Art news in brief

August 19, 2015

“Wednesday, May 9” to compete in Venice filmfest

TEHRAN – Iranian filmmaker Vahid Jalilvand’s acclaimed drama “Wednesday, May 9” will compete in the 4th Sala Web theater affiliated with the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which will be held in the Italian city from September 2 to 12.

Sala Web is scheduled to be held from September 3 to 16.

The film tells the story of Jalal, a man who publishes an unusual advertisement in one of Tehran’s morning papers to donate $10,000 to a needy person.

“Wednesday, May 9” won a jury special prize at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival.

Tehran complex to host 2nd Children and Shahnameh Festival

TEHRAN – The 2nd Children and Shahnameh Festival, which aims to familiarize children and young adults with the Persian poet Ferdowsi, will be held at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex on September 3 and 4.

Some art exhibitions, workshops, music performances, Shahnameh reciting sessions, and painting contests will be held during the festival organized under the auspices of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Organization.

Ferdowsi’s magnum opus, Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), is among the classics of epic Persian poetry, which recounts Iran’s mythical and historical past.

National Orchestra to perform at Vahdat Hall

TEHRAN – Iran’s National Orchestra with conductor Farhad Fakhreddini will be giving concerts at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Thursday and Friday.

The orchestra will perform a repertoire of works by masters of Persian classical music, including Ali Tajvidi, Homayun Khorram, Abdolhossein Barazandeh and Majid Vafadar.

Vocalist Rashid Vatandust is also scheduled to sing some Azari folk songs during the concerts.

Iranian translator working on “A Cool Million”

TEHRAN – Iranian translator Reza Alizadeh is currently working on “A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin”, which is the third novel by American author, screenwriter and satirist Nathanael West.

As a satire of the Horatio Alger myth of success, the novel is evocative of Voltaire’s Candide, which satirized the philosophical optimism of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Alexander Pope.

Alizadeh has said that the book will likely come out in two months.

Tehran gallery to display photos of “Romance of the Song Dynasty”

TEHRAN – Iranian photographer Negar Aqa-Ali Tari plans to display her photos of Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s acclaimed play “Romance of the Song Dynasty” in an exhibition at Tehran’s Pelleh Café Gallery from August 21 to September 4.

The play reviews glorious history and culture of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, by historical anecdotes, myths, world-class dancing and acrobatics.

The gallery is located near the Sarv Cultural Center, 1st Sai Alley, Vali Asr St.