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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A series of programs have been arranged to mark Iran’s National Ferdowsi Day, which will be on May 15 this year.
     
    Arranged by the Ferdowsi Foundation in collaboration with several other organizations, several experts on epic poet Abulqasem Ferdowsi (940-1020), and experts on naqqali are due to be honored during a six-day program (May 12 to 17), the Persian service of ILNA reported on Saturday.
     
    Naqqali is a style of storytelling dedicated to epic stories from Ferdowsi’s masterpiece Shahnameh. 
     
    An exhibition of artworks by master of miniature Mohammad-Baqer Aqamiri, and paintings by Kiumars Qurchian will open in the Qasr Garden Museum on May 14.
     
    Experts on naqqali will be honored during a ceremony in Tehran’s City Theater Complex on May 16.
     
    In addition, expert on Shahnameh Qadamali Sarami and composer of Ferdowsi Symphony Shahin Farhat are among the scholars to be honored.
     
    Morshed (mentor) Sirvan Noruzi and naqqal Mojtaba Hassan-Beigi will also have performances at the Rostamabad Cultural House in the Farmanieh neighborhood on May 17.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A collection of poems by Iranian poet Alireza Qazveh has recently been published in English.
     
    Islami Kitab Ghar, a newly established Islamic publishing house in New Delhi, has released the collection entitled “The Compassionate Death”.
     
    The collection was translated into English by Mohsen Karimi Rahjerdi.
     
    “The Compassionate Death” was on sale at the 27th Tehran International Book Fair, which came to an end on Saturday.
      
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian director Tahmineh Milani has said that she plans to make three other sequels to her box office hit “Ceasefire”.

     
    She has recently completed the second follow-up to the psychodrama and has applied for a screening license from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Saturday.    
     
    “I plan to continue making three more sequels to the film,” she said and added, “I hope the fifth sequel will be on politics.”
     
    Starring Mohammadreza Golzar and Mahnaz Afshar, the first sequel was produced in 2006 and broke box office records in Iran.
     
    It was about a young couple who were seeking a divorce, but ended up realizing that they just needed to face their inner child to overcome their problems.
     
    Milani wrote the screenplay for “Ceasefire” based on American writer and art therapist Lucia Capacchione’s “Recovery of Your Inner Child”. 
     
    “Ceasefire 2” is about the encounter of a young educated couple with their former family counselor after some years, during which the couple reviews their lives and some of the dramatic events that happened over the past years.
     
    “This film is full of perceptions for lives of modern youth and is also about conceptual happiness,” Milani said.
     
    She expressed her satisfaction with the cast for the film and said that Atila Pesyani will play the character of the psychiatrist in the sequels.
     
    Bahram Radan, Mitra Hajjar, Mehraneh Mahin-Torabi and Pejman Jamshidi also star in the film.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to Masud Kimiaii, the director of nostalgic movies “Qeisar”, “The Deer” and “Dash Akol”, during a ceremony at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Thursday.

     
    A number of cineastes including Jamshid Mashsayekhi, Behruz Afkhami, Mohammadeza Forutan, Akbar Zanjanpur, vocalists Shahram Nazeri and Pari Zanganeh and Bokhara Managing Director Ali Dehbashi attended the ceremony.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony Afkhami said, “The people of Iran and the capital Tehran have discovered among themselves an extraordinary, uncanny writer named Masud Kimiaii, who has captured their hearts with his stories.
     
    “He lives like a stranger and looks like a stranger and makes words out of his looks. His words turn into pictures and stories and sometimes they turn into films or novels,” Afkhami said.
     
    “His stories are beautiful and magnificent, bearing a tone of sorrow. There is a poison in his words which takes the reader into a half-conscious mode; most of his films are like this,” he added.
     
    “To understand his people, their behavior, and their words, one must be half-awake and half-sleep, since his people are like this. His people walk a great deal, either alone or in a group, they walk in the sleepy cities and their streets,” he explained.
     
    The ceremony continued with a screening of excerpts from Kimaiii’s movies including “Mercedes”, “Verdict”, “Metropol” and “Crime”.
     
    Kimiaii was the last to speak and expressing his thanks to all the participants said, “This was an unforgettable night for me organized by my dear friend Dehbashi. When I look back at this friendship, I saw that we have been friends for years but have seen each other infrequently. I see we are getting old but we still love each other. My friends have made it a great honor to be here and I thank them all”.
     
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    TEHRAN – Yas-e Tamam, an Iranian theater group led by writer/director Zahra Sabri, will perform “Count to One” at the International Puppet Theater Festival (FIDENA), which will be held in Bochum, Germany.

     
    The play will go on stage on May 18 during the festival, which will be held from May 16 to 24.
     
    Inspired by one of Khayyam’s poems, the play is about three soldiers who decide to cease fighting in an unknown land. To express themselves, they begin making sculptures with mud.
     
    The festival’s website described “Count to one” as “a quiet play in an Oriental style” and “a daring anti-war statement”. 
     
    Fatemeh Abbasi, Reza Abbaspur, Reza Bahrami, Hossein Divandari and Mehdi Shahpiri will be the puppeteers.
     
    The festival will host 24 artists and groups from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Iran, Belarus and Germany that have been invited to appear at FIDENA 2014.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) will be hosting a seminar this afternoon on the travelogues some French explorers wrote about their visits to Iran over the past few centuries.
     
    The NLAI will hold the colloquium in collaboration with the Iran-France Friendship Society, the Bokhara literary magazine and Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, the NLAI announced in press release on Sunday.
     
    Professor François Moureau of the University of Paris-Sorbonne and an eminent expert on French travel literature will deliver a speech at the seminar, which will begin at 5:00 p.m.
     
    He is founder and the former director of the Center for Research on Literature of Travel.
     
    French Ambassador Bruno Foucher, NLAI Director Reza Salehi-Amiri and several Iranian literati will also give lectures at the seminar.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian film producer Ali Mo’allem has been appointed to the board of directors of the Centre International du Film pours l’Enfance et la Jeuneusse (CIFEJ).
     
    He was elected during the CIFEJ General Assembly, which was held in Beijing from May 6 to 10, cineaste Fereshteh Taerpur told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.
     
    Hou Keming, the director of the China Children’s Film Association, was elected as the new president of CIFEJ, she added. 
     
    In addition, CIFEJ Iranian Secretary General Mohsen Chiniforushan will continue his collaboration with the CIFEJ.
     
    Christine L. Mendoza (USA), Faith Isiakpere (Nigeria), Maikki Kantola (Finland), Volodymyr Diagilev (Ukraine), Sulafa Hijazi (Syria), and Vinod Ganatra (India) are the other new members of the CIFEJ board of directors, some of whom have been reelected. They will serve on the CIFEJ board for two years.
     
    The CIFEJ headquarters was transferred to Iran’s Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) in 2009, when the Chiniforushan was the IIDCYA director.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian short animated film “Dad’s Fragile Doll” will compete in the Anima Mundi 2014, the international animation festival of Brazil, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 25 to August 10.
     
    Directed by Ali Zare’, the film is based on the short story “My Fragile Doll” written by the Iranian author Hushang Golshiri.
     
    The film is about a young girl who reconstructs events leading to her father’s imprisonment and execution using dolls her mother has made.
     
    One of the biggest animation festivals in Latin America, Anima Mundi aims to inform, educate and entertain by bringing the newest works and trends in the language of animation.
     
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    TEHRAN – An Afghan publisher says that he feels at home with the Tehran International Book Fair after three years of participation in the cultural event.
     
    “We attended the TIBF for the first time in 2012,” Ahrary Publications Director Abdolhadi Ahrary told the Tehran Times on Thursday.
     
    “Some Afghan publishers left the fair earlier to return to Kabul due to TIBF officials’ inappropriate behavior towards them at that time. However, the situation was much better in 2013,” he said.
     
    This year, Afghanistan was the guest of honor at the book fair, which was held from May 1 to 10 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla.
     
    “The fair is really a great opportunity for Afghan publishers to introduce Afghanistan’s culture and literature to Iranians,” he added.
     
    He said that it is encouraging to see that the Afghan publishers were warmly received by their compatriots in Iran.
     
    A fairly large number of people visited the section dedicated to the Afghan publishers. 
     
    “I believe that the stands dedicated to the Afghan publishers are not able to attract very many Iranian visitors as you can see, most of the visitors are Afghans,” said Bahar, a young Iranian woman who was visiting the section.
     
    The Afghan publishers should use posters and other advertising materials to introduce their publications to non-Afghan visitors, she suggested.
     
    Ru-Be-Farda, a major Afghan publishing institute also presented its latest offerings at the book fair this year, including a Dari-Persian dictionary. 
     
    Group Hadi Sajjadi was another Afghan publisher that participated at TIBF. 
     
    “Afghan migrants can achieve self-esteem with education and effort,” the director of the institute, Hadi Sajjadi, stated.
     
    He said that the past generations of Afghan migrants were mostly workers, but today many young Afghans are university students in Iran.
     
    Sardar Ahmad Ahmadi, a Tehran-based Afghan English teacher who has lived in Iran for 30 years, said that Afghanistan could make better use of the opportunity as a guest of honor.
     
    “Media should reflect Afghan culture and its common history with Iran, however they only focus on negative aspects of the nation,” he lamented.
     
    In his view, the event is a great step in promoting Afghans’ culture and literature in their neighboring country.
     
    The aisle crowded with Afghan visitors and Iranians peeking through stands showed that Afghanistan was a welcomed guest, which henceforth should not abandon its enthusiasts.
     
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    TEHRAN – The French-based Iranian artist Mahmud Zenderudi has donated eight mixed-media tableaus inspired by the Haft Paykar to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA).

     
    The Haft Paykar (The Seven Beauties) was created by the Persian romantic epic poet Nezami Ganjavi (1141-1209).
     
    “Zenderudi is a great Iranian artist whose life in a foreign country has not disconnected him from his homeland,” TMCA Director Majid Mollanoruzi said during a ceremony the museum held on Saturday to unveil the artworks.
     
    “His works are truly Iranian, and the manifestation of Iran is observed in his works,” Mollanoruzi added.
     
    “I am happy that an artist feels responsible for the art of his country and returns his works to his country for further preservation,” he stated.
     
    In a short speech, Zenderudi said, “I am happy that I was able to donate my works to the museum after all these years.”
     
    He explained that he has made his artworks with combinations of sheets of paper, cardboard and different media that bear calligraphy inscriptions.
     
    Zenderudi has displayed his works in different countries such as USA, Spain, Morocco, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
     
    An exhibition of his artworks will open in Tehran’s Sareban Gallery on May 23.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian director Puran Derakhshandeh’s family drama “Hush… Girls Don’t Scream” has won two awards and an honorable mention at the 3rd Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles.
     
    The film received the best screenplay award and brought its star Tannaz Tabatabaei the best actress award. It also received an honorable mention in the Narrative Feature Film Category.
     
    “Hush… Girls Don’t Scream” is about a young girl named Shirin who is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime is rooted in her nightmarish childhood.
     
    The festival will be held from May 16 to 18. However, the organizers announce winners before the screening of the entries, which only will be competing for the audience award.
     
    The festival aims to celebrate and give voice to the many diverse and unique perspectives offered by women in cinema from every part of the world.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) is scheduled to screen “The Host” (2006), a monster film by South Korean director Joon-ho Bong, this afternoon.
     
    A number of film critics and screenwriters will review the film after the screening, TMCA announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    “The Host” features a creature plunging from a bridge into the Han River and then emerging on its shores for a feeding frenzy upon onlookers. When a young girl is snatched in the melee, her family sets off to recover her from the monster that the government claims to be a host of an unidentified virus.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of print works by a group of Turkish artists will open at Tehran’s Hoom Gallery on Friday.
     
    The gallery has organized the exhibition in collaboration with the Izmir State Painting and Sculpture Museum, gallery director Laleh Shams told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
     
    Emine Ozdemir, Husniye Ceylan, Ayten Mungan, Mualla Gurle, Nilgun Altintig, Nilgun Kilicaslan and Nilgun Koseoglu are the members of the group, which will be led by the director of the museum, Faden Suzan Kudsioglu.
     
    The group has held several exhibits across the world to promote this art, Shams said.
     
    All the participating artists are females who have helped display the rich art of their country, she added.
     
    The exhibit will be running until June 2 at the gallery located at No. 2, Fourth Alley off Qaem-Maqam Farahani Street.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 17th International Festival of University Theater, which opened in Tehran on Saturday, is currently hosting a number of Polish theater scholars from the Studio Rosa, who are scheduled to hold workshops.

     
    Grzegorz Ziolkowski, Maciej Zakrzewski, and Maria Bohdziewicz will hold the workshops, which will focus on ATIS -- Acting Techniques Intensive Seminar. 
     
    ATIS, which is of a highly practical and exploratory nature, aims at studying elementary and advanced skills of the performer such as the abilities to be open to dialogue, to integrate action, speech and song, and to react swiftly and precisely to impulses which come from various sources: partners, texts, images, music, space and the inner realms of associations, imagination and memories.
     
    Ziolkowski is a theater teacher, director, editor, translator and author. He is a professor at the Drama, Theater and Performance Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. 
     
    His research fields include actor techniques, anthropology of performances and Asian performative cultures. 
     
    Bohdziewic, a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in theater studies, and Zakrzewski, an actor and theater researcher, are collaborating with Ziolkowski during the workshops. 
     
    Some of the techniques employed during the course relate to or are inspired by influential contemporary Polish theater directors who centered their work on performers like Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor and Wlodzimierz Staniewski with the Center for Theater Practices Gardzienice.
     
    The festival will come to an end on May 17.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Cultural relations between Iran and France have improved over the past few months, French Ambassador Bruno Foucher said on Monday.

     
    Speaking during a seminar on the Iran travelogues some French explorers wrote during the seventeenth century at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI), he added that almost all planes, which land in Tehran nowadays, bring many French academics, scholars and high-ranking officials. 
     
    He also said that the Museum of Modern Art in Paris will showcase a collection of works by Iranian artists in an exhibition, which will be held from May 16 to August 24.
     
    NLAI Director Reza Salehi-Amiri also delivered a speech at the seminar.
     
    “According to a study conducted by ten Iranian scholars, there are considerable cultural affinities between Iran and France,” he said.
     
    “Both nations are seeking a cultural authority. Both nations have genuine languages. They both enjoy a variety of cultures. Both nations have rich ancient cultural heritages. Both countries enjoy domestic solidarity, which is of vital importance to decision making in cultural fields,” he added.
     
    “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Iran and France have had cultural relations for over five centuries,” he stated.
     
    “The study of the past five centuries shows that Iran and France have had friendly relations,” he added.
     
    The seminar was organized to give the French a better understanding of Iran, Iran-France Friendship Society Director Sohrab Fotuhi said during the seminar.
     
    The one-day colloquium was held jointly by the society, NLAI, the Bokhara literary magazine, and Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian drama “Woman, Man” has won the best play award at the 16th Chuncheon International Theater Festival (CITF) in South Korea, the Persian service of ISNA announced on Wednesday.
     
    The festival was held in the northern South Korean city of Chuncheon from May 3 to 10.
     
    Directed by Seyyed Morteza Mirmontazami, the performance is about human relations and especially between genders during the span of life.
     
    Ghazaleh Rashidi and Kaveh Marhamati are members of the cast.
     
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  • 05/14/14--09:00: Art news in brief
  • Another Persian translation of “Gambler” rolls into Iranian bookstores
     
    TEHRAN -- Another Persian translation of Russian celebrated author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Gambler” has recently been published in Iran.
     
    Sorush Habibi has translated the book, which is about a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian general.
     
    The book has been published by Cheshmeh Publications.
     
    It was previously translated into Persian by Jalal Al-e Ahmad and Saleh Hosseini.
     
     
    Tehran institute to discuss “One Hundred Years of Solitude” 
     
    TEHRAN – Tehran’s Book City Institute will review Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s widely acclaimed novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” on May 18.
     
    Literati Amir-Ali Nojumian and Belqeys Soleimani will attend the event.
     
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    TEHRAN – A selection of posters created by Iranian masters of graphic designs during the three decades spanning 1960 to 1980 will go on display in an exhibition at the Imam Ali (AS) Religious Arts Museum in Tehran on May 18.
     
    Entitled “Memoirs of Ordibehesht”, the exhibition has been organized to commemorate International Museum Day, which is May 18, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    Works by masters of graphic designs including Ebrahim Haqiqi, Abbas Paydar, Qobad Shiva, Abbas Kiarostami, Morteza Momayyez and Farshid Mesqali will go on show at the exhibit.
     
    The exhibit has been organized by the Iranian Graphic Designers Society in collaboration with the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
     
    The exhibit runs until May 25 at the museum, which can be found at 53 Esfandiar Blvd., off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Khorasan Razavi Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance has organized a five-day congress to commemorate the poets Ferdowsi (940-1020) and Omar Khayyam (1048-1131).

     
    A number of literati, cultural figures and officials attended the congress in Mashsahd on May 13 to celebrate National Ferdowsi Day two days early due its coincidence with the death anniversary of Hazrat Zainab (SA), the daughter of Imam Hussein (AS).
     
    Several art and cultural scholars and experts on Ferdwosi were honored during the first day of the congress.
     
    The University of Mashhad hosted a seminar on Ferdowsi’s magnum opus Shahnameh on the second day.
     
    The congress will continue in Tus and Neyshabur with several more programs including theater and music performances, as well as poetry recitation at the Mausoleum of Ferdowsi in Tus.
     
    Street theater performances and naqqali (a traditional form of dramatic storytelling in Iran) have also been arranged during the event.
     
    The congress will come to an end at the Mausoleum of Khayyam in Neyshabur on May 17, on the eve of Iran’s National Khayyam Day (May 18).
     
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    TEHRAN -- An art exhibition, which will open at Tehran’s Naqsh-e Jahan Gallery on Friday, will review the Iranian culture of marriage from the Qajar period (1783-1924) to the modern era.

     
    Eleven tableaus created by the combination of paintings by Pegah Vaalizadeh and copper works by Shahram Moslemi will be put on display at the exhibition entitled “Ashes on Lovers”.
     
    “This exhibition aims to recall the traditions of Iranian culture and the differences with modern customs,” Vaalizadeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Wednesday.
     
    “Our pictorial narration begins from the Qajar era, during which people used to marry and start a family early in life,” she added.
     
    “During the time that Reza Khan ruled Iran, we used places like saqqakhanehs (water drinking places) as our subjects in the tableaus. Saqqakhanehs were the holy sites where young women used to go to pray,” she stated.
     
    “During the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, people arranged their dates before marriage at places like Tehran’s Café Loghanteh and the Grand Hotel (two favorite haunts of Iranian intellectuals) due to the influence of their visits to the Western world. We used such places to portray our subjects,” she said.
     
    Vaalizadeh said that the last tableau of the collection depicts a one-way sign, “which illustrates the pointless relationships of the modern time.”
     
    “Nowadays, relationships and dates before marriage in environments such as Facebook and twitter, and other communication services, like What’s Up and WeChat are futile and aimless,” she lamented.
     
    Each tableau bears a verse of a poem that is relevant to its subject.    
     
    The exhibition will run until May 21 at the gallery located at 9 Ayatollah Mahmudi St. in the Niavaran neighborhood.
     
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