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Cologne to host first Iranian film festival
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Thom Bishops in a scene from “Berlin -7” (Photo by Javid Jalali)
Thom Bishops in a scene from “Berlin -7” (Photo by Javid Jalali)
TEHRAN – The German city of Cologne will be playing host to the first festival of Iranian films next week.
 
Eight feature-length movies along with a selection of documentaries and short films will go on screen in a theater in Cologne during the festival, which will run from May 29 to June 2, producer Siamak Purshayeqi said in a press conference held in the Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) on Tuesday.
 
“Iran’s cinema has long been known in the world and more interaction will lead to constructive relations between Iran’s cinema and the cinema of Europe,” Purshayeqi, who is also chairman of the board of directors of the festival, added.
 
“The Iranian House of Cinema is cooperating in this project and has provided us with the list of the films,” he added, expressing his thanks to the chairman of IHC board of directors, Farhad Tohidi.
 
Several foreign documentary filmmakers have also been invited to take part in the festival, he noted.
 
“Fish and Cat” by Shahram Mokri, “Parviz” by Majid Barzegar, and “Berlin -7” by Ramtin Lavafipur are some of the films to go on screen in the festival.
 
Seventeen short films and documentaries have also been selected for the festival, said filmmaker Mokri, who was also present in the session.
 
ARTE, the European Culture Channel, plans to purchase some of the short films, and this should lead to more interaction between the cinemas of Iran and the European countries, Mokri added.
 
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