I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators Launches at TIFF
It’s long been rumored that Iran has a rich and robust national cinema. That “rumor” is not meant to be sarcastic, because despite a body of critical literature on Iranian cinema, the work itself has been remarkably difficult to see. Due to domestic religious and political censorship and poor distribution outside of Iran, world cinephiles have largely been denied access to these films.
In the run-up to the 2014 Fribourg International Film Festival, artistic director Thierry Jobin invited 14 Iranian filmmakers to select their own cinematic favourites and then worked to present those films at the festival. TIFF now continues that initiative and brings these screen gems to Toronto audiences with I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators, screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 5 to April 4, 2014.
Ranging from Iran’s entry into filmmaking in the late silent era to the first Iranian New Wave of the late ’60s and early ’70s through to the contemporary A Separation, the first Iranian film to win a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, I for Iran offers an intriguing glimpse into a heretofore national cinema that has remained pretty opaque to Western audiences.
For a complete programme list and to purchase tickets, visit tiff.net.