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”

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Beauty of Death – Tom Van Avermaet, Director of Death of a Shadow Interview

Death of a Shadow (2012) marks Tom Van Avermaet’s first professional short film (though he has made magnificent Droomtijd in 2006). This story of love and loss centers on a deceased World War I soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) who has to collect shadows to regain a second chance at life and love. Death of a Shadow was nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action Academy Award. In this short interview done days before Oscar ceremony, Van Avermaet talked about his film and cinema. Continue Reading “Beauty of Death – Tom Van Avermaet, Director of Death of a Shadow Interview”

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François Truffaut Lighting a Cigarette for Luis Buñuel

(this article was first published at MUBI Notebook on 28 October 2014)

François Truffaut was a big fan of Luis Buñuel films; he had always admired him as one of the greatest auteurs of cinema and in fact they managed to meet each other many times, starting in 1953. But before talking about their meetings, let’s see what Truffaut has said and written about Buñuel. Continue Reading “François Truffaut Lighting a Cigarette for Luis Buñuel”

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Gary Fernandez on The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Cover

Gary Fernández (1980) is a Spanish graphic artist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. He has designed Blu-ray and DVD cover for Criterion’s new release of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. In a range of media that includes illustration, sculpture, printmaking, textile, and animation, his work combines technology and craft. His work reflects his interest in contradictions such as abstraction and figuration, organic and geometric, modernism and folklore, the real, the surreal, the tragic, the comical, the magical, and the absurd. As a commercial artist, Fernández has worked with agencies such as McCann Erickson, Young and Rubicam, GREY, and BBDO, for clients such as Coca Cola, Microsoft, Honda, or Volkswagen, to name a few. His work has been published in numerous magazines and books worldwide. Fernández has exhibited his work worldwide in Shanghai (China), Marseille (France), Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Perth (Australia), and Sydney (Australia). Among other things, he is currently working on a personal project that is mainly based on the subjects of fear and desire. You can read my exclusive interview with him here. Continue Reading “Gary Fernandez on The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Cover”