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Iranian Film Season

The 2019 Iranian Film Season will include 9 feature films and 7 short films, starting from Friday 1st of March 2019. The Filmhouse Cinema is the venue for all screenings. Please contact the cinema directly to book your tickets.  

St John’s Church


Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
T: +(44) 131 228 2688, W: www.filmhousecinema.com


Affairs of the Heart: Men and Women in Iranian Cinema

Co-curated by the renowned and iconic face of Iranian cinema, Fatemeh Motamed Arya, and Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (University of Edinburgh), the Edinburgh Iranian Film festival returns this year with an exciting selection of films. Across narratives dealing with mental health, social depravation, and war, amongst others, the festival films explore the complexities of forging and maintaining relationships in Iranian society past and present.

The festival will open with a special screening of maestro Abbas Kiarostami’s final film 24 Frames followed by a post-screening panel discussion.


24 Frames  24 فریم  Bist o chahar frame (Followed by Q&A)

Date: Friday 1st Mar 2019
Time: 20:15
Abbas Kiarostami • Iran/France 2017 • 1h54m • PG • Persian with English subtitles

What happens in the moments before and after a photograph is taken? 24 Frames is an experimental project made by filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in the last three years of his life. It is a collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minute films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs.

In Conversation: Ahmad Kiarostami, Mark Cousins and Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz

When Kiarostami died in 2016, the film was near completion but not finished. The remaining work was eventually undertaken in Toronto, supervised by the filmmaker’s son, Ahmad Kiarostami. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Ahmad Kiarostami, Mark Cousins and Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz.


Tale of the Sea حکایت دریا Hekayat-e darya

Date: Saturday 2nd Mar 2019
Time: 15:15
Bahman Farmanara • Iran 2018 • 1h37m • 12A • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Bahman Farmanara, Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Leila Hatami, Saber Abar, Ali Nassirian

Taher Mohebi is a well-known writer who, after witnessing a violent murder, breaks down and spends three years in a mental institution. After release, he is told that things are just as they were before, but his relentless hallucinations make him want to return to the institution.



African Violet بنفشه آفریقایی Banafshe-ye Afrighai (Followed by Q&A)

Date: Saturday 2nd Mar 2019
Time: 17:30
Mona Zandi Haghighi • Iran 2019 • 1h33m • Digital • PG • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Saeed Aghakani, Reza Babak, Mehdi Hosseini Nia, Roya Javidnia

Middle-aged Shokoo finds out that ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. She, and second husband Reza, decide to take care of Fereydoun themselves in their own home. In doing so, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun is significantly transformed. This new situation affects Reza and Shokoo’s daily life and unexpected changes take place in the lives of all three characters.

In Conversation: Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Nasrine Médard de Chardon (Mirshab) and Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz

Following the screening of two of Fatemeh Motamed Arya’s films, Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz will discuss the challenges facing the creation, curation, and distribution of Iranian films with Fatemeh Motamed Arya and distributor Nasrine Médard de Chardon.



Bomb, A Love Story بمب، یک عاشقانه Bomb, yek asheghaneh

Date: Sunday 3rd Mar 2019
Time: 14:00
Payman Maadi • Iran 2018 • 1h37m • 12A • Persian with English subtitleses

Cast: Leila Hatami, Payman Maasi, Siamak Ansari, Habib Rezaei

It is 1988 and, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, Tehran is bombed relentlessly. The days that pass are full of foreboding, and yet, love, affection, hope and life itself manage to sweep away the fear of death from those surrounded by it. Love may often be difficult to comprehend, but death is a horrible certitude. ‘Bomb, A Love Story’ shows how, even when faced with the darkness of death, love and hope will find a way.


I Want to Be A King من میخوام شاه بشم Man mikhaam shah besham

Date: Sunday 3rd Mar 2019
Time: 20:30
Mehdi Ganji • Iran 2015 • 1h10m • 12A • Persian with English subtitles • Documentary

Cast: Abbas Barzegar

With the support of his wife and three children, Abbas runs a successful Eco-tourism business by turning his home into a guesthouse in a nomadic area of Iran. He has an ambitious dream to create his own tribe and becomes its leader with a young nomadic girl to be his, and the tribe’s, queen. This news does not go down well with his current wife and children.


Iranian Short Film Showcase برگزیده های فیلم کوتاه

Date: Monday 4th Mar 2019
Time: 18:00

The festival is screening a showcase of short films for the first time this season. The films were selected from open call submissions from Iranian filmmakers around the world. Relationships, religion, children, and duty are some of the issues explored in these contrasting films. They are in a variety of languages, which reflect the diversity and experiences of the filmmakers themselves.



Be Patient

Ali Derakhshandeh • Iran/Italy 2017 • 7m • PG • Italian with English subtitles
Marta talks about her secret child with a priest.



Without Morning

Mohammad Baghi • Iran 2016 • 12m • 15 • Persian with English subtitles
It is dawn and Erfan (a soldier and prison guard) has the job of removing the footstool on which a condemned man rests. The victim’s mother could give a pardon, but it depends on the result of a religious consultation.



Bitter Sea

Fateme Ahmadi • UK 2017 • 15m • 12A • English/Romanian with English subtitles
To keep her job and home in London, an immigrant single mother has to hide her daughter from her boss and landlord.




Mir Abbas Khosravinezhad • Iran 2017 • 12m • Digital • PG • Persian with English subtitles
A mother, living in a village, protects her precious cattle from thieves.



A Pinprick of Light

Kasra Karimi • UK 2017 • 13m • PG • English
Inspired by true events, John M. Hull, a university professor, starts to lose his eyesight and fears that his world is slipping away. He holds onto a dream that keeps alive the memories of what he holds dear.



Private Chicken

Roya Atarzadeh Asl • Iran 2018 • 8m • U • Persian with English subtitles
After an earthquake, 6-year-old Taha builds his own soldiers to help search for his missing mother.



Trump Card

Mohammadreza Aminabadi, Amir Hossein Shakeri • Iran 2018 • 17m • U • Persian with English subtitles
Things start to go wrong when the son of a school janitor takes over his father’s role in his absence.





Brick and Mirror خشت و آینه Khesht-o ayneh

Date: Tuesday 5th Mar 2019
Time: 18:00
Ebrahim Golestan • Iran 1964 • 2h10m • PG • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Taj-al-Molouk Ahmadi, Zakaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Akbar Meshkin, Jalal Moghadam, Parviz Fannizadeh

Following 24 hours in the life of Hashem, a cab driver in 1963 Tehran, the film presents the everyday fears and anxieties of ordinary Iranian men. The future of the baby left behind in Hashem’s cab seems to be tied to his secret relationship to Taji. Does he heed to her calls to emerge from the fear engulfing him, and appreciate the little pleasures of life? 



Hendi and Hormoz هندی و هرمز Hendi-o Hormoz

Date: Wednesday 6th Mar 2019
Time: 18:00
Abbas Amini • Iran 2018 • 1h28m • Digital • PG • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Hamed Alipour, Zohreh Eslami, Asma Daneh-chin, Mohammad Banouj

On the island of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, according to local custom, thirteen-year-old Hendi is married off to sixteen-year-old Hormoz. Despite the fact that the young couple hardly know each other, they fully enjoy the beginning of their married life together. However, events occur which darken their original joy and lead to unexpected outcomes.





Sunset Truck یک کامیون غروب Yek kamioun ghoroub

Date: Thursday 7th Mar 2019
Time: 18:00pm
Abolfazl Saffary • Iran 2018 • 1h21m • Digital • PG • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Pejman Bazeghi, Roshanak Gerami, Nader Fallah, Saman Saffari, Manzar Lashgari

An Iranian family have been running a camp for desert lovers for many years, but business is slowing down. Arash, the youngest son, comes up with the novel idea of using Facebook to attract new visitors to the camp with the promise of providing the most beautiful sunsets anywhere in the world. Business takes off again, but other problems quickly arise that could threaten the camp’s existence. Sayeh is a pregnant, single woman living in the camp. One day she receives an unexpected visitor - the rich bureaucrat father of Sayeh’s unborn child - who wants to force Sayeh into an abortion while keeping everything from his wife.


Sound and Fury

Date: Friday 8th Mar 2019
Time: 20:40pm
Houman Seyedi • Iran 2016 • 95min • Digital • 15 • Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Tanaz Tabatabael, Navid Mohamadzadeh, Rana Azadivar, Saeed Changizian

Khosro, a pop singer, lives a hectic life with his wife Tina and their son Moez. His life is further complicated when he begins a love affair with a female fan. A terrible event ensues obliging the lovers to each recount their side of the story in pursuit of the truth.






















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