Paul Malcolm Rakhshan Banietemad Shahram Mokri and Kamran Heidari. Photo by Vafa Khatami
Film aficionados and the LA community were dazzled by the opening night of the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema on April 25.
The much anticipated film, Tales (Ghesse-ha), had its LA premiere with a sold-out screening. The film is directed by the award-winning filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad. She is one of Iran’s most critically acclaimed directors and screenwriters, and she was in attendance for a Q&A after the screening, followed by a VIP reception with a Persian-inspired menu and refreshments.
Fans of Banietemad were lined up out the door to experience the opening night, sponsored by the Farhang Foundation. The premiere attracted acclaimed Iranian artists, directors and notable members of the community, including Emmy Award-winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, Houshang Touzie (Argo); Tim Matheson (The West Wing, Animal House); Parviz Sayyad (a famed actor in Iranian cinema), and many others. The cinema series continues until Sat., May 16, with the 1974 classic Still Life (Tabiate Bijan) by Sohrab Shahid Saless, and Mohsen Badie: Artisan of Cinema, by director Amir Badie.