Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10.
Bring your own films 6-7pm
Just For You London
A programme of independent short films illustrating some of the secrets
of London life including The Real Notting Hill (Nic Marq) award winning
life on the streets and Guilt (Jonathan Barnett)-a rock star goes bad
in Notting Hill.
30 April, 1, 7 & 8 May 2003
Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10
Portobello Film Festival is
proud to present an
Iranian Film Festival
Running on 30th April and 1st May, and the 7th May and 8th May between
7pm and 11pm the Portobello Iranian Film Festival features a feast
of new Iranian short films by modern masters such as Bayram Fazli,
Farshad Hekmat, G. Reza Razavi and Saeed Nouri.
Admission to all sessions is free.
The Festival was inspired by the excellence of contemporary Iranian
Cinema, far more sophisticated than much other contemporary product.
The films have grace, pace, poetry, and wit, mostly filmed on digital
in natural light with spare dialogue and small casts they are an object
lesson in low budget film making.
Themes range from a farmer who loves his cow more than his wife (‘Joining
Up’/Ebrahim Saeedi) to several timely works on the Iran/Iraq
war (‘Trench On The Other Side’/Bayram Fazli and ‘Like
All Human Beings’/Saeed Tarazi). Mysticism is never far from
the surface (‘Parhoodeh’/Rozetter Ghadery). The titles
alone conjour magical worlds (‘Nobody Thinks About Fishes’/
Ali Esmati, ‘The Well Of Whispers’/Mostafa Jalaiffakhr,
Dervish Of Metals’/Mahmoud Yarmohamadlou, ‘Solar Eclipse
Narrated By Wind’ (Javad Emami), ‘A Timeless Moment’/Farshad
Wednesday 30th April
14 mins. Drama. A film about Jacobs ladder.
30 mins. Documentary. A tale of a dying wife and son.
A Timeless Moment
48 mins. Drama. A woman’s mystical relationship with the sea.
12 mins. Drama. Two contradictory stories of a young couple who cannot
watch a film together accompanied by a suicide and a dubbing of the
last scene of Godard’s “Alphaville.”
The Smell Of Fresh Bread
46 mins. Drama. Story of a young and confused student who is about
to lose his girlfriend due to his chaotic lifestyle.
The Windows Of Heaven
20 mins Mohammad, an African boy who works with his master in an Iranian
mosque, faces problems on his return to Afghanistan.
Nobody Thinks About Fishes
(Ali Zamani Esmati)
17 mins. Drama. A story of hope amongst the chaos and degradation
in an Iraqi/Kurdish refugee camp.
(Ali Zamani Esmanti)
16 mins. Drama. In a desert without any water an Afghan boy has fallen
in love with a girl who is looking for water with her blind grandfather.
10 mins. A tragic love story woven metaphorically around a seemingly
Night Under The Sky
(G. Reza Razavi)
14 mins. Drama. An ageing man visits his grandchild for the New Year
ceremony but falls out with his daughter-in-law and returns home in
a taxi at midday.
The Trench On The Other Side
14 mins. Drama. During the war disillusioned soldiers come to know
who the real enemy is.
Thursday 1 May (7pm-11pm)
The First Iranian Actress
25 mins. Documentary.
An Iranian film actress rejected by religious society for her acting
recalls her bitter memories.
(Moshen Amir Yousef)
15 mins. Documentary. A look at a very special religious ceremony
6 mins. Art. In the Spring of 2002 six little girls were drowned in
a Tehran city park pool. This is an experimental chronicle of that
Rule Of The Game
2 mins. Animation. Peace in Chess play.
Passion Of Killing
22 mins. Documentary. A forester who feels a deep sympathy with nature
and the native animals is given a job guiding foreign hunters during
the season of the hunt.
Whisper Of Waves
30 mins. Documentary. In Southern Iran fishermen are listening carefully
to the sea in the middle of the night. Hearing some special fishes
that are making love they find the hunt is on.
(Masoud Bakhshi and Majid Hamidian)
50 mins. Documentary.
The Iranian experience of searching for the “European Dream.”
A cautionary tale about the realities of seeking asylum in European
Dervish Of Metals
20 mins. Documentary. A look at the works of Ali Zarifi, the Iranian
maestro of Ghalamzani, the art of carving on metal.
The Daughters Of Sunshine
28 mins. Fictional Documentary. A true story of two sisters who live
together but are completely different.
The Colour Of Voyage
20 mins. Documentary. A look at the works of a village artist who
is inspired by the colours of nature and paints with his fingers.
22 mins. Fictional Documentary. An old man prepares a memorial ceremony
for his dead wife. He buys a cow but before the slaughter he
finds he has affectionate feelings towards the cow.
Wednesday 7 May (7pm-11pm)
42 mins. Documentary about the making of “Resurrection”.
(Farshad F. Hekmat)
30 mins. Art.
22 mins Drama A woman on a trip with her friends and her husband gets
lost in the jungle. During her wandering she discovers a cottage belonging
to a painter. She experiences strange feelings about the painter who
it turns out was a past lover from a former life.
The Songs Of The Grey Man
(Amir Shahab Razavian)
35 mins. Fictional Documentary. Bittersweet romance between two old
5 mins. Drama. A filmmaker is searching for a subject to make a film
about. During his search he faces some problems.
Solar Eclipse Narrated By Wind
16 mins. Documentary. Nader Tabrizi is an 80-year-old man living alone
in Southern Iran. He earns his living by charging local boys to use
his airgun to practise their shooting. The neighbours tell us frankly
what they really think of Mr Tabrizi.
Like All Human Beings
45 mins. Documentary. The human consequences of the 1980 Iran/Iraq
war. This film has a new look at the lives of both sets of captives.
Thursday 8 May (7pm-11pm)
(Farshad F. Hekmat)
19 mins. Art.
Born To Be A Soldier
28 mins. Fictional documentary.
In Kurdistan on the Iran-Iraq border young boys do military service
to earn their family’s living.
12 mins. Documentary. A true story about death in Southern Iran.
30 mins. Documentary. A look at the Gooran Gholkani and Banzardeh
tribes of the Zargros mountains in Dalahou, portraying aspects of
tribal life in which women have most of the responsibilities. In Dalhou,
woman means life.
Rolling Master Vali
11 mins. Fictional Documentary. After Taliban a young Afghan
soldier searches for a girl who he was in love with since childhood.
This leads us to the story of Rolling Master Vali.
Between Shadow And Light
25 mins. Documentary. Through four paintings of Iranian artist, Farah
Ovsoli, this experimental documentary reveals the eternal aspects
of life: Birth and Death, Good and Evil.
The Well Of Whispers
20 mins. Documentary Not far from Qom, Iran’s most religious
city, there is a Well that people believe to be a Holy Site.
Here they write demands and wishes, putting them into the well to
be picked up and read by Eman e zaman, the last Shi-ite Iman.
10 mins. Art. Hearing human voices, a statue decides to change into
a human being. On finding out more about this human world, the statue
prefers to remain a statue.
The Wall Of Life
20 mins. Documentary. An eight year old girl does a highly dangerous
job for her ill father to earn money for the family.