Sunday, January 04, 2009

Films from 49 countries line up for Tehran's Fajr Festival



TEHRAN, Jan. 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign films from 49 countries will go on screen at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival which will be held from February 1 to 11, 2009 at various Tehran theaters. 
Nineteen countries from Asia, eighteen countries from Europe, seven countries from America, Four countries from Africa and one country from Oceania will screen their films during the gala.

The films, provided with Persian subtitles, will go on screen in several competitive sections of the festival, including International, Asia Cinema, and Spiritual Cinema and also in the non-competitive section of the festival.
This edition of festival will pay tribute to world-renowned cineastes and has dedicated sections to them.

Four Oscar-winning films by John Ford "The Quiet Man," "How Green Was My Valley," "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Stagecoach" will go on screen at the festival. 

The festival will also review films directed by renowned British filmmaker Mike Leigh in a section entitle "Mike Leigh, Political and social critic, like Ken Loach".

Born in 1943 in Britain, Mike Leigh is an English film and stage director, screenwriter, and playwright. Leigh began his career in the 1960s, and is often compared to filmmaker Ken Loach, who also makes social realism-orientated films that focus on the banal conflicts of everyday life of ordinary people. 
Some of his well-known films include "Life is Sweet," "Topsy Turvy" (1999), and the bleak working-class drama "All or Nothing" (2002). 

A section of the festival entitled "Silent but Alive" is dedicated to world filmmakers who lost their lives in 2008.
Films directed by late world filmmakers Anthony Minghella (Britain), Robert Mulligan (USA), Youssef Chahine (Egypt), Kon Ichikawa (Japan), Dino Risi (Italy) and Sydney Pollack (USA) will go on display at the festival.

The late American actor Paul Newman will be also be commemorated and several films in which Newman starred will go on display during the festival.
The festival will present Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan with a lifetime achievement award.

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