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With the deadline looming for Tehran to reach a nuclear agreement with world powers, six top Iranian film directors have launched an Internet campaign with the tagline “there is no deal that is worse than no deal,” marking the strongest public statement on the subject to come from the country’s creative community.
The dedicated website no2nodeal.com significantly is in English and clearly directed at the international community. It features pictures of the six prominent helmers – including 2011 foreign Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) (pictured), revered auteur Abbas Kiarostami, and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, considered Iran’s premier female helmer, whose multi-stranded “Tales” recently won the best screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival.
Iran and six world powers have given themselves a deadline of November 24 for either reaching a deal or giving up negotiations. The six world powers are the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.
- Nick Vivarelli
Hello Cinema has a really fascinating conversation about the reception of foreign films, Iranian and elsewhere, in North America referencing interesting movies like A Separation, Leila, Mother of George, Children of Heaven, City of God, and many more
Man, I Love Films on the beloved 40s noir horror Cat People (such a good flick, huh?)
Guardian George Clooney, perpetual bachelor, is engaged!
Theater Mania Grease Live! will be the next TV musical event after The Sound of Music's success. No cast yet (and good luck strying ot out Stockard/Olivia/John) but it's aiming for 2015
- NATHANIEL R
Iran has been lauded as one of the best exporters of cinema in the past three decades. Many critics now rank Iran as the world’s most important national cinema, artistically, with a significance that invites comparison to Italian neorealism and similar movements in the past. During that time, Iran has submitted a total of seventeen films for Oscar consideration including Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, to name a few. And soon Iran will introduce the world to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, billed as the first Iranian Vampire Western. The film which is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut as a director, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, and comes from SpectreVision, a relatively new genre-oriented company created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The first teaser has dropped online, and had I seen it a week earlier, »
3 items from 2014
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