The focus will be on artistic business in a country with great limitations when it comes to freedom of speech, but still has been one of the most interesting film nations the last 20 years.
The event has as a goal to introduce Iranian film for a Norwegian audience, to discuss the conditions for filmmakes in Iran today, especially after the election in 2009, questions of freedom of speech and human rights, social and esthetic aspects at the last years of Iranian films (women rights among others), and the conditions for Iranian film makers who work in excile.
The Symposium will be a combination of short presentations and panel debates about the themes mentioned above. The cooperation between Kosmorana and NTNU helps the symposium to reach out to a film interested audience, and also an extensive share of actors in the Norwegian film industry, who will get the possibility to learn about Iranian film, participate in discussion and make contacts with Iranian film makers.
Responsible for the symposium is Ali Shirzadi and Eirik Frisvold Hanssen (NTNU) in cooperation with Kosmorama Internation Film Festival.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, film director and producer
Bahman Ghobadi, film director and producer
Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature (Columbia University)
Hamid Naficy, Professor of Communication (Northwestern University)
Susan Taslimi, Actress and film director
Maysam Makhmalbaf, film producer
GUEST OF HONOUR: MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF
The Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is our guest of honour during this year’s Kosmorama. The festival program is heavily marked by Iranian films and films about Iran. Iran is a cultural nation and has been an important providor of new, big talents and great films all since the revolution, and that Iranian film makers have found a way to make strong society critical films within the state controlled muslim clergy since 1979. Since his debut early in the 1980’s Mohsen Makhmalfbaf has been a pioneer and an inspiration for the wave of film makers coming from Iran from 1990 and till today. His films have explored the tension in the relations between the individual and a bigger social and political context. Henceforth his films have often been viewed as a comment to the development of the Iranian state and its people.
Kosmorama will also show the Iranian films THIS IS NOT A FILM and CLOSED CURTAIN, directed by the film maker Jafar Panahi. This are his two most recent films, and both are made in secret after the director was arrested and put in house arrest with a 20 year work ban. THIS IS NOT A FILM was smuggled out of Iran in 2011 and made it to the Cannes-program the same year. The Iranian-Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi’s film RHINO SEASON is this year’s closing screening at Kosmorama.Both these directors are guests of honour during Kosmorama.
The Iran-symposium is financed by Fritt Ord, Olso and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).