News ID: 211753
Published: 0318 GMT March 16, 2018

'Classics Preserved' to screen seven foreign films

'Classics Preserved' to screen seven foreign films

Seven foreign classic movies will be screened in the 'Classics Preserved' strand of the 36th Fajr International Film Festival (FIff).

The annual event will screen seven restored movies from Japan, France, Russia, Australia, Poland, and Czech, plus a joint production from Hong Kong and Taiwan, reported.

The foreign movies in the Classics Preserved strand are:

  1. 'A Touch of Zen', a Hong Kong/Taiwan movie directed by King Hu which in 1975 won the Grand Prix Technique [an award voted not by the competition jury but by France’s film and TV technicians’ association] at Cannes.
  1. 'Gate of Hell', a 1953 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. It tells the story of a samurai who tries to marry a woman he rescues, only to discover that she is married.
  1. 'The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company', a 1986 French movie directed by Jean-Luc Godard, one of the most emblematic figures of film history, who intrinsically associated his name with the French New Wave and Cahiers du Cinema, and keeps shooting films to this date, thus changing the way in which cinema interacts with social reality.
  1. 'The Assassin of the Tsar', a 1991 Russian drama film directed by Karen Shakhnazarov. It was entered into the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. There are two versions. One is filmed in English which later was dubbed over the Russian actors, and one in Russian.
  1. 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', a 1975 Australian mystery drama film which was directed by Peter Weir. The movie takes place in February 1900, 11 months before the Australian colonies federated and 11 years before the creation of the Australian capital.
  1. 'Dinner for Adele', a 1977 Czechoslovak comedy detective film directed by Oldrich Lipsky. Alternative titles were 'Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet', 'Nick Carter in Prague', and 'Adele Hasn't Had Her Supper Yet'.
  1. 'A Generation', a 1955 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It is based on the novel 'Pokolenie' by Bohdan Czeszko, who also wrote the script.

The Classics Preserved will also screen four restored movies from Iran: Parviz Kimiavi's 'Oh Guardian of Deer' (Ya Zamen-e Ahou), Nasser Taghvai's 'Arbaeen', Ali Hatami's 'Amir Kabir', and Seifollah Daad's 'The Survivor'.

'Oh Guardian of Deer' (Ya Zamen-e Ahou) is made on the pilgrims to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Shia Imam, in the holy city of Mashhad.

Directed in 1970, 'Arbaeen' (a Shia Muslim religious observance) is a short film that highlights the traditions and rituals of Arbaeen day observed in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr.

'Amir Kabir' is a re-edition of the TV series Sultan-e Sahebqaran (1976) compiled into a movie by its director. Screened for the first time, it narrates the story of reformist prime minister Mirza Taqi-Khan Amir-Kabir and his relations and struggles with the shah of the time, the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah.

'The Survivor' is a 1994 Iranian epic historical drama about Arab-Israeli conflict starring Salma Al-Masri, Alaa El Din Koksh, Ghassan Massoud, and Jamal Suleiman. The script is based upon 'Returning to Haifa', a novel by Ghassan Kanafani in 1969.

Supervised over by Iranian film writer and director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th edition of the festival will be held in Tehran from April 19-27.


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