A focus on the early work of this most internationally-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, particularly his groundbreaking first feature, The Report, shows how the themes and ideas that have made him so celebrated were there from the beginning. Part of the Renowned Iranian Artists series and the first installment in the ongoing Iranian Cinema: Searching for the Roots series.
Ahmand Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist
An intimate look at the Iranian author of such classic works as The Neighbors, Story of One City and The Scorched Earth. Part of the Renowned Iranian Artists series. Disc also includes short film Life in Fog by Bahman Ghobadi, the inspiration for his feature film A Time for Drunken Horses and the most celebrated and awarded short documentary film in Iranian history.
Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty
One of Iran’s most revered poets gets a close-up look at his life and work, including personal footage of the poet at home with his beloved wife and many read excerpts of his exceptional verse. Part of the Renowned Iranian Artists series.
Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist
This long-awaited follow-up to director Bahman Maghsoudlou’s original 1972 short film (see Iran Darroudi DVD to purchase) was made in the wake of both the artist’s sad passing and the special retrospective of his work at New York’s Asia Society. Mohasses’s vitality as an artist and social critic is celebrated, including in testimonial footage featuring distinguished admirers, including former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and artist Shirin Neshat. Part of the Renowned Iranian Artists series.
Iran Darroudi: The Painter of Ethereal Moments
A portrait of the contemporary Iranian painter, whose mesmerizing landscapes display the influence of both east and west, of both the physical and the mystical. Part of the Renowned Iranian Artists series. Also included on the disc is director Bahman Maghsoudlou’s 1972 short film "Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures."
Silence of the Sea
The first feature by director Vahid Mousaian paints a thoughtful, poignant portrait of an Iranian expatriate who, homesick for his native land, attempts to find a way to see it again however he can.
Screen legend Anthony Quinn plays his last major role in this satire by Maximalist artist Daryush Shokof as an aging man who hires servants to help his replenish his vital life forces. Also starring David Warner and Alexandra Stewart.
Manhattan By Numbers
Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi’s first English language film follows a writer (John Wojda) as he roams the city trying to find the money to pay his rent.
Ghasem Ebrahimian wrote and directed this comedy about a clash between cultures. When Iranian newlyweds arrive in New York, their friends surprise them with a traditional ritual that ends up causing all kinds of misunderstandings. Filmmaker/IFVC founder Bahman Maghsoudlou appears in a supporting role. The film was featured as part of the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.