0518 GMT January 20, 2019
The 36th Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) opened in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday night in a ceremony held at Felestin Cinema.
A film by Iranian director Majid Majidi titled ‘Beyond the Clouds’ was shown at the ceremony as the curtain-raiser to the fest, IRNA reported.
A 2018 Indian drama film, Majidi’s ‘Beyond the Clouds’ stars Indian actor and actress Ishan Khattar and Malavika Mohanan, respectively. The flick is scheduled to premiere on April 20 in 34 territories across the world, including India.
Produced by Zee Studios and Namah Pictures, the film narrates a heart-warming tale of a brother and sister and how they find happiness in separation and turbulent times. The film celebrates the triumph and adoration of life against a Mumbai backdrop.
Prior to the screening of the flick, a cake was cut by veteran and accomplished Iranian actor Reza Kianian to mark the 120th anniversary of the Iranian cinema.
The opening ceremony was attended by Iranian film director Maziar Miri, actor Habib Rezaei and film critic Reza Dorostkar as well as Reza Mirkarimi who is the secretary of the festival. Top of Form
Featuring the screening of 20 films a day in the halls of Felestin cinema and Charsou Cineplex, the 36th edition of FIFF will continue until April 27.
The event is held by Farabi Cinema Foundation, an executive arm of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
FIFF’s mission statement says it seeks “to identify valuable and innovative cinematic works and create a space for exchange of experience and international thought among filmmakers from all around the world”. It accords great importance to film materials serving to emphasize “expansion of the message of justice, global peace, and moral and human values”.
Also in focus at the festival are films from the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Anatolia.
FIFF’s main sections comprise Cinema Salvation, Eastern Vista where films from Asian and Muslim countries compete and Festival of Festivals, whose films are chosen among the ones which have already won prizes at other festivals.
Participants are competing for Golden Simorgh, the event’s top prize.