For those desperate to have a true cinema experience again, we’ve found a home film festival sure to keep you going: 10 Days of Iranian Cinema hosted on the Berliner Festspiele’s new online portal. Starting this Friday (12.06.2020), the ten-day program offers an insight into the varied – and often political – world of Iranian film, and includes documentaries, feature films and shorts. Curated by Afsun Moshiry, the lineup begins in the 1970s with Sohrab Shahid Saless’ debut A Simple Event, which quietly documents the everyday life of a ten-year-old boy living by the Caspian Sea. Hashti Tehran by Berlin filmmaker Daniel Kötter looks at the outskirts of Iran’s capital and the political and economic disparities seen there, while the apocalyptic short Survival by Masoud Hatami tells the tale of two people who live in an unspecified swampland. Adding context to the movies are various discussions with acclaimed directors and experts in Iranian film including Rakhshān Banietemad, Bahram Beyzai, Vivien Kristin Buchhorn and Reza Haeri. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Marziyeh Meshkiny, Daniel Kötter, Mohammad Reza Farzad)
Berliner Festspiele on Demand: 10 Days of Iranian Cinema
The complete program is available online.