جشنواره فرهنگی ادینبورگ


Building on the success of the previous festival seasons we are proud to announce out second mid-season in 2018, with an Iranian Film Season at the Filmhouse Cinema. We hope you enjoy the films and take the opportunity to meet some of the directors. The Edinburgh Iranian Festival will be back in 2019 with a full season, so keep in touch and join us again.

Women Constructing Men
Iranian cinema is known in the West primarily through its success in international film festivals, its aesthetics, and themes such as tradition, patriarchy, and politics. Male directors overwhelmingly represent its global screenings, despite the significant number of female directors within Iran.

For the first time in the UK, this festival, curated by Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, will bring together works by Iranian female directors on the theme of women constructing men. This will provide Scottish audiences a unique opportunity to experience Iranian women’s narratives on life in Iran, and be introduced to the works of both veterans such as Rakhshan Bani Etemad and Tahmineh Milani as well as to a new generation of female directors in Iran, including Ida Panahandeh and Roqiyeh Tavakoli. The public will also have a chance to learn about Women and Iranian Cinema before the start of the festival, in a free session with Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz on Saturday, 17th February. For further details of this event please visit our Lecture Page.

There also will be a photo exhibition under the same theme, tittled "Men by Women", as well as live Iranian music by local musician during the reception. For further information about these events please visit our Art Page and Music Page.

Filmhouse is the venue for all screenings. Please contact the cinema directly to book tickets.

St John’s Church

Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
T: +(44) 131 228 2688, W: www.filmhousecinema.com


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Israfil - اسرافیل (Israfil) “Followed by Q&A and Reception”

Friday 23rd Feb 2018
Time: 20:30

Ida Panahandeh • Fiction • Iran 2017 • 1h30m • Farsi with English subtitles
Mahi is a widow mourning the death of her only son. One day she bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her. Despite their families’ objections, the previous relationship begins to re-assert itself. Mahi, however, finds out that Behrooz is emotionally involved with a young woman, Sara, who in turn learns of her fiancé’s previous love. Sara is now in two minds about marrying Behrooz and emigrating to Canada. On the horns of these emotional entanglements the three characters have to make decisions not only about their emotions, but also their future lives.

Q&A with Director Ida Panahandeh & Screen Writer Arsalan Amini Followed by Reception
The above screenings will be followed by a Q&A and reception with live Iranian music. Guests such as the director Ms Panahandeh, have been invited for this Q&A. Ida Panahandeh obtained degrees in Film Photography and Film Direction from the Arts University of Tehran, where she began her film career with several short films. After university, she directed films for Iranian television, winning numerous national festival awards. In 2009 she took part in the Berlin ’Talent Campus’. Having as a central theme a woman’s place in modern society she has, throughout her work, focused on women’s rights. This she did with her first feature, ‘Nahid’, which won her worldwide acclaim, and her much-anticipated second feature ‘Israfil’.

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Nahid – ناهيد (Nahid) (followed by Q&A)

Saturday 24th Feb 2018
Time: 15:00

Ida Panahandeh • Fiction • Iran 2015 • 1h45m • Farsi with English subtitles
A young divorcee living with her son in a small northern city of Iran, wants to marry the man she has fallen in love with. According to the current rules, the father has the custody of children; however, her ex-husband has granted her that right on the condition that she does not remarry. Struggling to keep both of her beloved ones, she has to think about the third option: Temporary Marriage (Sighe). However, this will get her into a predicament, as despite its being legal, Sighe is not well-received by the society at all. Would temporary marriage be a good solution for her? This film, written (with Arsalan Amiri) and directed by Ida Panahandeh in her directorial debut, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won a Promising Future Prize.

Q&A with Director Ida Panahandeh

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Untaken Paths - ملی و راههای نرفته اش (Mali va rah-hay narafteash) “Followed by Q&A”

Saturday 24th Feb 2018
Time: 17:45

Tahmineh Milani • Fiction • Iran 2017 • 1h30m • Farsi with English subtitles
Mali, a young girl, meets Sia and starts a secret relationship with him. She marries him against the wishes of her family, but is challenged when her nascent marriage is thrown into trouble because of the couple’s roots in different social strata.

Q&A with Director Tahmineh Milani
The above screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Tahmineh Milani (subject to visa).
Tahmineh Milani is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and producer. After gaining her degree in architecture she embarked on a career in filmmaking. In her films she has addressed difficult subjects such as women's rights. She is best known for her films Two Women and Superstar.

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Animation Showcase – انیمیشن (پویانمایی ) “Followed by Discussion Panel”

Date: Sunday 25th Feb 2018
Time: 13:00

For the first time, the festival will be casting a spotlight on exciting animated works from Iranians living in and out of Iran. The screening will be followed by video portraits from some of the animators.

Women of the Plains
Narges Haghighat • Animation • Canada/Iran 2015 • 1m58s • Farsi with English subtitles
The struggles of daily life for nomadic Iranian women make them stronger in one of the oldest ways of living.
Amin Haghshenas • Animation • Iran 2011 • 5m27s • Farsi with English subtitles
This film depicts the struggle of man against a lifetime of control.
Amin Haghshenas • Animation • Iran 2015 • 36s • Farsi with English subtitles
This is the first part of a web animation featuring a racehorse.
Mehdi Alibeygi • Animation • Iran 2014 • 1m57s • Farsi with English subtitles
A badminton shuttlecock falls in the corner of the pitch. A tiny bird comes along and mistakes the shuttlecock as his mate.
Mehdi Alibeygi • Animation • Iran 2013 • 1m09s • Farsi with English subtitles 
This film is a quirky look at the evolution of the human race.
Ario Saffar Zadegan • Animation • Iran 2015 • 1m40s • Farsi with English subtitles
This is Little Red Riding Hood as you have never seen her.
The Little Boy
Mona Abdollahshahi • Animation • Iran 2015 • 7m35s • Farsi with English subtitles
People are ordered to leave their town by the military, but one boy insists on completing his own mission.
The Red Line
Mona Abdollahshahi • Animation • Iran 2012 • 8m14s • Farsi with English subtitles
A tortoise and a lizard strike an unlikely friendship in the line of fire.
And Life Went On
Maryam Mohajer • Animation • Iran 2007 • 6m22s • Farsi with English subtitles
It is an air raid during the time of the Iran-Iraq war in Tehran. A group of neighbours gather in a shelter, surprising us with their reactions.

The Girl with Short Hair
Maryam Mohajer • Animation • Iran 2006 • 3m04s • Farsi with English subtitles
A little girl has to 'prove' she's a girl to some boys at a party with hilarious results.

Maryam Khalilzadeh • Animation • Iran 2009 • 9m30s • Farsi with English subtitles
A beautiful look at the truth behind the photographs of two sisters.

Woman Sings under the Ice
Maryam Khalilzadeh • Animation • Iran 2011 • 10m • Farsi with English subtitles
A little boy hears a familiar song and discovers a family secret.

Scent of Geranium
Naghmeh Farzaneh • Animation • Iran/US 2016 • 4m41s • Farsi with English subtitles
This film is an autobiographical account of the director's experience of immigration.

Vahid Jafari, Afshin Roshanbakht • Animation • Iran 2015 • 14m14s • Farsi with English subtitles
As a boy grows older, he re-imagines the precious moments he once shared with his father.

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Mothering – مادری (Maadaree)

Date: Sunday 25th Feb 2018
Time: 15:40

Roqiyeh Tavakoli • Fiction • Iran 2017 • 84 min • Farsi with English subtitles
MOTHERING is a film about two sisters who live in Yazd, a city located in the deserts of Iran. One of the sisters has abandoned her love and the other has been abandoned by hers. The film is filled with all the emotions that the director has felt for years, years of loneliness, love, youth, years of living among the girls and women of her country…

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Poets of Life -  شاعران زندگی (Sha-eraan Zendegee)

Monday 26th Feb 2018
Time: 20:15

Shirin Barghnavard • Documentary • Iran 2017 • 1h13m • Farsi with English subtitles
This film follows Shirin preparing the rice paddies until the rice harvest, as well as showing her social activities, as she attempts to bring about social and environmental change.


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Under the Skin of the City - زیر پوست شهر (Zir-e poost-e shahr)

Tuesday 27th Feb 2018
Time: 20:30

Rakhshan Banietemad • Fiction • Iran 2000 • 1h32m • Farsi with English subtitles
An in-depth look at the effect of brain-drain on the modern Iranian family personified by Abbas who like so many of his generation wishes to leave the country and find better employment opportunities abroad.

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Gilaneh – گیلانه (Gilaneh)

Wednesday 28th Feb 2018
Time: 20:15

Rakhshan Banietemad • Fiction • Iran 2005 • 1h24m • Farsi with English subtitles
A mother's courage, hardship, and love, in times of war. In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq war, Gilane escorts her pregnant daughter, Maygol, from the relative calm of their village, Espili, into war-torn Tehran to search for Maygol's husband, Rahman. The journey is arduous and what they find when they reach the capital is dismaying and frightening. Fifteen years later, as another war begins in Iraq, Gillane is at home caring for her son Ismael, who suffers from epilepsy, a byproduct of war. As she cares for him, she hopes for a visit from the doctor and from another daughter, Atefah. "Better be a dog than a mother," she says.

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Tales - قصه‌ها (Ghesse-ha)

Thursday 1st Mar 2018
Time: 21:00

Rakhshan Banietemad • Fiction • Iran 2014 • 1h28m • Farsi with English subtitles
A series of seven vignettes about different people dealing with their everyday problems in modern day Iran, which are loosely related to each other. The stories take us all over Tehran, with tales of patriarchal abuse, forced imprisonment and prostitution unfolding in taxis, trains and buses, all marked by fear, but also acts of courage and love. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.










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