Month: May 2017

Owsia (Darkened Water)

MI | 24.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum

2500-year-old aqueduct of Qanate near Yazd (Sarkh) is considered an environmental UNESCO world heritage. Due to corruption and mismanagement the subterranean canals are not being maintained properly. Wastewater pollution is poisoning pure and clear water on its 84 km watercourse and causing its decay.

The Lonely Lake

WED | 24.05. 20.00 h | Filmforum

This is a documentary about the critical condition of Lake Urmia in north-western Iran, which is in danger of drying out completely. The Lake has been the world’s second largest hyper saline lake after the Dead Sea and is home to countless faunal and animal species.

Simulation (Tamaroz)

THU | 25.05. 13.00 h | Filmforum

Somewhere in southern Iran three young men are being incarcerated. At the precinct the events that have let to their incarceration are being reenacted. At first, the story takes a backseat to the minimalistic set. But as the story unfolds the hopelessness of the protagonists becomes more and more evident.

Being born (Be Donya Amadan)

THU | 25.05. 15.00 h | Filmforum

Pari and Farhad are a middle-class family who are both involved in theatre and cinema. They love each other and are happy with their son, though Pari unwantedly becomes pregnant. Farhad insists on abortion but Pari believes the abortion is inhuman and cannot accept her husband’s idea. A baby, who has to possibly make a family life happier, causes some serious changes in their situation.

Program of NAHAL FILM FESTIVAL 100ˈ + Guest

THU | 25.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum

The Iranian Film festival in Cologne attaches great importance to the up-and-coming generation; we regularly present promising debut films. Quality and talent are already evident in the training. At Iranian Filmhochschulen high-quality documentaries and short films are produced. Together with the NAHAL-Studentenfilmfestival, we will be presenting extraordinary newcomer films.

Pale Mirrors

THU | 25.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum

Eine Frau hat 24 Stunden Zeit, um schwanger zu werden – ihre letzte Möglichkeit, Mutter zu werden, angesichts einer ungewissen Zukunft.

The Sis (Abji)

DO | 25.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum

Abji is dependent on her mother because of her handicap, but the old lady is worried what will become of her when she is no longer there. A portrait of a middle-class family, held together only by female members. After her studies, Marjan Ashrafizadeh shot over 20 short films and 5 television films. Abji is her first feature film.

Daughter (Dokhtar)

FR | 26.05. 21.30 h | Filmforum

A young girl (Setareh) leaves her hometown in south of Iran for a half day trip with her girlfriends to Tehran to attend a close friend's goodbye party without permission of her strict father. Her father Ahmad sets out to search for his daughter and is confronted by the ghosts of his own past. On her way back home hazy weather changes all she had planned. The famous film maker Reza Mirkarimi tells the story of a complicated father-daughter relationship in the field of tension of modernity and tradition.

Another Time (Zamani Digar)

SA | 27.05. 13.00 h | Filmforum

Ghadir, a chemical plant worker, protesting against being unpaid for over a year, is arrested during a demonstration and imprisoned without trial. He is released one year later with no explanation given. On arriving home he finds out his daughter, Somayeh, has given birth out of wedlock and will not talk about the identity of her child’s father.

Breath (Nafas)

SA | 27.05. 15.00 h | Filmforum

The girl Bahareh experiences the dramatic time of the Iranian Revolution and later the Iran-Iraq war through the lens of a daydreamer, who retreats into the world of fairy tales. For the sensitive and talented Bahar, the distressing political events are in harsh contrast to her protective family circle. Narges Abyars’ third feature film walks the line between period film and children’s film with great virtuosity. By inserting small animated scenes the audience gets to take a peek into Bahareh’s dream world. Guest: Narges Abyar

Scenes from a Divorce (Sahnehai az yek talagh)

SA | 27.05. 17.30 h | Filmforum

After eight years of marriage, Maryam and Bashoo decide to get a divorce. But to keep their families from finding out, they continue to live together. In a society as traditional and religious as Iran, living together as an unmarried couple is not only illegal but also seen by many as a sin. An intimate yearlong look at the private life of a modern Iranian couple, Scenes from a Divorce explores the reasons behind Maryam and Bashoo's decision to end their marriage and continue living together.

Life and a Day (Abad va yek rooz)

SA | 27.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum
Film Debut!

Somayeh, the youngest daughter of an indigent family, is getting married to a wealthy Afghan man in order to escape her circumstances. Fear is overwhelming each and every member of the family regarding how to overcome their difficulties after she's gone. Soon Somayeh realizes the real motivation behind this arrangement. Rostaies first feature film paints a realistic picture of the cruel reality of poverty and addiction.

Close to Kiarostami (Dar Nazdiki-ye Kiarostami)

SUN | 28.05. 12.00 h | Filmforum
Hommage Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami himself thought “Close to Kiarostami” was the best documentary that had been made about him. In this portrait, famous directors and actors like Juliet Binoche, Michel Piccoli, Bernardo Bertulocci, Theo Angelopoulos, and Youssef Chahine talk about Kiarostami. 44 minutes, that brings the audience a little closer to the late great Kiarostami’s work and private life.


SUN | 28.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum
Program Change

Als Mohey aus dem Waisenhaus geholt und von ihrer Zwillingsschwester getrennt wird, beginnt für sie ein aussichtsloses Dasein im kriminellen Milieu. Ausgebeutet und missbraucht, willigt sie schließlich in eine Zeitehe ein, und erhofft sich einen Ausweg ...

Italia Italia

SUN | 28.05. 19.30 h | Filmforum
Debut / International Premiere

The movie, produced by Mehdi Sabbaghzadeh and written by Kaveh Sabbaghzadeh, stars Hamed Komeili, Sara Bahrami, Farid Sajjad-Hosseini, Homayoun Ershadi, Ali Mollaqolipour and Faezeh Alavi. Made in a musical, fantasy and comedy genre, the plot of Italy Italy reads, “I love you and it has nothing to do with you”.