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What You (May) Missed – Iranian Cinema After 2000

I wrote a lits for Keyframe about 7 (+11) best unsung Iranian films since 2000. I compiled the list since I think Iranian cinema has more than just a few familiar faces and films you will easily find in big film festivals, and also because I think Iranian films you usually see in film festivals won’t depict whole scope of Iranian cinema. I hope this list can tease you to go and look for other Iranian films that you may have missed in the past 15, 16 years.
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Top 10 Films 2015

سال 2015، سال لذت‌بخش سینمایی بود، سالی با فیلم‌های دیدنی فراوان، فیلم‌هایی که برای دیدن برخی‌شان باید کمی تلاش می‌کردی و تکاپو اما خب، مگر بخشی از کار سینمادوست پیدا کردن و کشف فیلم‌ها نیست. Continue Reading “Top 10 Films 2015”


Iranian Cinema and Nuclear Deal

In “Iran’s Film Industry Hopes Nuclear Deal Will Help Open Up Biz Internationally”, an article by Variety’s Nick Vivarelli, different aspects of the pros and cons of Nuclear Deal for Iranian cinema is discussed. I am happy to be quoted alongside a number of other Iranian cineastes including Shahram Mokri, Reza Dormishian, Barry Navidi, Amir Rezazadeh, Mohammad Attebbai and Amir Esfandiari. Continue Reading “Iranian Cinema and Nuclear Deal”

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10 Essential Abbas Kiarostami Films

Abbas Kiarostami is a familiar name to many people around the world. Since countless internet sites about him exist. He is considered by many as one of the best filmmakers of cinema. The filmmaker is a source of pride, because through his films, Kiarostami manages to present a new, refreshing image of Iran, a poetic outlook one can’t find in any other Iranian movie. Continue Reading “10 Essential Abbas Kiarostami Films”


Female Gaze – My First Article in Sight & Sound

My first piece for Sight & Sound magazine is published and out there in the October 2015 issue. It is part of the Female Gaze special issue and I wrote about Marva Nabili’s The Sealed Soil. It feels really good that it is there in page 27 just after Kim Morgan‘s piece on Mikey and Nicki and in the same page as Greta Gerwig’s piece on Girlfriends. There are only three pieces on Iranian female filmmakers, Sarah Gavron on The Apple by Samira Makhmalbaf, Jonathan Rosenbaum on The Day I Became a Woman by Marzieh Meshkini and my short piece on The Sealed Soil. Thanks to Isabel Stevens for the opportunity. Continue Reading “Female Gaze – My First Article in Sight & Sound”

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Being a Young Film Critic in Modern Iran

(This article was originally published at Indiewire)

In recent years, much of the English-speaking world has heard about Iranian cinema. Many Western audiences have seen the Oscar-winning “A Separation” and explored the filmography of Abbas Kiarostami. With the imprisonment of seminal Iranian director Jafar Panahi, plenty of stories about the challenges of making movies in Iran have circled the world. But what about the challenges of writing *about* movies in Iran? Continue Reading “Being a Young Film Critic in Modern Iran”

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The Tribe Director Talks Sex Scenes, Deaf and Mute Actors and Many More

Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy won the European Discovery award for his first film, The Tribe, a teen gang drama featuring a cast of deaf sign-language users. The Tribe debuted in Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the section’s grand prize. I talked to Slaboshpytskiy , after Cannes Film Festival, where his movie won three awards; Critics Week Grand Prize, France 4 Visionary Award and Gan Foundation Support for Distribution. Thanks to the producer of the movie and Myroslav, I get to watch the movie and totally mesmerized by it; it is one of the best movies of the year, one of the boldest and one of the most innovative ones. In the following interview he talks more about shooting the movie with non-professionals, filming the sex scenes and not using language.  Continue Reading “The Tribe Director Talks Sex Scenes, Deaf and Mute Actors and Many More”