Prague’s Iranian Film Festival Presents Summer Cinema Screenings
Oppressive regimes can sometimes lead to flourishes in the art world; the Czech New Wave reached its prime as Soviet tanks rolled into Prague, and similarly, the cinema of Iran has been experiencing a high-profile resurgence in recent years.
Iranian films have been in the spotlight over the last decade, led by filmmakers like Asghar Farhadi, who won Foreign-Language Film Oscars in 2012 (A Separation) and in 2017 (The Salesman). Both films are among the best of the decade.
And one of the best films I’ve seen so far in 2017 also happens to be an Iranian production: A Man of Integrity, which I caught it at this year’s Karlovy Vary film fest. A stark parable targeting a corrupt system, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof who was able to make the movie despite a jail sentence hanging over his head.
Earlier this year, Prague’s Iranian film festival, celebrated its sixth year of bringing Iranian films into the Czech capital (and also Brno and Bratislava). In January, they screened films such as Farhadi’s The Salesman and Ida Panahandeh’s Nahid.
And this month, in cooperation with Prague summer hangout Containall (Malá Strana version), they’ve announced a pair of summer cinema screenings to bring back two features from this year’s festival and celebrate Iranian film in a unique summer venue.
On Sunday, August 6, Containall will screen director Hadi Mohaghegh’s Immortal:
And on Tuesday, August 8, the venue will showcase Mani Haghighi’s genre-defying A Dragon Arrives!, which screened in competition at last year’s Berlinale:
The Iranian features aren’t the only film’s to be screened at Prague’s unique outdoor venue this summer. Keep an eye on their program for future events; August 9 will see a presentation of the Norwegian feature In Order of Disappearance, and August 13 will bring the Czech-Slovak co-production Špína.