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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei visited Tehran Times co-founder Irfan Parviz at his home in Tehran on Saturday evening.
     
    The 84-year-old journalist is suffering from various afflictions of old age. 
     
    The managing director of the Tehran Times and Mehr News Agency, Ali Asgari, also accompanied Rabiei during the visit.
     
    “It is the duty of the Ministry of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare to cover all medical expenses for media veterans,” Rabiei said during the visit.
     
    He ordered his colleagues to transfer Irfan Parviz to one of Tehran’s hospitals. Afterwards, Irfan Parviz was admitted to Milad Hospital.
     
    Deputy Culture Minister for Press Affairs Hossein Entezami also visited Irfan Parviz last week.
     
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  • 10/26/14--14:10: Art news in brief


  • TEHRAN – The second edition of the Persian translation of “Quartier Perdu” written by the French author Patrick Modiano has been released in Iran.
     
    The book was translated into Persian by Asghar Nuri and was published by Afraz Publications.
     
    The Persian versions of Modiano’s books have joined the top five bestsellers in Tehran’s major bookstores since October 9 after he won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.
     
     
    TEHRAN – The 4th London Iranian Film Festival will be held from November 1 to 9.
     
    “Fish and Cat” by Shahram Mokri, “Snow” by Mehdi Rahmani, “Red Carpet” by Reza Attaran and “Neurasthenia” by Omid Tutunchi are among the films to be screened at the festival.
     
     
    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of “Thinking about Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying” has been welcomed in Iran.
     
    Saqi Publications has recently republished it.
     
    The book, written by American authors Peter Lehman and William Luhr, was translated into Persian by Hamidreza Ahmadi Lari.
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of abstract works by Lebanese painter Chucrallah Fattouh is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts of Tehran’s Sadabad Cultural Historical Complex.
     
    A total of 25 paintings will be on display in the week-long exhibit, which opened yesterday, the museum announced in a press release on Sunday.
     
    Chucrallah Fattouh was born in Monsef and graduated from the National Institute of the Lebanese University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 1983.
     
    He first experienced art through the shape and color of the wonders that the sea washed ashore.
     
    He completed his first paintings at the age of 12, and at 13, a French passerby was the buyer of his early works, which were four portraits of his mother.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition, featuring a collection of photos of Iranian children from all walks of life during the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, is underway at the library of Hosseinieh Ershad, a major mosque and cultural center in Tehran.
     
    Entitled “Iranian Children in the Course of History”, the collection, comprised of 120 photos, reflects the life of children in different regions and families across the country, the Persian service of FNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Children from poor and rich families, child laborers, children with special needs, children’s schools, and children’s toys are all reflected in the show.
     
    The art of photography was introduced to Iran in the late nineteenth century featuring the distinguished images of the Qajar royal family.
     
    After the art of photography flourished during the reign of Nasser ad-Din Shah of the Qajar dynasty, it gradually found ways into the lives of ordinary people and photo galleries opened in every corner of the large cities.
     
    The photos on display are regarded important sources for study and research, since they portray the process of change that has occurred in the meaning of the concept of childhood in Iran.
     
    Organized by the Children’s Book Council of Iran, the exhibit has been organized on the sidelines of a seminar on children’s literature held in Hosseinieh Ershad last week.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Society plans to establish a foundation on Persian mystic and poet Mir Seyyed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani (1314-1385).
     
    “We plan to set up a foundation on Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani in collaboration with Tajikistan,” the director of the society, Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed Shabestari, said on Saturday.
     
    He made the remarks during an international conference on Seyyed Ali Hamadani, which was held at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.
     
    “We know little about him in Iran. He was one of the descendants of Imam Hussein (AS) and according to the Islamic calendar, organizing his commemoration during these days is appropriate,” he said.
     
    “Over 90 books written by Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani have been recognized in Hamedan and I have recently heard that 37 of his books are ready for publication in Tajikistan,” he added.
     
    The conference was organized jointly by the Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Society, Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, and the Iranian National Commission For UNESCO to commemorate the 700th birth anniversary of Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani.
     
    UNESCO had registered the occasion on its celebration list of anniversaries for 2014.
     
    Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani was born in the western Iranian city of Hamedan and died in Tajikistan. He was buried in the southern Tajik city of Kulob.
     
    He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and had a major hand in shaping the culture of the Kashmir valley.
     
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    TEHRAN – Two Iranian films have received nominations at the 8th Grand Off World Independent Film Awards, which will be held in Warsaw from December 1 to 6.
     
    “A Little Farther” by director/writer Nikan Nezami was nominated for the Best Script Award and the documentary “The Angel of Thousands Stones” directed by Keyvan Majidi received a nomination for the Best Cinematography Award. Rahmat Abdiani is the cinematographer of the film.
     
    “A Little Farther” is about a blind girl who travels with her friend to a miraculous fountain in a faraway village to receive a cure. 
     
    “The Angel of Thousands Stones” is about an old Muslim woman who tries to make a cross for a Christian doctor’s grave in Iran’s Kordestan province.
     
    Iranian filmmaker Reza Serkanian is among the jury members for the event.
     
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  • 10/27/14--15:27: Art news in brief
  • “Today” competing in Moroccan festival 
     
    TEHRAN -- The Iranian drama “Today” is going on screen at the 19th Rabat Auteur Film Festival, which is currently underway in Morocco.
     
    Directed by Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, “Today” is about an aging taxi driver who takes a pregnant young woman to the hospital at the end of his workday, not knowing what awaits him there.
     
    The festival began on October 24 and runs until November 1.
     
     
    “Parviz” coming to Iranian theaters
     
    TEHRAN – The acclaimed Iranian film “Parviz” directed by Majid Barzegar will go on screen in Iranian movie theaters on November 7.
     
    The film has won several prizes in foreign festivals including the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Film at the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and the Silver Apricot at the 10th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia in 2013.
     
    The film is about Parviz, a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and has never had a job. His quiet routine suddenly comes apart when his father decides to remarry and tells him to move out.
     
     
    IFFS to honor Iranian documentarian Kamran Shirdel
     
    TEHRAN – The International Federation of Film Society (IFFS) plans to honor Iranian documentarian Kamran Shirdel with a lifetime achievement.
     
    The society will present the award during the IFFS general assembly, which will be held on Sardinia Island in Italy from December 9 to 14, Shirdel told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Since the mid-1960s, Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address everyday issues of his native Iran, influencing an entire generation of contemporary Iranian filmmakers.   
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday evening.
     
    The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to Derambakhsh by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran.
     
    Derambakhsh is the first Iranian visual artist to have received the award, the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian news website, announced on Monday.
     
    Iranian scientist Mahmoud Hessaby, filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, stage director Pari Saberi, mythologist Jalal Sattari, poet Mohammad Sepanlu, vocalists Shahram Nazeri and Mohammareza Shajarian, and actress Leila Hatami previously received the honor.
     
    Derambakhsh, 72, has previously held many exhibits across the world and his works are on display in many museums, including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic, and the Cartoonmuseum Basel in Switzerland.  
     
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    TEHRAN — U.S based Iranian private collector Saeid Kanani has donated “Soleil et Lune II”, a lithograph by French artist Georges Braque (1881-1963) to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA).
     
    Kanani handed the 1959 lithograph in color to TMCA Director Majid Mollanoruzi to be later displayed in the museum, the museum announced in a press release on Monday.
     
    The museum already houses over 10 artworks by Braque. 
     
    A prominent figure in the development of cubism, Georges Braque was a French painter and sculptor. 
     
    Braque’s early works were impressionistic, but he transitioned into a fauvist style after seeing work exhibited by the Fauves in 1905. 
     
    The development of cubism came shortly after Braque met and began working with Pablo Picasso in 1909. 
     
    Both artists produced representative paintings with a monochromatic color scheme and interlocking blocks and complex forms. 
     
    The ultimate result of their time together was the development of a new style of painting, Analytic Cubism. 
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Austria will award Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art in the near future, some Persian new agencies announced on Monday.
     
    He will receive the medal from Austrian President Heinz Fischer during a ceremony in Vienna.
     
    The medal was established in 1960 to honor international figures for their outstanding achievements in the fields of sciences or arts.
     
    Kiarostami has previously decorated with several state medals, including France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Two Iranian films have received nominations at the 8th Grand Off World Independent Film Awards, which will be held in Warsaw from December 1 to 6.
     
    “A Little Farther” by director/writer Nikan Nezami was nominated for the Best Script Award and the documentary “The Angel of Thousands Stones” directed by Keyvan Majidi received a nomination for the Best Cinematography Award. Rahmat Abdiani is the cinematographer of the film.
     
    “A Little Farther” is about a blind girl who travels with her friend to a miraculous fountain in a faraway village to receive a cure. 
     
    “The Angel of Thousands Stones” is about an old Muslim woman who tries to make a cross for a Christian doctor’s grave in Iran’s Kordestan province.
     
    Iranian filmmaker Reza Serkanian is among the jury members for the event.
     
    SB/YAW
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  • 10/27/14--15:27: Art news in brief
  • “Today” competing in Moroccan festival 
     
    TEHRAN -- The Iranian drama “Today” is going on screen at the 19th Rabat Auteur Film Festival, which is currently underway in Morocco.
     
    Directed by Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, “Today” is about an aging taxi driver who takes a pregnant young woman to the hospital at the end of his workday, not knowing what awaits him there.
     
    The festival began on October 24 and runs until November 1.
     
     
    “Parviz” coming to Iranian theaters
     
    TEHRAN – The acclaimed Iranian film “Parviz” directed by Majid Barzegar will go on screen in Iranian movie theaters on November 7.
     
    The film has won several prizes in foreign festivals including the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Film at the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and the Silver Apricot at the 10th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia in 2013.
     
    The film is about Parviz, a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and has never had a job. His quiet routine suddenly comes apart when his father decides to remarry and tells him to move out.
     
     
    IFFS to honor Iranian documentarian Kamran Shirdel
     
    TEHRAN – The International Federation of Film Society (IFFS) plans to honor Iranian documentarian Kamran Shirdel with a lifetime achievement.
     
    The society will present the award during the IFFS general assembly, which will be held on Sardinia Island in Italy from December 9 to 14, Shirdel told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Since the mid-1960s, Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address everyday issues of his native Iran, influencing an entire generation of contemporary Iranian filmmakers.   
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday evening.
     
    The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to Derambakhsh by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran.
     
    Derambakhsh is the first Iranian visual artist to have received the award, the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian news website, announced on Monday.
     
    Iranian scientist Mahmoud Hessaby, filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, stage director Pari Saberi, mythologist Jalal Sattari, poet Mohammad Sepanlu, vocalists Shahram Nazeri and Mohammareza Shajarian, and actress Leila Hatami previously received the honor.
     
    Derambakhsh, 72, has previously held many exhibits across the world and his works are on display in many museums, including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic, and the Cartoonmuseum Basel in Switzerland.  
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN — U.S based Iranian private collector Saeid Kanani has donated “Soleil et Lune II”, a lithograph by French artist Georges Braque (1881-1963) to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA).
     
    Kanani handed the 1959 lithograph in color to TMCA Director Majid Mollanoruzi to be later displayed in the museum, the museum announced in a press release on Monday.
     
    The museum already houses over 10 artworks by Braque. 
     
    A prominent figure in the development of cubism, Georges Braque was a French painter and sculptor. 
     
    Braque’s early works were impressionistic, but he transitioned into a fauvist style after seeing work exhibited by the Fauves in 1905. 
     
    The development of cubism came shortly after Braque met and began working with Pablo Picasso in 1909. 
     
    Both artists produced representative paintings with a monochromatic color scheme and interlocking blocks and complex forms. 
     
    The ultimate result of their time together was the development of a new style of painting, Analytic Cubism. 
     
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Austria will award Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art in the near future, some Persian new agencies announced on Monday.
     
    He will receive the medal from Austrian President Heinz Fischer during a ceremony in Vienna.
     
    The medal was established in 1960 to honor international figures for their outstanding achievements in the fields of sciences or arts.
     
    Kiarostami has previously decorated with several state medals, including France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
     
     
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  • 10/28/14--18:18: Art news in brief
  • Iranian musician to perform at Malaysian festival 
     
    TEHRAN -- Neyanbun virtuoso Mohsen Sharifian will be introducing mourning songs of the southern city of Bushehr during the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival of Malaysia running from October 30 to November 2.
     
    Sharifian, who is originally from Bushehr, has written the book “Inhabitants of Mourning” about the roots of mourning songs in Bushehr. 
     
    About 20 Iranian artists have been invited to the festival this year.

    “Red Dream” to go on screen in Bulgaria 
     
    TEHRAN -- “Red Dream” by Shahriar Purseyyedian will go on screen at the 7th Sofia Menar Film Festival running from January 15 to February 1, 2015.
     
    Produced by the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS), the short film features the story of a dreamy child who lives with his grandmother, the New Year is approaching and he has a new dream in his mind.

    Iran’s Exhibition of Press and News Agencies to kick off in November
     
    TEHRAN – Tehran will be hosting the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies at Imam Khomeini Mosalla in November.
     
    The exhibit will be promoting the motto “Committed Freedom” this year, Deputy Culture Minister for Press Affairs Hossein Entezami said in a press conference on Tuesday.
     
    A variety of newspapers, magazines and periodicals will be on display in the exhibit running from November 8 to 14.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian theater troupes will give performances at the Harmony World Puppet Carnival, which will be held on Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok, Thailand from November 1 to 10.
     
    The 27-Aban Group Theater led by director Hamed Zarean will perform a street show entitled “Our Childhood World” and the 7-5–1 Theater Group led by director Amir Mashhadi Abbas will stage “Naughty Boy”.
     
    “Our Childhood World”, which has not been performed in Iran yet, is about the clash between tradition and modernity. 
     
    “Naughty Boy” (“Nimvajabi”) is about a naughty baby who has to spend his day alone with his father, because his grandmother is ill and his mother has to look after her. 
     
    “Naughty Boy” previously went on stage in Tehran and several other Iranian cities, including Shiraz and Zahedan.
     
    More than 160 troupes of puppeteers from 80 countries will take part at the event. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 8th edition of Cinéma Vérité, the Iranian international festival for documentary films, plans to review a lineup of documentaries, which were screened at an anthropological documentary film festival in Tallinn, Estonia this summer.
     
    The anthropological film festival was held by Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) in Tallinn.
     
    The films are “Bridging the Divide”, a UK-Canada joint production directed by Aliaa Remtilla, “Masters Of Overtone Singing” by Jean-François Castell from France, “Behind the Wheel” by Elise Laker from Britain and “Ainu: Pathways To Memory” a Japan-Spane joint production by Marcos P. Centeno.
     
    Films by a number of U.S. documentarians will be screened in this section. The films are “Building Pharaoh’s Chariot” directed by Martin O’Collins, “Dancing Salmon Home” by Will Doolittle, “Dance of the Maize God” by David Lebrun and “Smokin’ Fish” by Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann.
     
    The lineup also includeds “In Search of Truth: The Mystery of the Inquisition in Narni” by Giorgio Serafini Prosperi from Italy, “The Peacock Angel” by Melek Taus from Hungary, “Flowers from the Mount Olive” by Heilika Pikkov from Estonia and “Ashiq” by Xiangcheng Liu from China.
     
    The 8th edition of Cinéma Vérité will held in Tehran from November 30 to December 7.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, whose controversial film “Tales” is currently competing in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, has said that Iranian filmgoers are her main priority.
     
    Speaking during a press conference at the festival on Monday, she stated, “Certainly, I do not make films to be screened at foreign festivals. It is important for me that my films are seen by Iranian audiences in Iran and Iranian moviegoers are my main priority.”
     
    Bani-Etemad directed “Tales” in 2011. However, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration refused to authorize it, which was alleged to convey some specific political messages. 
     
    The film traces the fate of some of the female characters in Bani-Etemad’s previous films and also people who represent different layers of the society.
     
    New officials, who took the helm at the Culture Ministry after the victory of Hassan Rouhani in the 2013 presidential election, gave a green light to “Tales”, which is scheduled to be screened in Iran in the upcoming weeks.
     
    However, some Iranian MPs still view the film as political and have asked the Culture Ministry to revoke the film’s screening license.  
     
    The movie won the award for best screenplay at the 71st International Venice Film Festival in September.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian cinema will be competing in the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) with five nominations this year.
     
    “I’m not Angry” by Reza Dormishian was nominated in the best feature film category, while the film’s leading actor Navid Mohammadzadeh is a nominee for a best actor award, APSA has announced on its website.
     
    Rakhshan Bani-Etemad will be vying for the award for best director for her acclaimed social drama “Tales”. 
     
    “Melbourne” by director/writer Nima Javidi was nominated for a best screenplay award and Melria Zarei was nominated for a best actress award for her role in “Track 143”.
     
    Films from China and Russia lead the nominations with six each, closely followed by Iran with five nominations.
     
    Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi will be the president of the APSA jury.
     
    Thirty-six films from 21 countries of the region will be competing in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
     
    Winners will be announced at Brisbane’s historic City Hall on Thursday, December 11.
     
     
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