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Iranian Cinema: A minor presence yet influential
Iranian cinema

Iranian Cinema: A minor presence yet influential 

When it comes to talking about cinema and movie, first thing that cross everyone’s mind is Hollywood. Any human being have watched Hollywood Movies for once, unless they’re living in the cave! But besides America and other developed countries, some movies from rest of the world have garnered international fame in recent years which proves Hollywood is not alone, “like Iranian Cinema”.

Follow us to know more about:

• An introduction on Iranian Cinema

• The background of Iranian Cinema

• Iranian Cinema in Worldwide Festivals

• Great Artists in Iranian Cinema

• New Iranian movies

Iranian Cinema: Introduction

Iran has long been a flourishing garden of cinema, known for the blunt minimalism. The cinema of Iran represents Iranian beliefs, emotions and arts to the world, an emblem of the creative Iranian mind.

Iran has been lauded as one of the best exporters of cinema in 1990. Many International Film festivals have honored Iranian Cinema in the last twenty years and few international festivals have been held without the participant of Iranian movies.

Some critics now rank Iran as the world’s most important national cinema, artistically. If you watch best Iranian films, you’ll find out where the real Iran is.

Iranian Cinema: Background

Iranian movie production traced back to 1930. “Abi and Rabi” was the first Iranian movie, directed by Armenian filmmaker, Ovaness Oganians. Unfortunately, there’s nothing left from this movie, just some faded photographs. The first Iranian movie still in existence is “Haji Aqa” also made by Ovaness Oganians. There is a complete copy of this movie in the Tehran press of the time. Since then, Iran has made so many movies which have taken the top prizes of many festivals.

Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi

Iranian Cinema: Attendance in Worldwide Festivals

Many film critics from around the world, have praised Iranian cinema as one of the world’s most important artistic cinemas. The most important film festival in the world is Oscars. It is such an honor for any cinema to get a chance to participate in the Academy Awards. Iran has submitted films for the best Academy Award for the best international feature film regularly since 1994. A total number of twenty-five films have been submitted for Oscar consideration and three films have received an Oscar nomination.

They are as follows:

– Children of Heaven (1997) by Majid Majidi

– The salesman (2016) by Asghar Farhadi

– A separation (2011) by Asghar Farhadi

Two out of three nominations (The salesman and A separation) have won an award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Iran’s presence in this market may be a minor one, but shows a great sign of increase. Best and new Iranian movies have been nominated not only in Oscars but also in other International Festivals in different categories, including Cannes, The Golden Awards, Venice, Berlin, London, Moscow, Chicago, Sydney, etc.

Iranian cinema: Great Artists

Iranian cinema has introduced great actors, actresses and directors to the world as well.

– Abbas Kiarostami, the only Iranian director who has won Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

– Jafar Panahi is the only Iranian director who has won Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

– Shahab Hosseini has won two major acting awards at 69th Cannes Film Festival & 61st Berlin

International Film Festival

– Leila Hatami is another award-winning actress which was a jury member of 2012 Rome International Film Festival.

Cannes festival
Cannes festival

Other Iranians garnered international fame

– Shohreh Aghdashloo

– Nazanin Boniadi

– Peyman Moadi

– Ali Mosaffa

– Homayoun Ershadi

– Yara Shahidi

Not only you can watch best Iranian films around the world but also Iranian actors and actresses have played important roles in Hollywood movies.

As an example, Golshifteh Farahani is a famous actress worldwide. She started her acting career at the age of 6. Since then she played in many best Iranian films which have been screened or awarded at international festivals such as “Half moon” and “Mim mesle Moadar”. Her last film in Iran “About Elly” (2009) won a Silver Bear in Berlin and the Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca (2009). Then, she abandoned her country and went to France. After playing in Body of Lies (2008) by Ridley Scott, Golshifteh became the first Iranian star to act in a major Hollywood production with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. She was also a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival in 2010.

Now let me introduce you to the best Iranian films:

– The Lizard, Comedy

– Gheisar, crime, drama

– A separation, drama

– The salesman, drama

– About Elly, thriller, drama

– Hush, girls don’t scream, drama

– Santouri, drama, music

– Bodyguard, action, thriller

There are also new Iranian movies that you shouldn’t miss. These new Iranian movies have been nominated in different international film festivals.

leila Hatami
leila Hatami

New Iranian movies

– Just 6.5 (2019), action, crime, drama

– The castle of dreams (2019), drama

– When the moon was full (2019), drama, romance

– The warden (2019), drama, thriller

– Sheeple (2018), drama, crime

– Cold sweat (2018), drama, sport

– The lost strait (2018), drama

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