Nach der Vorführung der beiden Dokumentarfilme über die Qanate bei Yazd sowie den Urmiasee wurden in großer Runde zahlreiche Themen rund um die Wasserproblematik in Iran angeschnitten.
WED | 24.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum
Environmental issues like pollution or shortages of natural resources are more and more of concern for the Iranian people. Filmmakers are documenting the endangerment of Iran’s unique nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FR | 26.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum
Spotlight on: Mohammad Kart
A Suburb in Shiraz: three women of different age in unfavourable conditions they manage to provide for their families. Their partners ran away, are addicted or dead. Kart does not portrait their misery but tells a story of aspirations, passions, and hopes.
FR | 26.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum
When Mohsen kills his brother in a quarrel, the possibility of – in Iranian law stipulated – qisas (retaliation) comes to the forefront. Ghorbani orchestrated a family drama, which has only been made possible through the law of vendetta in Iran.
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.
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.
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
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.
SA | 27.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum
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.
SA | 27.05. 21.30 h | Filmforum
Spotlight on: Massoud Bakshi / Film Debut!
After 22 years abroad Arash returns to Iran. His nephew convinces him to visit his dying father one last time. A political thriller unfolds with all its ingredients: fright, suspense, and a surprising plot twist. In his first feature film Massoud Bakhshi portraits a fearful society.
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. 13.00 h | Filmforum
Hommage Abbas Kiarostami / Restored Version
The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince the family Ahankhah they would star in his so-called new film. Kiarostami filmed the trial against Makhmalbaf and let the involved parties reenact the events.
SUN | 28.05. 15.00 h | Filmforum
Spotlight on: Massoud Bakshi
The director and his film crew make a journey through 150 years of Tehran’s history. They want to depict the changes from 19th century Qajar dynasty to today’s metropolis, but end up documenting the failure of their project humorously. Guest Massoud Bakhshi
SUN | 28.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum
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 ...
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”.