Sydney has been hosting the 9th edition of the Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA).
‘Zaferanieh’ by Seyyed-Ali Hashemi, ‘Alive’ (Life Hanging) by Hossein Doumari and Pedram Pour-Amiri, ‘Castle of Dreams’ by Reza Mirkarimi, ‘Repression’ by Reza Gouran, ‘Labyrinth’ by Amir-Hossein Torabi, as well as ‘Zero Floor’ by Ebrahim Ebrahimian are on the screening list of the festival.
The list goes on with ‘Old Men Never Die’ by Reza Jamali, ‘My Second Year in College’ by Rasoul Sadr-Ameli, ‘Symphony No.9’ by Mohammad-Reza Honarmand, ‘The Oath’ by Mohsen Tanabandeh, ‘Tehran: City of Love’ by Ali Jaber-Ansari, and ‘Captain Khorshid’ by Nasser Taqvaee.
‘My Second Year in College’ is on the Sydney screen November 5 and ‘Symphony No.9’ is scheduled to hit the screen on November 6, 2019.
There are two close friends in ‘My Second Year in College’, two university girls, going on an excursion to Isfahan. After an accident one of them falls into a coma, for the other one, any confrontation turns to be a new challenge. Confrontations with her own mother, sister, and fiancé, her sleeping friend, her parents and most of all her best friend’s fiancé who she has been getting closer and closer with.
Soha Niasti, Fereshteh Arastouee, Ali Mosaffa, Pedram Sharifi, Babak Hamidiyan, Vishka Asayesh, and Shaqayeq Farahani are on the movie’s cast list.
In ‘Symphony No.9’, Rahil is a surgeon and has lost her husband during surgery. She decides to kidnap her husband’s body and bury him next to his parents based on his will, although his husband’s family disagrees. On the way, Rahil confronts the Angel of Death and realizes she no longer has the chance to fulfill her husband’s wish. But surprisingly the Angel of Death in his last mission on earth falls in love with Rahil instead of transporting her soul and this is against the rules!
The movie stars Hamid Farrokhnejad, Sareh Bayat, Mohammad-Reza Foroutan, Mehrdad Seddiqiyan, Pejman Bazeghi, Hoda Zeynolabedin, Alireza Kamali, Marivin Vankhol, and Hamid Molana.
Commenced in 2011, the IFFA is the only nation-wide Australian Festival dedicated to Iranian Cinema. Its aim is to showcase a diverse range of the best and most interesting of current Iranian cinema, one of the world’s most exhilarating national cinemas, and through cinema to introduce Iranian culture to Australians.
The 9th IFFA was held on October 24-30 in Brisbane, November 1-3 in Canberra, and is underway on October 31-November 6 in Sydney.
Melbourne and Adelaide will be the next destinations of this year’s IFFA which will come to an end in Perth on November 20.