4th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema in Orange County

  • Presented By: Farhangang Foundation
  • Dates: September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: UC Irvine Crystal Cove Auditorium
  • A, 311 W Peltason Dr,, Irvine, CA 92697
  • Phone: (310) 666-1546
  • Time: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Price: General Admission: $12 per screening; VIP Package: $75
  • Details

    In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co-presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives.

    VIP Package includes admission to all films + invitation to the VIP reception on opening night.

    All films presented in Persian with English subtitles.

    Schedule of Films:

    Saturday 4:00 PM
    HENDI & HORMOZ
    Rugged and delicate beauty exist side-by-side on the red sand island of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf where 13-year-old Hendi is married off to the 16-year-old Hormoz on his promise of a job at the local mine. When the job falls through, the young couple must struggle to make their way against difficult odds in a land as spellbinding as it is unforgiving.
    Director: Abbas Amini
    Screenwriter: Hossein Farrokhzadeh, A. Amini
    Cast: Hamed Alipour, Zohreh Eslam, Asma Daneh-chin

    Saturday 7:00 PM
    SHEEPLE (Maghz-haye Koochak Zang-Zadeh)
    Navid Mohammadzadeh stars as the slow-witted, grasping brother of Shakur (Aslani), a meth dealer and procurer who acts as reigning patriarch for both their impoverished neighborhood and their highly dysfunctional family. When rumors about their sister are exposed, a violent, domestic power struggle breaks into the open. Writer-director Hooman Seyedi doesn’t pull any punches in this sordid tale of corruption that culminates in one of the best action set pieces in contemporary Iranian cinema.
    Director/Screenwriter: Hooman Seyedi
    Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Farhad Aslani, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini

    Sunday 4:00 PM
    BEFORE SUMMER ENDS
    Director Maryam Goormaghtigh weaves a most beguiling blend of fiction and non-fiction in this semi-documentary feature about a trio of Iranian ex-pat bros who take a road trip through the shimmering French countryside before one of their own returns to Iran. The expected riffs on male obsessions—women, partying, women—come finer-edged with melancholy, regret and loneliness as the friends also reflect on their lives in self-imposed exile.
    Director: Maryam Goormaghtigh
    Cast: Arash, Ashkan, Hossein

    Sunday 7:00 PM
    TEHRAN, CITY OF LOVE
    Three lonely hearts—a bodybuilder, a receptionist and a religious singer—navigate the chilly waters of romance in an alienating urban landscape that puts the irony in the title of writer-director Ali Jaberansari’s second feature. Jaberansari’s deadpan humor and a wry visual style make this an offbeat romantic comedy that suggests it's the absurdity of pursuing love, not its triumphs, that really makes us human.
    Director: Ali Jaberansari
    Screenwriter: A. Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi
    Cast: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiar