Staff Correspondent

Many Iranian films have won international awards and have become popular around the world

MYSORE: Film buffs here got to know more about Iranian culture through the Iranian Film Festival held here by the Department of Communication and Journalism of the University of Mysore and the Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences in association with Mysore Film Society.

Three art films were screened during the three-day festival that ended on Monday. Iranian cinema is a flourishing industry with a long history. Many films have won international awards and have become popular around the world. Iranian film festivals are held annually around the globe. Some critics rank Iran as the world's most important national cinema artistically with a significance that invites comparison to Italian neo-realism and similar movements.

The pioneers of Iranian New Wave were directors Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Baharam Beizai and Parviz Kimiavi. They made innovative art films with highly political and philosophical tones and poetic language.

Subsequent films of this type have become known as the New Iranian Cinema to distinguish them from their earlier roots.

The notable figures of Iranian New Wave are Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Majid Majidi, Bahram Beizai, Darius Mehrjui, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Masound Kimay.

The films screened here included Rang-e-khoda (Persian, 1999), directed by Majid Majidi.

It is a story about Mohammad a student of a school for blind children in Tehran. Bicycleran (Persian, 1987) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf focuses on Nasim's plight in paying his wife's hospital bill.

Nasim finally decides to raise funds by betting that he can ride his bicycle non-stop for seven days. Badkonake Sefid (Persian, 1995) by Jafar Panahi is a story of Razieh's dream of having fat gold fish in her family pond.

Though she gets money to buy the fish, she loses it on her way. She finds it, but temptingly just out of her reach.

Consulate General of Islamic Republic of Iran Hossein Ravesh was the chief guest.