French cultural festival to open in Tabriz tomorrow 

February 19, 2019

TEHRAN – The northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz will be hosting a French cultural festival opening at the Alef International Institute tomorrow.

Organizing an exhibition by French photographer Alain Ceccaroli under the title “Entre Errance et Éternité” (Between Wandering and Eternity) is part of the festival, the organizers announced in a press release on Tuesday.

The festival is also scheduled to screen a lineup of seven French films and one by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami in a section named “Free Children of Cinema” (Libres Enfants de Cinema).

The films have been selected by Jean-Michel Frodon, former chief editor of French film magazine Cahiers du Cinemas.

The lineup includes “Zero for Conduct” (Zéro de conduite) by Jean Vigo, “Naked Childhood” (L’Enfance Nue) by Maurice Pialat, “The 400 Blows” (Les 400 Coups) by François Truffaut and “Jacquot de Nantes” by Agnès Varda.

Also included are “Mouchette” by Robert Bresson, “Chocolat” by Claire Denis and “To Be or to Have” (Être et Avoir) by Nicolas Philibert

“Where Is the Friend’s Home”, a 1987 film by Kiarostami, will also go on screen in this section.

French cultural attaché Jamel Oubechou is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the festival, which is free to the public and will be running until February 25.

Photo: A scene from “Chocolat” by Claire Denis.

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