Iranian cinema under spotlight at Poland New Horizons festival
Art and Experience: The 18th New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland has put its spotlight on Iranian cinema by “Iran: Iran”, a program that will review a large number of movies from Iran.
A lineup of Iranian films in different genres selected by Polish programmer Ewa Szablowska will be screened during the festival, which will take place in Wroclaw from July 26 to August 5, the organizers have announced.
“Taking a look at Iran this year, we will see surreal thrillers, intricate allegories, genre cinema, experimental films in the field of visual arts and documentaries showing a world that might seem stranger than fiction,” Szablowska has written in a statement.
The lineup contains “Asphyxia” by Fereidun Jeirani, “Atomic Heart” by Ali Ahmadzadeh, “Disappearance” by Ali Asgari, “Dressage” by Puya Badkubeh, “Invasion” by Shahram Mokri and “Kupal” by Kazem Mollai.
Also included are “The Pig” by Mani Haqiqi, “One, Two, One” by Mania Akbari, “Root Canal” by Samira Eskandarfar and “The Broker” by Azadi Moqaddam.
The festival also plans to organize “We Only Live Twice”, an exhibition of video arts by Iranian artists working in the field of expanded cinema.
The Iranian artists are Arash Nassiri, Bahar Nurizadeh, Puya Razi, Mohammad Shirvani, Maryam Tafakkori, Tala Vahabzadeh and Rambod Vala.
In addition, Polish photographer Aneta Grzeszykowska has been invited to present “Iranian Film Stills”, a photography project completed in Iran, on the sidelines of the exhibition.
The festival has also invited the Iranian media artist, Amir-Ali Qasemi, to deliver a speech on the subject “Iran. Making Space for New Media” at the BWA on July 30.
In the Masters Section, “24 Frames” by Abbas Kiarostami and “3 Faces” by Jafar Panahi will be screened.