, video, and writing. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Germany, Italy, Canada, Czech Republic, Vietnam, and Iran. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ghazvinizadeh was awarded an Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship from SAIC in 2013, and reviews of her work have appeared in Variety and Chicago Tribune.

6:30 p.m. : Sensitive Floor



Tabagheye hasas

Directed by Kamal Tabrizi

2014, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran

98 minutes

Kamali holds a fancy funeral for his wife, but he is not at all sad. He is shocked to find that his wife's burial ground was double contracted, and that his wife has been buried with the body of an unknown man. After he has a dream involving his wife with another man, he believes it an omen indicating the grave situation will hurt his reputation. So he begins to do everything he can to save his reputation, which eventually leads him to his own downfall. 2014 Busan International Film Festival

January 31, 2015



9 p.m. : A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night



2014, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

2014, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran/USA

B/W

99 minutes

Viewers are dropped in the midst of a Neo-noir vampire romance set in a stylish Iranian underworld. Sheila Vand plays a hijab-clad Nosferata who rides a skateboard at night, stalking dealers and junkies who prey on women like her. When she chances upon good-hearted Arash (Arash Marandi), the two make a connection that quickly becomes jeopardized. Director Ana Lily Amirpour's long, glistening black-and-white shots dazzle by turning even the grimiest interiors into sensual spaces of danger, intrigue, and romance.

7 p.m. : Bending the Rules



Ghaedeye tasadof

Directed by Behnam Behzadi

2013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran

93 minutes

A Tehran theater company is preparing to travel to Paris to perform at a prestigious drama festival. Arrangements are in order for everyone except the lead actress, whose father has hidden her passport in order to prevent her from leaving Iran. As the others try to help resolve the situation, tensions erupt, causing conflict between members of the company. Will they have to replace their star on short notice? Will they board the flight?

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Bending the Rules illuminates the conflict between emboldened young people and an older generation that fears the consequences of rebellion.

February 1, 2015



5 p.m. : Fifi Howls from Happiness



Fifi az khoshhali zooze mikeshad

2013, in Farsi with English subtitles

Directed by Mitra Farahani

USA/Iran/France

96 minutes

Explore provocative artist Bahman Mohassess (19312010), the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess was revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later on by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Rome, where the filmmakers enticed him to reflect upon his life.

Additional Films at Rice Cinema



February 6, 2015



7:00 PM - Profession: Documentarist

Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei

Seven women Iranian directors explore the complex factors within Iranian society that brought them to filmmaking and influence the way there films turn out.

February 7, 2015



7:00 PM : What's The Time In Your World?

Safi Yazdanian

On a sudden whim Goli (Leila Hatami, A Separation) decides to return to Iran after 20 years of living in France. She lands in Rasht, her home town, located in the north of the country. Farhad (Ail Mosaffa, The Past), a frame maker by trade, comes to welcome her. He seems to know her well, but the young woman has absolutely no recollection of him. With cinematography by Homayoun Payva (A Taste of Cherry, Life and Nothing More).

Date:

January 23-February 1, 2015

Additional Films February 6-7, 2015

Cost:

General $10

Museum members, senior adults, and students with ID receive a $2 discount

Locations:

Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

Rice Cinema, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005

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