News ID: 263050
Published: 0427 GMT December 16, 2019

Iran, Russia talk over cinematic cooperation

Iran, Russia talk over cinematic cooperation

Iranian and Russian officials discussed expansion of cinematic cooperation at a meeting in Tehran.

Members of a Russian delegation responsible for production and distribution of cinematographic and web-based works in the field of children and teenagers visited Iran’s capital city and held a meeting with the director of Farabi Cinema Foundation Alireza Tabesh, IRNA wrote.

Tabesh said at the foundation, “We also cover events in the cinema including screenplay, film production, film festival and international distribution of Iranian films.”

The official also noted that organization in the international sector is the driving force of international activities of Iranian cinema in all fields from co-production to cinematic agreements with other countries, film distribution and other cinema exchanges.

Referring to the 120th anniversary of cinema in Iran, Tabesh said that with the establishment of the foundation in the years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a new direction was made for the industry. Iran did not have more than one or two female filmmakers before the revolution, but today, we have several generations of Iranian cineastes and over 400 women filmmakers in the cinema are the product of the last 40 years of Iranian cinema, he added.

Pre-revolution cinema was heavily hit by American films. With the post-revolution developments, Iran was able to launch a new project in the new process of cinema, relying on domestic production and the use of human resources in the region and the world, noted the official.

He also pointed to the importance of further cooperation with Russia’s cinema industry as an important approach for both the Culture Ministry and the Farabi Cinema Foundation and emphasized that “we welcome cinematic plans for joint production. Co-production in itself is valuable because it connects “our cinema to global markets and allows marketers to expand their cooperation”.

In both countries, there is a historical theme, a culture of beautiful storytelling and animated film production. Both countries have been the cradle of literature throughout history, all of which help us to invest in shared capacities, said the official.


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