0718 GMT December 07, 2019
Representative of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique or FIPRESCI) Barbara Lori attended the international section of the 33rd Fajr Film Festival held in Tehran from April 26 to May 5.
The goal of her trip to Iran, she told IRNA, was to produce a report on Fajr Film Festival for FIPRESCI. The federation, she said, will place the festival on its award list if the report is confirmed.
She noted that when a foreigner comes to Iran the actual image of the country is different from what he/she is getting from the media.
Iranian films have shone in the world in the past decade, Lori said, noting now Iranian cinema is well-known in the international arena.
Europeans are keen on watching Iranian films screened at renowned festivals, she said.
"Iranian films reflect current realities in the country which is entirely different from image portrayed by the Western media," she said.
Pointing to the works of distinguished Iranian filmmakers such as Dariush Mehrjoui, Asghar Farhadi and Abbas Kiarostami, Lori explained that methods of storytelling and ideologies of Iranian movies are not comparable with cinematic products of anywhere in the world.
The critic believed that holding the international section of Fajr Festival separately is a wise decision since some distinguished foreign artists and members of FIPRESCI could not attend the festival due to the coincidence of Berlin Film Festival and Fajr Film Festival.
Lori also praised high diversity of the flicks screened at the festival.
FIPRESCI is an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world to "promote and develop film culture and to safeguard professional interests". It was founded in June 1930 in Brussels, Belgium. At present it has members in more than 50 countries.
The association often gives out awards during film festivals (such as the Vienna International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and the Warsaw International Film Festival) to reward what they see as enterprising film making.