International Short Film Festival 2007, Independent Films on Iran

Selected Films

  1. Felt Carpet (Kecheh) Felt Carpet (Kecheh)
    • Writer/Director: Alireza Jahanifar
    • Camera: A. Khatiri, M. Ghasemi
    • Editor: Alireza Jahanifar
    • Sound: Alireza Jahanifar
    • Music: Ana Vejdani
    • Producer: Alireza Jahanifar
    • Iran, 12 min., Color, 2006, Documentary
    Synopsis:

    The making of Felt Carpet was inspired by the wondrous natural environment in the border region between Iran and Turkmenistan.

    About the filmmaker:

    Alireza JahanifarAlireza Jahanifar was born in Gorgan province, located near the Caspian Sea. He shot his first photo at his sister’s birthday when he was nine years old. He has worked on assorted film projects since 2000.

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  2. Fish Talking Fish Talking
    • Writer/Director: Hassan Solhjou
    • Camera: Hassan Solhjou
    • Editor: Hassan Solhjou
    • Sound: Sina Jafarieh
    • Music: George Winston, ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ by Franz Liszt, ‘Alt Rume’ by Duo Shabane
    • Producer: Hassan Solhjou
    • Executive Producer: Zahra A. Moqadam
    • Cast: Amy Brangwyn, Mohammad Bidgoli, Bharti Tosmu, Ali Nazari, Sina Jafari, Faride R. Toosi
    • England, 14.5 min., Color, 2007, Fiction
    Synopsis:

    A film about the innocent days of childhood. 9-10-year-old Simon’s parents are working, so he has to stay at home with a babysitter. The babysitter is a young woman, aged 20-23, who is kind and beautiful. The girl and boy have lots of time to spend together, so they try to establish a relationship and have a fun. But things are getting complicated.

    About the filmmaker:

    Hassan SolhjouHassan Solhjou was born in May of 1970. He currently lives in the UK, where he works as a journalist and filmmaker. Before immigrating to the UK, he studied and produced film for the Iran Youth Cinema Society. Once in England, he studied film and video in London at an academic level (M.A in video and film). So far he has made ten short fiction films and documentaries, as well as two series of puppet films for Iranian TV.

    He has received several national and international awards. One of his films, The Night Season, won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography at the Iranian National Short Film Festival in 1991, received the Diploma of Honor from the Montecatini International Short Film Festival in Italy, and the Bronze Award from the International Short Film Festival in Austria. Fish Talking is his latest film to be produced in the UK.

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  3. Just Waiting Just Waiting
    • Director: Hamy Ramezan
    • Script: Edward Hobson, Hamy Ramezan
    • Camera & Set Design: Matthew King
    • Sound Recording: Bryce Dunn
    • Boom Operator: Neil Sweetman
    • Sound Design: James Jonathan Lee
    • Costumes: Vallerie Von Kittlitz
    • Editor: Edward Hobson
    • Producer: Orpheus Reineke
    • Online Supervisor: Rachel Williamson
    • Studio Manager: Chris Pinnock
    • Stills: Brian Geissel
    • Chaperone: Amanda McDermott
    • Behind the Scenes: Emily Callen
    • Cast: Puyan Heydari, Lucien Morgan, Malcom Sumeton, Vladimir Savenkov, Sebastian Freuler, Peter Edwards, Neil Sweetman, Jean Larche, Ilya Baklteev, Polina Savenkova
    • Finland, 10.5 min., Color, 2006, Fiction
    Synopsis:

    It is Yugoslavia in 1990, and a refugee boy and his father are desperate to be selected by the UN for deportation, which will remove them from the Padinska Skela Detention Centre for immigrants and criminals. Set amongst the backdrop of the football World Cup, young boy Amir discovers the dark world of a refugee camp.

    About the filmmaker

    Hamy RamezanHamy Ramezan was born in Tehran, Iran in 1979, during the Islamic revolution. When he was seven, the war between Iraq and Iran forced the Ramezan family to move out of Iran. Moving through many countries and facing numerous difficulties, Ramezan ended up in Yugoslavia as a refugee.

    Finally, after two years spent in the refugee camp, Finland welcomed the family to safety. Ramezan learned the Finnish language quickly. In 1995 he graduated from high school. Ramezan earned his first masters degree in stage acting in 2003.

    Ramezan has been a student in the BA (Honors) Film and Video course at the University College for the Creative Arts from September 2004, due to graduate with first class Honors this summer (2007).

    During his university years, Ramezan has proved himself to be an exceptional student. During the course he showed himself to be a talented and dedicated member of the student body, making films, which even from his first year have been of a quality to enter into film festivals and competitions.

    As a filmmaker, Ramezan is most interested in the subjects of social alienation, repression, and individual identity as well as national identities.

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  4. Night Story of the Boulevard (Dastane Shabe Bulvard)
    • Writer/Director: Mehran Valipour
    • Camera: Hadi Shafagh
    • Sound: Ashkan Fatemi
    • Editor: Abolfazl Talooni
    • Producer: Mehran Valipour
    • Executive Producer: Mahyar Valipour
    • Iran, 22.5 min., Color, 2007, Fiction
    Synopsis:

    Two groups of people run into each other at the same time at midnight and their destiny is chained to a man that is looking for the most popular square in his country...

    About the filmmaker

    Mehran ValipourMehran Valipour was born on November 23rd, 1985 in Isfahan, Iran. He graduated from high school in 2003 with honors in math. He subsequently took screenwriting courses at an art school in Tehran and then entered the Art University to continue his film studies. He has worked as a film editor since 2001, and in 2007 made his first short film, Night Story of the Boulevard. The film participated in the Nahal Festival in June 2007, winning both the Best Picture and Best Screenplay prizes.

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  5. The Other Side of The Broken Wall (Ansuye Divare Shekasteh) The Other Side of The Broken Wall
    • Writer/Director: Behrouz Maghsoudlou
    • Camera: Babak Zarafshan
    • Sound: Amir Hatami
    • Music: Iman Vaziri
    • Editor: Zhila Ipakchi
    • Producer: Bahman Maghsoudlou
    • Executive Producers: Bijan Maghsoudlou, Behzad Maghsoudlou
    • Production Company: International Film & Video Center
    • Cast: Feizollah Mehdikhani, Parvin Maikadeh, Mehdi Bitarafan
    • Iran/USA, 24 min., Color, 2006, Fiction
    • Based on a short story by Davoud Hosseini
    Synopsis:

    Two cotton-beaters travel to a village in search of work. As badly as they want to work, there are no jobs available. They finally encounter an old lady who agrees to feed them for a day. In return, she asks only that they repair the only blouse that she owns. As they do so, a memory form her past is revived.

    About the filmmaker

    Behrouz MaghsoudlouBehrouz Maghsoudlou was born in Kashan, Iran in 1948. He graduated from Tehran’s Melli University in 1975 with a Master’s degree. He is an experienced graphic architectural designer, having worked in the field since his graduation. In addition to architecture, he has also had a longtime interest in film, an interest he has pursued in a couple of different ways. He has acted a few times, most notably as a school superintendent in The Runner by Amir Naderi in 1985. He has also produced seven short films with Mr. Bahman Ghobadi, including Like Mother (1996, Winner, First Prize, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia), A Soldier Called Amin (1997, Winner, First Prize, Rosario International Film Festival, Argentina; Silver Prize, Denmark International Film Festival), and Life in Fog, winner of fifteen international awards, and the single most awarded short documentary in the history of Iranian cinema. The Other Side of the Broken Wall is his first outing as a writer/director.

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