By Manijeh Rezapoor

Iranian cinema captures reality of life: Italian cinematographer Luca Bigazzi 

April 22, 2019

TEHRAN – Italian cinematographer Luca Bigazzi has said that talking about the reality of life is one of the main characteristics of Iranian movies.

“Every time I see Iranian movies I have the feeling of reality. It is not fiction, it is reality with a real structure,” Bigazzi told the Tehran Times on Sunday during an interview at Tehran’s Charsu Cineplex, which is hosting the 37th Fajr International Film Festival.

Bigazz is attending the event and has held two workshops and one master class on cinematography at the festival on April 19, 20 and 21.

“Iranian cinema is about real life with a very personal view, and this is very, very important in cinema; it is actually one of the most important things in cinema, and this is a type of cinema I am greatly interested in,” he added.

Iranian cinema is exactly on the borderline between documentary and fiction cinema, said Bigazzi who worked with the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in his 2010 film “Certified Copy” starring Juliette Binoche and British opera singer William Shimell.

“Collaboration with Abbas was a fantastic experience. He was a great director and every day he surprised us with new ideas and new perspectives. The movie was shot in Italy, but it was an international movie because he was not speaking about Italy or Iran, he was speaking about humanity,” he added. 

On his opinion about the Fajr festival, Bigazzi said, “This is one of my favorites, really, because I see some fantastic films by many directors not just Abbas but also many other good directors from Iran.”

Photo: Luca Bigazzi attends a press conference during the 37th Fajr International Film Festival at Tehran’s Charsu Cineplex on April 21, 2019. (FIFF/Farnaz Azizi)

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