Back for its 8th year, the Persian Film Festival returns to Sydney from 4-8 December 2019 and will be screening at Palace Cinemas. From a sensational psychological drama to captivating documentaries and graphically spellbinding animation; boundary pushing arthouse cinema to fascinating true stories, this year's program shines a light on trailblazing Persian language filmmakers from all corners of the globe.
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The festival's Opening Night screening of a powerful war drama Suddenly a Tree will be attended by the award-winning Iranian actressMahnaz Afshar. This Iran-Iraq war drama pieces together a man's life story from childhood to his arrest for illegal border crossing to his reunion with an old lover through his own narration, conversations with the police interrogator and a psychoanalyst. Mahnaz Afshar also stars in the program highlight The Oath, which chronicles a woman's gruelling mission to bring her sister's presumed murderer to justice.
African Violet the Closing Night Film is a Jury Prize winner at the Tripoli Film Festival 2019. It explores the complex relationship dynamics between Shokkoo, her ex-husband whom she takes in from a nursing home, and her disapproving second husband. Both Opening and Closing Night events include food and drink in the ticket prices.
One of the groundbreaking documentaries includes Finding Farideh. Iran's entry for the Academy Awards 2020, it's a moving exploration of identity. It follows an Iranian girl who was adopted by a Dutch couple as a child and now returns to her motherland to meet with three families that claim to be her biological relatives.
Other docos include Gracefully which looks into the life of a drag queen; Beloved, a heartwarming look into the life of an 80-year-old woman living an isolated lifestyle in the mountains without modern comforts; Shouting at the Wind, follows a teenager's 4 year endeavour to become a singer in the face of opposition; Fading Portraits, the dilemma of a photographer who must decide whether or not to omit certain photos or to maintain persistence that historical events cannot be censored and Like My Name Pegah, a free-spirited teenage girl must provide money to save her boyfriend in a drug withdrawal camp before he is sent to a forced labour camp where death is commonplace.
Of the Feature Length Films highlights include critically acclaimed Orange Days. A Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize-winning drama, this is the tale of a lone female contractor working in the orange fields of Northern Iran who earns a promotion and must overcome the misogynistic backlash she faces for her achievement.
Another gripping drama is The Orphanage. A 15-year-old boy living in the streets of Kabul dreams of becoming a Bollywood star. However that all ends when he is captured by Soviet police and forced into a state facility. Last but not least Reza is a heartwarming dramedy following a newly divorced man's journey as he adapts to his new lonely life after nine years of marriage.
Hosting over 30 sessions, a special documentary program, Q&As, forums, masterclasses and special events, come along and celebrate this years's Persian Film Festival. Enjoy the feature films on offer that includes a graphically spellbinding animation about love under the oppressiveness of Taliban rule; a harrowing story of a 5 year old boy who goes missing and returns with alarming signs from his experience; a tale of 7 girls all robbed of finding love and finding their own destinies; a chilling drama about honour killing and more.
This is a Festival that celebrates its rich cinematic culture in and with Australian communities, so go out and experience it.