Announcing the 2016 UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

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UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema Brings Audiences Face-to-Face With Outstanding Cinematic Achievements and an Opportunity For Cultural Exchange

Sponsored by Farhang Foundation the Film Series Begins on
April 30 and Concludes on May 22, 2016

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Left: Two (do), directed by Soheila Golestani. Right: Avalanche (Bahman) directed by Morteza Farshbaf

WHAT: UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema sponsored by Farhang Foundation
WHEN: April 30 - May 22, 2016
TICKETS: Regular screenings: $10 general admission available here.

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 20, 2016 - For more than two decades, UCLA Film & Television Archive has showcased the ever-unfolding tradition of Iranian film for Southern California audiences. The distinct series brings audiences face-to-face with outstanding Iranian cinematic achievements-and many filmmakers themselves-while offering stimulating opportunities for cultural exchange and a window into the country's complexities through art, where often there are few other avenues.

Sponsored by Farhang Foundation, this year's films have been carefully curated and arranged to provide a cinematic experience at its peak.

UCLAFilm2016 squareThe celebration begins with the much-anticipated U.S. premiere of the film, Two, (Do) a character study about a woman hired to clean house for a man who is selling an apartment he inherited. Their strangely evolving relationship confounds expectations, as each character's complexities first set up and then dismantle the possibility of connection. Two marks the directorial debut of filmmaker and actress Soheila Golestani, who coaxes bravura performances from her many distinguished leads. (See the trailer here.)

"We are thrilled to once again be able to support such an amazing celebration of the best in Iranian Cinema" says Mark Amin, Chair of the Farhang Film Festival Committee and Vice Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. "Collaborating with UCLA Film & Television Archive has been a very fulfilling partnership which ultimately results in presenting American audiences with exceptional works in the Iranian cinematic arts."

Continuing a tradition of more than 20 years, the Archive is proud to bring this annual program of superb, cutting edge Iranian cinema to Southern California audiences, said Shannon Kelley, Head of Public Programs, UCLA Film & Television Archive. We are pleased to work again with Farhang Foundation, our ongoing sponsor, in presenting this year's exciting edition.

The film series includes The Sale, a surprising contemporary drama about societal pressures that put women in impossible situations, but also inspire female solidarity. Hadji Sha, a moving drama also concerning female power achieved by fascinating means and The Man Who Became a Horse, a spellbinding art film reflecting Iranian New Wave Cinema. Renowned actress and star of Hadji Sha, Roya Teimoorian, will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film screening on May 20th.

The celebration concludes with the west coast premiere of Avalanche (Bahman) by director Morteza Farshbaf. The film stars the award-winning actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, who is considered one of the most significant actresses of Iranian cinema today. She is a nine-time nominee for the best actress award at the Fajr International Film Festival In Iran and four-time Crystal Simorgh award-winner, the most prestigious award given by the Fajr International Film Festival.

The complete schedule of films, updates on filmmakers in attendance, and $10 general admission tickets are available in advance at UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Films will screen at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

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About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz, Shabe-Yalda, Mehregan, theater and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit