Íránci Film Festival Returns to Prague, January 15-20

Top films from the contemporary Iranian film scene will be featured in central Prague cinemas throughout the next week as the Íránci Film Festival, now in its eighth year, returns to the Czech Republic.

The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at 20:00 tonight in Kino Lucerna and a screening of Pig (Khook), a surrealist black comedy about a serial killer targeting Iran’s top film directors – – and the blacklisted filmmaker who discovers he isn’t on the hitlist.

Directed by Mani Haghighi, Pig had its world premiere at last year’s Berlin Film Festival. The film will also screen at Lucerna on January 20.

Through January 20, a selection of features, documentaries, and short films that represent the best of contemporary Iranian filmmaking will screen at Prague cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Světozor, Bio Oko, and Kino Pilotů.

Among those will be Invasion (pictured above), a murder mystery with hints of vampirism from director Shahram Mokri (Fish & Cat). Invasion will screen on Thursday and Saturday at Kino Světozor.

Also screening: 3 Faces, the latest feature from acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran), which had its world premiere at last year’s Cannes film fest. 3 Faces follows a trio of actresses throughout different periods in Iran’s tumultuous history.

Throughout the Íránci Film Festival in Prague, visitors to Kino Světozor can also sample Persian food by chef Ata Alipour and take in an exhibition of Iranian movie posters.

After wrapping up in Prague on January 20, the Íránci Film Festival will continue at locations in other cities, moving to Brno from January 22-23 and to Bratislava from January 24-26.

For more information, visit the Íránci Film Festival website and official Facebook page.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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