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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – Members from the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Publishers Association (PA) in UK, as well as several Iranian publishers have been invited to an international conference on copyrights, which will be held in Tehran during June.
     
    The three-day conference has been organized by Fidibo, a Persian electronic-book shopping store.
     
    The conference will be comprised of three major sections including lectures, workshops and a program to introduce Iran’s publishing industry, Fidibo project manager Majid Qasemi told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.
     
    “Experts will discuss how to purchase books copyrights easily in international market. There are also plans to introduce Iran’s publishing industry to world publishers to make them more familiar with Iran’s publishing market,” he explained. 
     
    The prices for copyrights of books demanded by world publishers are much higher than Iran’s market can bear, and the program helps them discover the real situation of Iran’s publishing industry, he added.
     
    Iran has not yet joined the Universal Copyright Convention.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Pablo Galdo, one of the most renowned Spanish pianists, will perform a recital at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center on April 15.
     
    The concert organized with the help of the Spanish Embassy in Tehran will be held at the Persian Gulf Hall of the center at 8 pm.
     
    Galdo is also scheduled to hold a master class at the center on April 16, Niavaran announced in press release on Monday.
     
    Galdo has performed in 28 countries including France, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Russia, Argentina, Uruguay and the United States. 
     
    He has also held master classes at the Frederick Chopin University in Warsaw, the Academy of Arts of Iceland and at the Istanbul State Conservatory.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Director Puran Derakhshandeh wanted to screen her acclaimed social drama “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream” at schools in Iran, but her wish came true in Australia.
     
    Derakhshandeh travelled to Melbourne last month to attend a screening of the film during the Conference on West and Central Asia, which was held at the Faculty of Arts of Monash University from March 14 to 16.
     
    The film also was shown for students at a school in Melbourne and the University of Sydney.
     
    “What I had wished would come true in my country was fulfilled in Australia,” Derakhshandeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.
     
    “This film was screened at Monash University and a university in Sydney and it was warmly received every time,” she added.
     
    “But, what made me happy was that I watched the movie with students at a school in Melbourne. Because, ‘Hush!’ is an educational movie and from the start, I had hoped to screen the film for families and teachers at schools across Iran,”       
     
    The film tells the story of Shirin, who murders her building’s doorman on her wedding night. As she is interrogated by the police, and the case gradually unravels, it becomes clear that she suffered sexual abuse in her childhood and her act of homicide was to save another child from being abused.
     
    “The film is intended for an audience of teachers and families, because it studies their role in allowing such a problem to arise,” Derakhshandeh said.
     
    Derakhshandeh also attended review sessions that were held after each screening at the Australian universities.
     
    “The sessions provided opportunities for me to talk with students, most of whom were from Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey,” she stated.
     
    “They were deeply affected by the film and their questions about the film showed that the subject of the film is a global issue,” she added.
     
    Derakhshandeh will leave Iran to Chicago next week to attend a screening of “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream” at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on April 16.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and American string quartet Brooklyn Rider will join together again in Blacksburg, Virginia to perform at the Islamic Worlds Festival, which will open today.
     
     
    Their program will be held during the closing day of the festival on April 11, organizers have announced.
     
    The performance is one of highlights of the Islamic Worlds Festival, which has been organized to promote understanding about Muslim societies in diverse contexts.
     
    Comedians Maysoon Zayid and Maz Jobrani, and hip-hop artist Omar Offendum will also give performances during the event.
     
    Art exhibitions, panel discussions and informal talks have also been arranged.   
     
    Grammy Award-nominated soloist and composer Kalhor has toured the world with various ensembles and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. 
     
    Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider also gave a performance at the Savannah Music Festival in east Georgia on March 30.
     
    Violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, viola virtuoso Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobsen are the members of Brooklyn Rider.
     
    They previously collaborated on the acclaimed albums “Silent City” and “Layers of Darkness”.
     
     
    MMS/YAW
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  • 04/06/15--11:48: News in brief
  • Qatar, Bangladesh culture ministers invited to Tehran Intl. Book Fair  
    TEHRAN – Iran has invited the culture ministers of Qatar and Bangladesh to attend the opening ceremony of the 28th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), which will be held from May 6 to 16.
     
    Qatari Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Bangladeshi Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor are also scheduled to meet a number of Iranian cultural officials during their sojourn in Tehran, TIBF Deputy Director Amir-Masud Shahramnia announced in a press release on Sunday. 
     
    Iran has also invited the exhibition manager of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Roberta Chinni, to visit the TIBF. 
     
    “Aghla” to compete in Trento filmfest
    TEHRAN – Iranian director Esmaeil Monsef’s short film “Aghla” will go on screen at the 63th Trento Film Festival, which will be held in the Italian city from April 30 to May 10.
     
    A production of Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center, the short film is about an Iranian Azari singer of romantic folk songs who unexpectedly finds himself at a mourning ceremony.  
     
    German, Austrian duo to perform in Tehran
    TEHRAN -- German saxophonist Martin Harms and Austrian jazz pianist Michael Kahr will perform a duet at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on April 27. 
     
    Kahr and Harms, who both enjoy a profound background as professionals in the field of jazz music, will perform pieces composed by Fritz Kreisler, Duke Ellington and several other musicians. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Several world cinematic figures will gather in Tehran to hold workshops during the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival.
     
    Pete Rive from New Zealand has worked in the Film and Television industry for thirty years.  Rive plans to focus on joint productions in his workshop scheduled to be held on April 26, the organizers announced in a press release on Monday.
     
    Rive founded the Auckland-based post-production facility The Original Cut in 1993, and the production company Two Dragons Entertainment in 2010.
     
    Workshops on brainstorming due to be held on April 27 and 28 have been arranged by international consultant Jan Miller from Toronto.
     
    Jan Miller travels the world as an ambassador for the Canadian media industry connecting people, companies and countries, and fostering talent and creative alliances.  
     
    Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi, who is also a producer and a screenwriter, will focus on directing and casting directing on April 29.
     
    Zanussi is also a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and at Silesian University in Katowice, Poland.
     
    On April 30, Stanley Tong, a Hong Kong film director, producer, action choreographer and screenwriter, will hold his workshop on action scenes and martial arts.
     
    Computer-generated imagery (CGI), the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, films and television will be the topic of a workshop by Bertrand Levallois from France on May 1.
     
    Levallois is an executive producer, a production manager, and a producer. He is also the CEO of Madman Films Company.
     
    The international section of Fajr Film Festival will be held at Tehran’s Mellat Cinema Complex from April 25 to May 2, 2015.
     
    The competition section includes the two categories of Islamic and Asian Countries’ Cinema (Eastern Panorama), and World Cinema (Salvation).
     
    In addition, the non-competition section contains different categories including panorama of Chinese and Turkish modern cinema, world feature films and short films screening.
     
    Films from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, India, China and several others will be competing during the event.
     
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    TEHRAN – Members from the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Publishers Association (PA) in UK, as well as several Iranian publishers have been invited to an international conference on copyrights, which will be held in Tehran during June.
     
    The three-day conference has been organized by Fidibo, a Persian electronic-book shopping store.
     
    The conference will be comprised of three major sections including lectures, workshops and a program to introduce Iran’s publishing industry, Fidibo project manager Majid Qasemi told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.
     
    “Experts will discuss how to purchase books copyrights easily in international market. There are also plans to introduce Iran’s publishing industry to world publishers to make them more familiar with Iran’s publishing market,” he explained. 
     
    The prices for copyrights of books demanded by world publishers are much higher than Iran’s market can bear, and the program helps them discover the real situation of Iran’s publishing industry, he added.
     
    Iran has not yet joined the Universal Copyright Convention.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Pablo Galdo, one of the most renowned Spanish pianists, will perform a recital at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center on April 15.
     
    The concert organized with the help of the Spanish Embassy in Tehran will be held at the Persian Gulf Hall of the center at 8 pm.
     
    Galdo is also scheduled to hold a master class at the center on April 16, Niavaran announced in press release on Monday.
     
    Galdo has performed in 28 countries including France, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Russia, Argentina, Uruguay and the United States. 
     
    He has also held master classes at the Frederick Chopin University in Warsaw, the Academy of Arts of Iceland and at the Istanbul State Conservatory.
     
    MA/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Director Puran Derakhshandeh wanted to screen her acclaimed social drama “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream” at schools in Iran, but her wish came true in Australia.
     
    Derakhshandeh travelled to Melbourne last month to attend a screening of the film during the Conference on West and Central Asia, which was held at the Faculty of Arts of Monash University from March 14 to 16.
     
    The film also was shown for students at a school in Melbourne and the University of Sydney.
     
    “What I had wished would come true in my country was fulfilled in Australia,” Derakhshandeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.
     
    “This film was screened at Monash University and a university in Sydney and it was warmly received every time,” she added.
     
    “But, what made me happy was that I watched the movie with students at a school in Melbourne. Because, ‘Hush!’ is an educational movie and from the start, I had hoped to screen the film for families and teachers at schools across Iran,”       
     
    The film tells the story of Shirin, who murders her building’s doorman on her wedding night. As she is interrogated by the police, and the case gradually unravels, it becomes clear that she suffered sexual abuse in her childhood and her act of homicide was to save another child from being abused.
     
    “The film is intended for an audience of teachers and families, because it studies their role in allowing such a problem to arise,” Derakhshandeh said.
     
    Derakhshandeh also attended review sessions that were held after each screening at the Australian universities.
     
    “The sessions provided opportunities for me to talk with students, most of whom were from Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey,” she stated.
     
    “They were deeply affected by the film and their questions about the film showed that the subject of the film is a global issue,” she added.
     
    Derakhshandeh will leave Iran to Chicago next week to attend a screening of “Hush! Girls Don’t Scream” at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on April 16.
     
    MMS/YAW
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  • 04/07/15--11:58: Art news in brief
  • Persian rugs on display at Istanbul exhibit
    TEHRAN – An exhibition displaying a collection of gabehs, Persian rugs originally woven by Iranian nomads, opened at the Labirent Konsept company in Istanbul on Monday.
     
    The exhibition will run for one week at the company, which provides products for exclusive living areas
     
     
    Pop singer Khajeh-Amiri to perform in London
    TEHRAN – Iranian pop singer Ehsan Khajeh-Amiri is scheduled to give a concert entitled “Loneliness Autumn” in London on May 24. 
     
    He will perform a repertoire of his hits during his gig at the Logan Hall of the University of London. 
     
     
    Dusseldorf to host Iranian music festival
    TEHRAN – The historical complex of Ehrenhof in the German city of Dusseldorf will host a festival of Iranian traditional and folk music on May 8.
     
    A number of ensembles and vocalists will give performances during the one-day festival entitled “Iran meine Bleibe”.
     
     
    “Sormeh” to compete in U.S. filmfest
    TEHRAN – Iranian director Azadeh Qochaq’s short film “Sormeh” will go on screen at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, which will be held from April 23 to May 7.
     
    The film tells the story of a woman getting ready for a wedding ceremony in the heat of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of paintings by Maryam Darvish displaying women and their mixed emotions will open at Tehran’s Vaali Gallery on Thursday. 
     
    A collection of eight figurative paintings depicting women resting on a sofa will go on display in an exhibit entitled “Women and Furniture”, Darvish said in a press release.
     
    “Women in special moments of their life while they are free doing nothing and filled with mixed feelings of rest, joy and doubt are portrayed in these paintings,” she added.
     
    “Out of all the worries and concerns in the life of a woman, the moments which show rest and joy are chosen, however they might showcase the moments of doubt a woman has before she is about to make a decision, or the happy moments when she is enjoying her spare time,” she said.
     
    “All the paintings, except one, show only figures of women without revealing their faces. Since most of us can recognize feelings by facial expression, the elimination of portraits prevents visitors from immediately recognizing the feelings of the women portrayed in these paintings,” she added.
     
    “Actually the visitors must guess at the emotions of the women in the paintings. Only one of the paintings shows a face, however the precise feelings of the figure are still vague and unknown to the visitors,” she explained.
     
    The exhibit will run for a week in the gallery located at 71 Khoddami St. off Vanak Square.   
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian actor Hossein Moheb Ahari, who is fighting lymphoma, has said that acting in theatrical performances is more healing than the medicine he received during chemotherapy.
     
    He plays the role of Baptista Minola, a lord in Padua, in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, which is currently on stage at Tehran’s Iranshahr Theater Complex.
     
    “With due respect to Shakespeare’s other works, this play, due to its comic tone, is more entertaining,” Moheb Ahari told the Persian service of Honaronline on Monday.
     
    He said that performing such a play is helpful for Iranian society, which currently needs a cheerful atmosphere more than ever.
     
    “Due to my special condition, working helps my treatment to go well, both physically and mentally,” he stated and added, “Thus, I think that theater is more healing than the treatment.”
     
    Moheb Ahari, 64, received an honorable mention for his role in “The Taming of the Shrew”, which was directed by Maryam Kazemi during the 31st International Theater Festival in Tehran in 2013.
     
    He has been receiving treatment for his illness since 2012. In July 2013, former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited him at his home in Tehran. He ordered his aides to make the necessary arrangements for his treatment.
     
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    TEHRAN – The National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome is playing host to an exhibition of Persian artworks by contemporary Iranian artists.
     
    Visitors can become familiar with the art, culture and civilization of Iran through works of ceramic, calligraphy, miniature, and pictures from the past and present.
     
    Works by veterans including Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Yadollah Kaboli, Ebrahim Haqiqi, Bahram Hanafi, Nafiseh Khalaj and Mojtaba Malekzadeh are on show in the exhibit. 
     
    The exhibit has been organized by Iran’s Cultural Attaché’s Office in Italy, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome.
     
    The exhibit, which opened on March 15, will be running until April 19.
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 04/08/15--15:47: Art news in brief
  • “Impermanent” to compete in Beijing Intl. Film Festival 
    TEHRAN -- Iranian Amir Azizi’s debut “Impermanent” will be screened in the Tiantan competition section of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, which will be held from April 16 to 23.
     
    The film is about a family, in which there are three women, one of whom is mentally retarded. They are living in a seemingly closed situation but with relatively transparent social relations.
     
    Fourteen other films from China, France, Italy, UK, Russia and several other countries will also be competing in this section.
     
    U.S. festival to screen “Shoes”
    TEHRAN--“Shoes”, a short movie directed by Iranian filmaker Morteza Asemani, will compete in the Three Cities Online Festival and Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles from May 16 to 29. 
     
    A production of IRIB’s Quran Channel, the films is about Ali, a boy who wants the job of keeping an eye on people’s shoes in a holy shrine as did his grandfather before him, but the cadre of the shrine does not agree. Nevertheless, Ali tries hard and proves his ability, but when he finally succeeds in getting the job, he manages to lose a pilgrim’s shoes.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of dolls featuring images of promoters and experts of Persian children’s literature will open at the Museum of National Dolls in Tehran today.
     
    The director of the Children’s Book Council of Iran, Nushafarin Ansari, veteran researcher and co-founder of the council Turan Mirhadi, founder of the first Iranian school for the deaf Jabbar Baghcheban and his musician son Samin are among the scholars whose dolls will be put on display, Ali Golshan, a member of the museum’s board of directors, said on Wednesday.
     
    Golshan added that children’s authors Mehdi Azar Yazdi and Hushang Moradi Kermani, writer and screenwriter Nader Ebrahimi, graphic designer Morteza Momayyez, and animator Nureddin Zarrinkelk are also among the scholars whose dolls will go on display.
     
    “This is the first phase of the project, which has been launched to introduce children’s literature, and we aim to introduce the contemporary writers and illustrators through the veterans and founders of Persian modern literature,” he stated.
     
    The dolls, whose size is approximately 25 to 30 centimeters, were made by Mojdeh Daneshpajuh.
     
    The exhibit will be running for one week at the museum located at No.4, 5th Negarestan, near Pasdaran Ave.
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    TEHRAN – Over 70 international companies will offer their latest productions during the 18th Fajr International Film Market, which is scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival.
     
    A great number of film distributers and consumers along with organizers of international festivals and producers are expected to attend the market, the director of the international section of the festival, Arash Amini, said in a press release on Wednesday.
     
    “The film market focuses more on distributing and selling Iranian films,” he added.
     
    There are enough facilities for the consumers to watch and select the films and meet the film producers for further discussions and film exchange, he explained.
     
    The international section of the Fajr Film Festival will be held at Tehran’s Mellat Cinema Complex from April 25 to May 2.
     
    This year, the competition section includes the two categories of Islamic and Asian Countries’ Cinema (Eastern Panorama), and World Cinema (Salvation).
     
    “Panorama of Turkish Modern Cinema” is a new section in the non-competition section of the festival.
     
    About 10 Turkish films produced during 2014 and 2015 will be reviewed and discussed during several sessions to be attended by directors, producers, and film critics and experts.
     
    Topics such as the positions of the cinema of Iran and Turkey in the world and the world of Islam as well as similarities and differences between the cinema of Iran and Turkey will also be discussed by two different panels.
     
    A Persian translation of the book “Writings on Turkish Cinema” by Turkish author Nilgun Abisel will be distributed during the festival.
     
    The book has been translated into Persian by Abdolhossein Laleh.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Islamic Azad University (IAU) plans to commemorate Hafez (1325-1389), one of the finest Persian lyric poets, during an international congress, which will be held in Tehran and his hometown of Shiraz in May.
     
    Experts on Hafez poetry and Persian literature from Iran and other countries have been invited to the congress, which will open in Tehran on May 5, IAU Deputy Director for Social and Cultural Affairs Taha Hashemi said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The literati will then leave Tehran for Shiraz on May 7 to continue the congress at Hafezieh, the tomb of Hafez, for two more days, he added. 
     
    “During the congress, we plan to take a new look at various versions of Hafez’s works, which have been published in Iran and other countries, and consider the dimensions of Hafez’s poetry in modern life,” Hashemi said. 
     
    “Hafez have always been with Iranian people. His language and poetry are the spiritual heritage that our people have inherited over the time,” he added.
     
    He said that the Persian language has played a key role in dissemination of Islam in Southeast Asia, the Far East, and the Indian subcontinent, and has been the universal language of science for centuries.     
     
    He asked Iranian literati to help restore the Persian language to its position among other nations.
     
    “Unfortunately, the Persian language has been changed in its nature and form under the influence of new technologies and these changes may affect the identity of our society,” Hashemi lamented 
     
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    TEHRAN –
    Tehran’s Milad Tower will host the first exhibition of Iran’s national souvenirs from April 12 to 15.
     
    The exhibition aims to introduce public with Iranian products and souvenirs made in different provinces, deputy director of investments at Iran Tourism Development Corporation Amir Akramzadeh told CHN on Wednesday.
     
    The exhibition is organized by the Iran Tourism Development Corporation and the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handcrafts Organization (CHTHO), he added.
     
    CHTHO Director Masud Soltanifar will attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Sunday, he announced.
     
    The exhibition also aims to explore standards and strategies to boost market for Iranian souvenirs and potentialities of international airports, hotels and residences inside and outside the country for offering the goods, he added.
     
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  • 04/10/15--11:21: Art news in brief
  • Iranian film festival underway in Venezuela 
    TEHRAN – An Iranian film festival opened in Caracas and eleven other Venezuelan cities on Thursday.
     
    “The Maritime Silk Road”, “The Last Supper”, “Kandelos Gardens”, “Saint Mary”, “No Men Allowed” and several other movies are scheduled to be screened during the festival.  
     
    Jointly organized by the Iranian Culture Center in Caracas and the National Cinemateca Foundation of Venezuela, the eight-day event will come to an end on April 16. 
     
     
    New Persian version of “White Nights” to be unveiled at TIBF 
     
    TEHRAN – Mahi Publications plans to unveil a new pictorial version of Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights” at the 28th Tehran International Book Fair, which will be held from May 6 to 16.
     
    Rendered into Persian by Sorush Habibi, the short story is being told in first person by a nameless narrator in Saint Petersburg. The book was originally published in 1848.
     
    Azerbaijani media delegation visits northern Iran 
    TEHRAN – An Azerbaijani media delegation composed of seven reporters and cameramen arrived in Iran early on Friday.
     
    The delegation plans to visit some tourist resorts in the northern Iranian provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan. 
     
    The journalists work for APA TV, and the Social TV and Broadcasting Company, and the news agencies Azeri Report, Trend and Novosti-Azerbaijan.  
     
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    TEHRAN -- Zhao Zhiyong, the executive deputy secretary general of the Organizing Committee of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, has said that Iranian filmmakers can be a role model for those Chinese cineastes seeking progress.
     
    “Iranian cinema is in an ideal situation, from which Chinese filmmakers should learn a lot,” he told the Persian service of the IRNA on Thursday.
     
    He praised Iran’s Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s contribution to Asian cinema and added, “Iran’s cinema enjoys a unique high status across the world and we as an Asian nation pay special respect to it.”
     
    He said that paying attention to the preservation of national cultural origins and religious values, and showing respect for national traditions and luminaries are some of the lessons that Chinese cineastes should learn from Iranian cinema.
     
    Zhao also said that the Beijing International Film Festival can provide the opportunity for Iranian and Chinese filmmakers to expand collaborations.
     
    “Impermanent”, Iranian filmmaker Amir Azizi’s debut, will be screened in the competition section of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, which will be held from April 17 to 20.
     
    Fourteen other films from China, France, Italy, UK, Russia and several other countries will also be competing in this section.
     
    MMS/YAW
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