International Short Film Festival 2007, Independent Films on Iran

Selected Films

  1. The Ugliest Angel in the World (Zeshttarin Fereshteye ruye Zamin) The Ugliest Angel in the World
    • Writer/Director: Atefeh Khademolreza
    • Camera: Hossein Khademolreza
    • Editor: Atefeh Khademolreza
    • Art Design: Amir Hossien Biparva, Roya Khademolreza
    • Sound Recording: Eskandar Ghasemi Nezhad, Ali Tajic
    • Sound Design: Kaveh Ghahreman
    • Music: Alireza Fashami, Kaveh Ghareman
    • Singer: Pendar Kooh Banani
    • Photography: Mohammad Faraji, Ali Mohareri Haie Esfahani
    • Production Manager: Zohreh Yaghoubi
    • Producer: Majid Khademolreza
    • Executive Producer: Zohreh Yaghobi
    • Cast: Ali Baghri, Ali Mohareri Haie Esfahani, Behrouz Panahandeh, Mehdi Nosrati, Masoomeh Sheikhzadeh, Alireza Kademolreza, Sasan Asi, Majid Khademolreza, Roya Khademolreza
    • 2005, Iran, 22.5 Min., Color, Fiction
    Synopsis:

    This is the story of an ugly angel whose greatest desire is to fulfill someone’s wish, a dream he hasn’t been able to realize because of bad luck. But now, he may have found his last chance in the form of a kid...

    About the filmmaker:

    Atefeh KhademolrezaAtefeh Khademolreza was born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran. She has a Master’s degree in film direction. Besides directing twelve short films, two video clips and some animated material, she has also worked on the short films of others as an editor, photographer and director’s assistant. She has participated in numerous film festivals, including the Khaneh Cinema Film Festival, the Fajr International Film Festival, and both the national and international festivals of Tehran, as well as national and international festivals in Germany, Italy, Armenia, Korea, France, Jordan and Holland, garnering some awards in the process.

    Ms. Khademolreza also took part in the Berlin Talent Campos where she was accepted into a team of editors who had the opportunity to edit a part of Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty. She also attended Interaction - Zlatibor 2006, a month-long international film student camp in Serbia sponsored by the Independent Film Center ‘Film Art.’ It was during this time that she made her short documentary, Inside the Circle.

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  2. Underneath My Father’s House (Zire Khake Khaneye Pedari)
    • Writer/Director: Naser Zeraati
    • Camera: Nazemedin Shams, Mansour Zweraati, Naser Zeraati
    • Music: Fereydoun Shahbazian, M. R. Shajarian
    • Editors: Naser Zeraati, Nezamedin Shams
    • Producer: Bokarhus
    • Production Company: House of Art & Literature of Guttenberg
    • Cast: Naser Zeraati
    • Sweden, 15 min., MinDv, Color, 2006, Documentary
    Synopsis:

    In the midst of the suppression and horror that marked the early days of the ‘80s in Iran, books, magazines, newspapers, notebooks and other handwritten materials were buried under the soil for fear of prosecution. After twenty years, they were unearthed to see what toll their time underground had taken.

    About the filmmaker:

    Naser ZeraatiNaser Zeraati is a film critic, novelist and documentary filmmaker who was born in 1951 in Tehran. He graduated from The School of Dramatic Arts in Tehran in Cinema and Television. He has published a novel, as well as numerous short stories and articles.

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  3. What If Spring Does Not Come? (Amma Agar Bahar Nayayad?)
    • Writer/Animator/Director: Alireza Darvish
    • Camera: Alireza Darvish
    • Sound/Editor: Sebastian Luhdo
    • Music: Naser Mehrvar & Cali
    • Producers: Alireza Darvish, Mina Siegel
    • Executive Producer: Mina Siegel
    • Germany/Iran, 35 min., Color, 2007, Fiction
    Synopsis:

    It is the nature of life that sometimes that which is possible for all becomes impossible for one. What If Spring Does Not Come? is a woman’s voyage of discovery of herself, her dreams, and her proper place among these impossibilities. It is a poetic appreciation of women’s efforts and a tribute to their supreme place in life.

    About the filmmaker:

    see the entry for The Foot Steps of Water.

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  4. White Lies (Weisse Lugen) White Lies
    • Writer/Director: Taies Farzan
    • Camera: Leah Striker
    • Sound: Tom Dokoupil
    • Music: Vivan Bahatti
    • Producer: Taies Farzan
    • Executive Producer: Mehdi Moinzadeh
    • Production Company: Memotafa
    • Cast: Janet, Özay Fecht, Niku Moinzadeh, Neelam Schlemminger, Ghorban Moinzadeh, Frederike Wagner, Peer Martiny
    • Germany, 15 min., B&W, 2005, Fiction
    • Winner, Best International Directorial Debut, Los Angeles Independent Film and Video Festival
    Synopsis:

    White Lies is a film about a young girl named Miriyam who lives with her mother and brother. The mother is a writer but it is very difficult profession for her to earn money. One day, Miriyam becomes acutely aware of her mother’s money problem and she decides to do something, but all she can think to do something that is not allowed. The question is, who is to blame? Miriyam or the situation?

    About the filmmaker:

    Taies FarzanTaies Farzan has worked in film in various capacities, including as an actor, producer and editor. She has also been active in the theatre. White Lies is her directorial debut. She currently lives in Germany.

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