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Ferdowsi, Iranian Shahnameh, Our Today

Ferdowsi, Iranian Shahnameh, Our Today

The Book of Kings [Shahnameh of Ferdowsi] is one of Iran’s greatest literary legacies still murmuring the heroic lifestyles of ancient peoples and kings of the Empire in verse for the Iranian nation and Persian speakers around the world after the passing of many centuries. It is composed in three parts of mythology, heroism, and history.  

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Beyzaei and Kiarostami films at the TFT

Beyzaei and Kiarostami films at the TFT

An Iranian film festival is being staged in California from 28 April to 19 May 2018. Films screened here are “Bashu – the little stranger”, a timeless work by Bahram Beyzaei, and “24 Frames” by Abbas Kiarostami in the out of competition category of the Department of Film, Television and Digital MediaUCLA School of TFT.

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Two Int’l awards for the cinema of Iran

Two Int’l awards for the cinema of Iran

The Iranian cinema has been successful in winning two more awards, one for the documentary “Weavers of imagination” from the Arc Film Festival in Germany, and one for “Run Rostam Run” for the animated comedy.   

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Kiarostami Foundation opens in the US

Kiarostami Foundation opens in the US

The Kiarostami Foundation has been set up by Ahmad Kiarostami in the US. Its job is to supervise and publish the cinematic and artistic works of the late Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami. The Foundation has been established by his eldest son who is a US resident.

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See the Louvre through the eyes of Kiarostami

See the Louvre through the eyes of Kiarostami

If you have not been to “The Louvre in Tehran” at the National Iranian Museum yet, make an effort to go and see this brilliant little piece of the Louvre in the Iranian capital, where a painting by Rembrandt and other masterpieces from the famous museum in France are on display for all to see. Among these, you will also come across photos of the Louvre Museum shot by the late Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, years ago and see it through his lens.

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Greenery and life in Iranian mythology

Greenery and life in Iranian mythology

Iranian culture holds trees in high esteem, if not holy. Cutting and breaking them is frowned upon. In Persian mythology, Mithra (Zoroastrian Divinity (yazata) and guardian of the cattle, harvest, and waters) was born of a pine tree. The pine, or cypress, is an evergreen, heavenly tree representing love.

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Kiarostami photos of Louvre in Tehran

Kiarostami photos of Louvre in Tehran

A collection of photos from the Louvre Museum by late Abbas Kiarostami, entitled "Look at Me” will be displayed for the first time simultaneously with the exhibition of the Louvre Museum works at the National Museum of Iran. “When we were negotiating with Louvre officials, it was decided that works of several well-known photographers worldwide at the Louvre to be displayed in Iran; the French also mentioned that a well-known Iranian artist had taken good photos of the Louvre, namely Abbas Kiarostami. We talked with Ahmad and Bahman Kiarostami for the final selection of works and determined the location of this exhibition”, Nokandeh told IRNA.  

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Geological paradise of Iran awaits Unesco registration

Geological paradise of Iran awaits Unesco registration

“Tabas” bears the title of Iran’s geological paradise as its third geopark proposed for Unesco World Heritage registration. “Qeshm” was the first geopark in Iran and the Middle East to be registered by Unesco in 2006. The “Aras” geopark was also proposed to Unesco for registration in 2008 and is still awaiting a decision. That said, Iran is presently preparing a third geopark file for registration.

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Abbas Kiarostami honored in Brussels

Abbas Kiarostami honored in Brussels

The late Iranian director, Abbas Kiarostami, will be honored in Brussels with the screening of two of his films. The movies “24 Frames” and “Take me home” by the late Kiarostami will be screened here together with “76 Hours and 15 seconds with Abbas Kiarostami” by Seifollah Samadian on 16 and 25 January at the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium.

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