Production Fiction
 
IFVC's production history goes back to 1992 with participation in the independent American production of Manhattan By Numbers by Amir Naderi. This was Mr. Naderi's first film in the USA since he had left Iran in 1987 to come to live in New York. Although the film was an artistic triumph, it wasn't a commercial success. It was selected for more than thirty international film festivals, including Venice, Toronto, New Films/New Directors in New York, London, San Sebastian (competition), India, Cairo, Thessaloniki, Chicago, and many more. It was the first time that an Iranian director with Iranian producers had made a film in the USA for a budget of under one million dollars to compete with the heavyweight film productions from Hollywood.

In 1994 Bahman Maghsoudlou went to India with Mr. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, another Iranian director, to produce Maharajah. After three weeks of scouting and putting together a most distinguished crew, the Indian authorities would not approve the script and the project was scrapped. Mr. Makhmalbaf went back to Iran and made Salaam Cinema.

Two years later Mr. Maghsoudlou produced Seven Servants with legendary actor Anthony Quinn in Germany for the German company Das Werk. This was the debut feature of artist Daryush Shokof, based on a script written by him and Juliane Schulze which featured a beautiful score by jazz great Gato Barbieri. This was the second time Mr. Barbieri had worked with his close friend Mr. Maghsoudlou, the first being Manhattan By Numbers. The film was selected for the Locarno Festival (competition) and was shown at the Grand Piazza for closing night for a special event. The film then went on to Montreal, Toronto, Thessaloniki, India, Cairo, Berlin, and many other festivals.

In 1998, Mr. Maghsoudlou produced Life In Fog, written and directed by Mr. Bahman Ghobadi, a young short filmmaker that Mr. Maghsoudlou had discovered. The film went on to become the most awarded short/documentary film in the history of Iranian cinema, garnering fifteen awards in the roughly thirty festivals in which it was invited to participate. It also served as the basis for Mr. Ghobadi's first feature, A Time For Drunken Horses.

IFVC has been quite active in the producing of documentaries as well, including our ongoing Persian Artists series, which began with Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet Of Liberty, a film about the most important contemporary poet and freedom-of-speech activist. The film, made with Mr. Shamlou's participation before he passed away, was premiered at the Stig Dagerman Award Ceremony at which Mr. Shamlou was honored and presented with the award. The second film in the Persian Artists series is nearing completion and focuses on the great novelist Ahmad Mahmoud.

 

also see:

Silence Of The Sea
Ahmad Mahmoud; A Noble Novelist
Leo Tolstoy
Iranian Cinema: Searching For The Roots (1900-1979)

IFVC's Past Productions

 

 
 
 
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