Second annual Sheed Persian Film Festival begins Friday

To promote and present Iranian art and culture in the international community, AramArt Institute is presenting the second annual Sheed Persian Film Festival. The event will start Friday at Angelika Film Center – Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, and run through Sunday.

Persian cinema, and especially Iranian cinema, has been witnessing the emergence of several young and admirably ambitious directors during the past decade, a press release stated.

Organized by artistic director Shahram Mokri, festival director Arameh Etemadi and festival founder Ehsan Matoori, Sheed will include an acting workshop, films for public screening and a competitive section featuring acclaimed Persian movies and a memorial for the deceased Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.

Golden Closeup awards will be presented to Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. The name is taken from Abbas Kiarostami’s film: “Closeup,” and the awards are presented for the first time since the Iranian director’s death in 2016. The Best Movie award will be chosen by the audience, while Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress will be decided by a notable jury. This year’s jury committee includes film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Professor Richard Pena and Iranian film critic Hooshang Golmakani.

“Dallas is a diverse metropolitan center with several well-established and emerging film festivals that have nurtured, and in turn, are supported by the enthusiastic participation of film-loving audiences,” stated Matoori, in the release. “Iranian cinema has consistently garnered both critical acclaim and an avid international following, and it’s our hope that a Persian Film Festival will make a meaningful contribution to the city’s rich film programming.

“Moreover, in an age of increasing cultural exchange between Iran and the U.S, we hope that a celebration of Iranian cinema will help to connect audiences to modern Iranian society through an array of cinematic expressions.”

All films are in Farsi with English subtitles.

8 p.m. Friday the opening movie is:

Director: Vahid Jalilvand

Synopsis: Kaveh Nariman is a coroner in the medical examiner’s office. One day, at his work, he meets a corpse which is very familiar to him.

Awards: Venice Film Festival 2017 – Best Director and Best Actor
Fajr Film Festival 2017 – Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role publishes every week.
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