Filmgoers at Cannes thrilled by „A Respectable Family“: Producer

Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian drama „A Respectable Family,“ directed by Masud Bakhshi, thrilled filmgoers in its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, the producer Mohammad Afarideh said on Monday.

It was a great surprise that non-Iranian filmgoers‘ were able to relate to the Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war) and the concept of martyrdom, which are themes of the film, Mohammad Afarideh told the Persian service of the Mehr New Agency.

„A Respectable Family“ is Masud Bakhshi’s debut feature. It is about Arash, an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Tehran, where his mother lives. After being drawn into a series of domestic and financial problems, he is reminded of the hardships of his childhood at the beginning of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

„The film has an Iranian storyline, but the structure Bakhshi has chosen for the dialogue helps attract foreign audiences as well,“ Afarideh said.

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A major part of the plot tells the story of a man who got entangled in the tragedy of war and the film also is somehow a narration of the liberation of Khorramshahr, which occurred 30 years ago, he added.

The movie is an entry to the Directors‘ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.

„A Respectable Family“ was edited by French editor Jacques Comets. Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sediqian, Ahu Kheradmand, and Behnaz Jafari are the main members of the cast.

Panahi-Film in Cannes

SPON: Eingesperrt – und trotzdem im Kino präsent: Bei den Filmfestspielen von Cannes, die am 11. Mai starten, wird in einer Spezialvorführung der neue Film des gefeierten und verfolgten iranischen Regisseur Jafar Panahi gezeigt.

Schon auf der letzten Berlinale war die Solidarität mit ihm enorm, jetzt erhält der iranische Filmemacher auf einem weiteren großen europäischen Filmfestival Unterstützung: Der neue Film des zu jahrelanger Haft verurteilten Dschafar Panahi wird beim Festival in Cannes gezeigt. “In Film Nist” (“Dies ist kein Film”) sei für eine Spezialvorstellung ausgewählt worden, teilten die Organisatoren am Samstag mit. […]

NEGATIV: Zwei Filme der iranischen Regisseure Jafar Panahi und Mohammad Rasoulof erreichten in den letzten Tagen das Festival. Die Regisseure befinden sich gerade für sechs Jahre in Haft, und haben für die nächsten 20 Jahre Berufsverbot. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Reuters: Cannes film festival honors jailed Iran directors

PARIS (Reuters) – Jailed Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof will be honored at the Cannes film festival this year, organizers said on Sunday.

Rasoulof’s „Good Bye“ — the story of a young Tehran lawyer trying to get a visa to leave Iran, and „This is not a film“ — Panahi’s depiction of a day in his life as he waits for the verdict of a court appeal, will be shown at the festival, they said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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