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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- The three time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro will hold a workshop at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in February, organizers announced on Sunday.

     
    The workshop is scheduled for February 2, one day after the opening ceremony of the festival, which is Iran’s most important event in the motion picture industry.
     
    Only members of the Iranian House of Cinema are allowed to attend the workshop.
     
    In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild considered Storaro as one of history’s ten most influential cinematographers.
     
    Storaro, 74, has collaborated with many important directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.
     
    He won his first Oscar for the American film “Apocalypse Now”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979. He has also received Oscars for “Reds” in 1981 and “The Last Emperor” in 1987. In addition, he earned an Oscar nomination for his collaboration in “Dick Tracy” in 1990.
     
    The Fajr film festival will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The foreign members of the juries for various sections of the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts were announced on Monday.
     
    Lisa Anderson from Denmark and Roger Mello from Brazil have been selected for the illustration section of the festival.
     
    Felipe Taborda from Brazil and Javier Bermúdez Mexico are members of the poster section jury, and Muhittin Koroglu from Turkey and Agim Sulaj from Italy are on the jury for the cartoon section.
     
    In addition, Jean Gaumy from France has been selected for the photography section of the festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 3 to 24.
     
    A number of Iranian artists will also join the juries.     
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Center in Paris is currently hosting an exhibition of paintings by Iranian France-based artist Davud Qanbari.
     
    Qanbari, who has been living in France for the past 40 years, has held several exhibits in the country, Iran’s Cultural Center in Paris has announced on its website.
     
    His interest in Iran and its rich art and culture have long been the major source of inspiration for the artist.
     
    He regards paintings the best means to narrate feelings and communicate with others. 
     
    Qanbari’s works are mostly a combination of calligraphy, Persian miniatures, illuminations and several others, each telling a story, a poem, and a dream.
     
    The exhibit, which opened on January 20, will be running until January 31 at the center. 
     
     
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    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian artists are displaying a variety of their artworks on the central theme of the Holy Quran in an exhibition at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi that began on Sunday.
     
    The Arad Art and Cultural Institute in Tehran and Iran’s Cultural Office in the United Arab Emirates have jointly organized the exhibition in order to highlight the position of the Holy Quran in Persian art.
     
    Most of the artworks and the handicrafts on show contain the Iranian original arts used mostly in the inscription of Holy Quran, executive secretary of the Exhibit Payam Aryaii said in a press release published on Monday.
     
    The exhibit has been arranged to promote the real concepts of the Quran among all nations including Muslims and non-Muslims, Aryaii said. 
     
    He added that such exhibits can help introduce the high potential of the art of Iran, leading to more cultural collaborations.
     
    Several participating artists will be attending the sessions arranged on the sidelines of the exhibit, which will be running until February 4.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian movie “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear” will compete in the Film Middle East Now, an Italian festival dedicated to works by Asian and African filmmakers.
     
    Directed by Narges Abyar, the movie is about a young pregnant woman and her husband who are the tenants of two elderly sisters.
     
    Gelareh Abbasi, Hesam Bigdelu, Mehran Rajabi, Giti Moini and Fatemeh Shokri starred in the film.
     
    Titles that normally are not distributed in Italy are selected from among the most acclaimed productions by audiences at international festivals. 
     
    The 5th Film Middle East Now will be held in Florence from April 8 to 13.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian actress Taraneh Alidusti has been selected for the jury of the 16th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema.
     
    The other members of the jury are director Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines, film critic Philip Cheah from Singapore and the Chinese filmmaker Wang Chao.
     
    Six Iranian movies will also go on screen during the festival, which will be held in the French city from February 8 to 11.
      
    “Snow on Pines” directed by Payman Moadi will compete in the feature-length movies section of the festival.
     
    A co-production of France and Iran, “From Iran a Separation” directed by Azadeh Musavi and Kurosh Ataii will compete in the documentary section.
     
    The organizers also plan to screen a lineup of Iranian films in a special section.
     
    The lineup includes “No One Knows About Persian Cats” directed by Bahman Qobadi, “Beautiful City” by Asghar Farhadi, “Offside” by Jafar Panahi, “Mainline” by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, “The Hunter” by Rafi Pitts and “Like Someone in Love” by Abbas Kiarostami.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- An expert of the historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale” University of Naples has said that he has found a few spelling mistakes in the inscriptions located in the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia.
     
    Engravers with a low level of literacy probably made the spelling mistakes, Adriano V. Rossi said during a seminar, which was held in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Sunday to discuss a new review of the royal Achaemenid inscriptions.
     
    The texts of the inscriptions were written by people with a high level of literacy, but the mistakes happened when the engravers cut the texts into the stones, he added.
     
    Rossi said that each inscription discovered in Persepolis concludes with a prayer, which is in connection with its text.
     
    Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples also delivered a speech during the seminar and said that they have recently discovered pieces of a stone inscription at the Palace of Artaxerxes in Persepolis.
     
    A team of experts is trying to attach the pieces together to decipher the text of inscription, he added.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Center in Paris is currently hosting an exhibition of paintings by Iranian France-based artist Davud Qanbari.
     
    Qanbari, who has been living in France for the past 40 years, has held several exhibits in the country, Iran’s Cultural Center in Paris has announced on its website.
     
    His interest in Iran and its rich art and culture have long been the major source of inspiration for the artist.
     
    He regards paintings the best means to narrate feelings and communicate with others. 
     
    Qanbari’s works are mostly a combination of calligraphy, Persian miniatures, illuminations and several others, each telling a story, a poem, and a dream.
     
    The exhibit, which opened on January 20, will be running until January 31 at the center. 
     
     
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    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian artists are displaying a variety of their artworks on the central theme of the Holy Quran in an exhibition at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi that began on Sunday.
     
    The Arad Art and Cultural Institute in Tehran and Iran’s Cultural Office in the United Arab Emirates have jointly organized the exhibition in order to highlight the position of the Holy Quran in Persian art.
     
    Most of the artworks and the handicrafts on show contain the Iranian original arts used mostly in the inscription of Holy Quran, executive secretary of the Exhibit Payam Aryaii said in a press release published on Monday.
     
    The exhibit has been arranged to promote the real concepts of the Quran among all nations including Muslims and non-Muslims, Aryaii said. 
     
    He added that such exhibits can help introduce the high potential of the art of Iran, leading to more cultural collaborations.
     
    Several participating artists will be attending the sessions arranged on the sidelines of the exhibit, which will be running until February 4.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian movie “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear” will compete in the Film Middle East Now, an Italian festival dedicated to works by Asian and African filmmakers.
     
    Directed by Narges Abyar, the movie is about a young pregnant woman and her husband who are the tenants of two elderly sisters.
     
    Gelareh Abbasi, Hesam Bigdelu, Mehran Rajabi, Giti Moini and Fatemeh Shokri starred in the film.
     
    Titles that normally are not distributed in Italy are selected from among the most acclaimed productions by audiences at international festivals. 
     
    The 5th Film Middle East Now will be held in Florence from April 8 to 13.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian actress Taraneh Alidusti has been selected for the jury of the 16th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema.
     
    The other members of the jury are director Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines, film critic Philip Cheah from Singapore and the Chinese filmmaker Wang Chao.
     
    Six Iranian movies will also go on screen during the festival, which will be held in the French city from February 8 to 11.
      
    “Snow on Pines” directed by Payman Moadi will compete in the feature-length movies section of the festival.
     
    A co-production of France and Iran, “From Iran a Separation” directed by Azadeh Musavi and Kurosh Ataii will compete in the documentary section.
     
    The organizers also plan to screen a lineup of Iranian films in a special section.
     
    The lineup includes “No One Knows About Persian Cats” directed by Bahman Qobadi, “Beautiful City” by Asghar Farhadi, “Offside” by Jafar Panahi, “Mainline” by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, “The Hunter” by Rafi Pitts and “Like Someone in Love” by Abbas Kiarostami.
     
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- An expert of the historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale” University of Naples has said that he has found a few spelling mistakes in the inscriptions located in the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia.
     
    Engravers with a low level of literacy probably made the spelling mistakes, Adriano V. Rossi said during a seminar, which was held in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Sunday to discuss a new review of the royal Achaemenid inscriptions.
     
    The texts of the inscriptions were written by people with a high level of literacy, but the mistakes happened when the engravers cut the texts into the stones, he added.
     
    Rossi said that each inscription discovered in Persepolis concludes with a prayer, which is in connection with its text.
     
    Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples also delivered a speech during the seminar and said that they have recently discovered pieces of a stone inscription at the Palace of Artaxerxes in Persepolis.
     
    A team of experts is trying to attach the pieces together to decipher the text of inscription, he added.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Representatives from the seven countries that registered the Noruz celebration on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 have agreed to add Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan to the Noruz file at UNESCO during their Tehran meeting.
     
    The documents prepared by the three countries were discussed during the three-day meeting, which opened on January 25, and the representatives gave a green light to the request of the countries to join the Noruz file, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization’s Department for Registration of Natural, Historical and Intangible Heritage Director Farhad Nazari said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The countries must obtain UNESCO’s approval for adding the three countries to the file, he stated and added that the necessary documents will be prepared to be sent to UNESCO in the near future.
     
    Noruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, was registered on the UNESCO list as a common element from Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
     
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  • 01/28/14--08:58: What’s in art galleries
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    * An exhibition of artworks by Samira Alikhanzadeh is currently underway at the Asar Gallery.
     
    A collection of eight works reflecting the image of an 18-year old woman who would be 96 if she were alive today has been put on display.
     
    The exhibit will be running until February 12 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.
     
     
    Painting
     
    * A collection paintings by Gilda Barimani will go on show in an exhibition at the Shokuh Gallery from January 31 to February 5.
     
    The collection contains 12 works on theme of women.
     
    The gallery can be found at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St., and Andarzgu Blvd.
     
     
    Embossing 
     
    * The Mess Negar Gallery is scheduled to showcase a collection of embossed works by Reza Abedi at an exhibition from January 30 to February 2.
     
    The gallery is located at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian and German archaeologists will return to the Chehrabad Salt Mine near the Iranian city of Zanjan this year in late spring to excavate the site for a second time for more information about the salt mummies, which were discovered in the 2000s.
     
    Expert from the Ruhr University Bochum and a number of Iranian archaeologists will come together to resume the excavations, which remained unfinished in 2012 due to the lack of adequate funding, Zanjan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department (ZCHTHD) Director Yahya Rahmati told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
     
    “The German archaeologists are very experienced in excavation in salt mines and it is very important for us to use their knowledge in this field,” he stated.
     
    Mummies of six men, which were called by archaeologists “salt men”, have been discovered at the Chehrabad Salt Mine located in the Hamzehlu region in the 2000s.
     
    Archaeologists estimate that the First Salt Man lived about 1700 years ago and died sometime between the ages of 35 and 40. He is currently on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.   
     
    The second and third salt men were discovered in November 2004 and January 2005.
     
    The Fourth Salt Man was unearthed in March 2005 and afterwards, the exploitation of the privately-owned mine was halted on request by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization. The Fifth Salt man was discovered in December 2005.
    Studies on the Fourth Salt Man indicate that the body is 2000 years old and he was 15 or 16 years old at the time of death.
     
    The Sixth Salt Man was discovered by chance in early June 2007 when the remains were partially uncovered by a rivulet created by rainfall. The salt man was left in-situ due to the dearth of equipment necessary for its preservation.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Oscar-winning English composer Stephen Warbeck will hold a workshop during at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in February, organizers announced on Tuesday. 

     
    He has collaborated in Iranian director Ahmadreza Darvish’s “He Who Said No”, a drama on the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS), which will be competing in the festival.
     
    Warbeck first became known for the music for “Prime Suspect” and won an Academy Award for his score for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998.
     
    In addition, the three time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro will hold a workshop during the festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
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    TEHRAN – Firuzi Publications has recently released the latest work by the renowned Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi on the story of the chancellorship of Hasanak the Vizier based on Persian historian Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi’s “Masudian History”.

     
    The book entitled “The Chancellorship of Emir Hasanak” and an audio CD, which contains Dowlatabadi’s narration of the story, were published in Sabzevar, the northeastern Iranian town that is the birthplace of Bayhaqi and Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    The decision to publish the audio book was made based on a proposal by Dowlatabadi, the Persian service of the ISNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Firuzi Publications planned to finance making a sculpture of Dowlatabadi, which was to be set up in Sabzevar. However, the plan was cancelled due to Dowlatabadi’s objection. He proposed instead that the publisher work on “Masudian History”, which is also known as “The History of Bayhaqi”.
     
    “I told them ‘Why don’t you work on the ‘History of Bayhaqi’,” Dowlatabadi told ISNA.
     
    “He is a master of Persian prose… I chose this story since Hasanak has been introduced in universities and people know Bayhaqi through him,” he added.
     
    Bayhaqi (995–1077) worked as secretary at the Ghaznavid court and wrote a remarkable history of the Ghaznavids in “Masoudian History”, which is the first major prose work in New Persian.
     
    “His attention to detail led him to provide a number of intimate glimpses into the private lives and behavior of his contemporaries, as well as accounts of customs, ceremonies, and rites. He describes, for example, how Hasanak presented himself before the tribunal,” Encyclopaedia Iranica wrote.
     
    Abu Ali Hasan bin Mohammad (called Hasanak) was a strong supporter of the succession claims of Sultan Mahmud’s younger son Mohammad. Hasanak and Ali bin Il-Arslan Qarib, Turkish military commander of the early Ghaznavids, Mahmud, Mohammad, and Masud I, no doubt hoped that they would be the real power behind the throne.
     
    He was executed by hanging during the reign of Masud I. His official charge was disloyalty, which was a politically motivated charge.
     
    “The History of Bayhaqi” has been translated into other languages. An Arabic version entitled “Tarik al-Bayhaqi” was prepared by Yahya al-Kassab and Sadeq Nas’at and published in Cairo in 1956. 
     
    In addition, A. K. Arends published a Russian translation, “Istoriya Masuda” (1030-41), in Tashkent in 1962 (2nd ed., Moscow, 1969).
     
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    TEHRAN -- An expert of the historical philology of Iranian languages of the “L’Orientale” University of Naples has said that he has found a few spelling mistakes in the inscriptions located in the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia.
     
    Engravers with a low level of literacy probably made the spelling mistakes, Adriano V. Rossi said during a seminar, which was held in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on Sunday to discuss a new review of the royal Achaemenid inscriptions.
     
    The texts of the inscriptions were written by people with a high level of literacy, but the mistakes happened when the engravers cut the texts into the stones, he added.
     
    Rossi said that each inscription discovered in Persepolis concludes with a prayer, which is in connection with its text.
     
    Professor Gian Pietro Basello of the University of Naples also delivered a speech during the seminar and said that they have recently discovered pieces of a stone inscription at the Palace of Artaxerxes in Persepolis.
     
    A team of experts is trying to attach the pieces together to decipher the text of inscription, he added.
     
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- Representatives from the seven countries that registered the Noruz celebration on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 have agreed to add Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan to the Noruz file at UNESCO during their Tehran meeting.
     
    The documents prepared by the three countries were discussed during the three-day meeting, which opened on January 25, and the representatives gave a green light to the request of the countries to join the Noruz file, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization’s Department for Registration of Natural, Historical and Intangible Heritage Director Farhad Nazari said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The countries must obtain UNESCO’s approval for adding the three countries to the file, he stated and added that the necessary documents will be prepared to be sent to UNESCO in the near future.
     
    Noruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, was registered on the UNESCO list as a common element from Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 01/28/14--08:58: What’s in art galleries
  • Multimedia
     
    * An exhibition of artworks by Samira Alikhanzadeh is currently underway at the Asar Gallery.
     
    A collection of eight works reflecting the image of an 18-year old woman who would be 96 if she were alive today has been put on display.
     
    The exhibit will be running until February 12 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.
     
     
    Painting
     
    * A collection paintings by Gilda Barimani will go on show in an exhibition at the Shokuh Gallery from January 31 to February 5.
     
    The collection contains 12 works on theme of women.
     
    The gallery can be found at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St., and Andarzgu Blvd.
     
     
    Embossing 
     
    * The Mess Negar Gallery is scheduled to showcase a collection of embossed works by Reza Abedi at an exhibition from January 30 to February 2.
     
    The gallery is located at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.
     
    RM/YAW
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