Celebration of Iranian Cinema at UCI-2017

Join us for the 2nd Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine August 25-27, 2017. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives.

General Admission: $10

VIP Package: $75

VIP Package includes admission to all films + invitation to the VIP reception on opening night.
Limited packages available.

All films from Iran and in Persian, except where noted.

Friday, August 25 - 7:00 p.m.
LIFE AND A DAY (Abad va yek rooz) (2016)

Film Life and a Day

Directed by Saeed Roostaee. Producer Saeed Malekan. Screenplay Saeed Roostaee. Cinematography: Ali Ghazi. Editor: Bahram Dehghan. Music: Omid Raisdana. With: Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.

A family beset by long simmering troubles and conflicts struggles to hold itself together after the death of its patriarch in writer-director Saeed Roostaee’s explosive and riveting feature debut.

DCP, color, 115 min.

Saturday, August 26 - 4:00 p.m.
STARLESS DREAMS (Royahaye Dame Sobh) (2016)

Film Starless

Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei.

Documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei crafts a delicate but powerful portrait of young Iranian women struggling with abuse and addiction at a detention facility where they share with his camera their stories of pain, hope and resilience.

DCP, color, 76 min

HEY, HUMANS (2016)

Film Hey Humans

Directed by Rakhshan Bani Etemad. Producer: Rakhshan Bani Etemad. Cinematography: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah, Mohammad Hadadi. Editor: Shirin Barghnavard. Music: Siamak Kalantari.

The latest documentary from master filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad (Tales, Nargess) quietly extolls the tireless work of the Chain of Hope Institute, which connects Iranian children in poverty who have serious heart and orthopedic conditions with international doctors who perform the life- saving surgeries they need.

DCP, color, 66 min.

Saturday, August 26 - 7:00 p.m.
BREATH (2016)

Film Breath

Directed by Narges Abyar. Producers: Mohammad-Hossein Ghassemi, Abouzar Pourmohammadi. Screenwriter: Narges Abyar. Cinematography: Saed Nikzat. Editor: Sajad Pahlevanzadeh. Music: Massoud Sekhavatdoust. With: Sareh Nour Mousavi, Pantea Panahi Ha, Mehran Ahmadi, Jamshid Hashempour, Shabnam Moghadami.

Writer-director Narges Abyar (Trench 143) blends humor and hardship, animation and live-action in adapting her own novel about a young girl’s rural childhood before her world is turned upside down by the Iran-Iraq War.

DCP, color, 118 min.

Sunday, August 27 - 5:00 p.m.
DAUGHTER (Dokhtar) (2016)

2017 UCLA Film Daughter

Directed by Reza Mirkarimi. Producer: Reza Mirkarimi. Screenwriter: Reza Mirkarimi. Cinematography: Hamid Khouzouei. Editor: Meysam Movini. Music: Mohammad Reza Aligholi. With: Farhad Aslani, Merila Zarei, Mahour Alvand, Mehran Kashani.

In defiance of her traditional father (Aslani), Setareh (Alvand) sets out for on a day trip to Tehran from Abadan to attend a friend’s going away party, triggering a family crisis that engulfs multiple generations in writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s richly shot and wonderfully acted story of the intersecting divisions that mark contemporary Iran.

DCP, color, 103 min.


Hotel accommodations kindly provided by Radisson Newport Beach
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Event Details

Event Starts 08/25/2017
Event Ends 08/27/2017
Individual Price General Admission Tickets: $10.00 VIP Package: $75 (includes admission to all films + invitation to the VIP reception on opening night - limited packages available)
Location UCI Crystal Cove Auditorium