Celebration of Iranian Cinema at UCI-2018

Join us for the 3rd Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine September 15-16, 2018. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives.



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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 with English subtitles.

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Saturday, September, 15 4:00 pm
Valderama (Iran, 2016)

2018 UCLA Film Valderrama

Valderama, a name the 15-year-old soccer fan borrowed from his idol, Colombian soccer star, Carlos Valderama, is without any immediate family or an official ID card. After an incident at the job where he works illegally, Valderama skips town to Tehran where he falls into an underground economy of illegal street vendors, squatters and drug dealers. Director Abbas Amini plunges us into this fraught world and the plight of other kids like Valderama without ever resorting to easy sympathy or answers.

Producer: Majid Barzegar
Director: Abbas Amini
Screenplay: Abbas Amini, Hossein Farokhzadeh
Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editor: Majid Barzegar, Hamidreza Barzegar
Music: Mehran Ghaedipour
Cast: Hamed Alipour, Nafiseh Zare, Gity Ghasemi, Assadolah Monjazi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 91 min.


Saturday, September, 15 7:00 pm
No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film No Date, No Signature

A late night car accident involving a respected forensic doctor (Amir Agha’ee) and a working class family—that may have lead to the death of family’s youngest son—triggers a series of deceptions and revelations that come to consume everyone involved with questions of guilt and responsibility. Vahid Jalilvand (Wednesday, May 9) was named Best Director at the 2017 Fajr Film Festival for this tightly wound drama and Navid Mohammadzadeh won Best Supporting Actor for his gripping portrayal of the boy’s father.

Production: Noori Pictures
Distribution: Distrib Films US
Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Screenwriter: Ali Zarnegar, Vahid Jalilvand
Cinematographer: Peyman Shadmanfar
Editor: Vahid Jalilvand, Sepehr Vakili
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Amir Agha’ee, Hediyeh Tehrani, Zakiyeh Behbahani, Sa’eed Dakh

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 104 min.


Sunday, September, 16 4:00 pm
Negar (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film Negar

After her businessman father’s death is declared a suicide, Negar (Negar Javaherian) experiences strange, fragmentary visions that suggest otherwise. With her father’s debts suddenly pressing down on the family, Negar begins her own investigation into what happened, which could lead her to the truth or into madness.

Director: Rambod Javan
Screenwriter: Ehsan Goudarzi
Cinematographer: Bahram Badkheshani
Editor: Bahram Dehghan
Music: Christophe Rezai
Cast: Negar Javaherian, Mohammad Reza Froutan, Mani Haghighi, Atila Pesiani, Alireza Shojanouri

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 100 min.


Sunday, September, 16 7:00 pm
Blockage (Sad-e mabar) (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film Blockage

A Tehran city official charged with policing illegal street vendors, Ghasem (Hamed Behdad) shakes them down for bribes instead. Fearing he’ll soon be fired for corruption, Ghasem desperately scrambles to set up another scam using his wife’s inheritance. One bad decision leads to another with the personal stakes getting higher each time in director Mohsen Gharaie’s taut, sharply drawn feature debut.

Producer: Bahman Kamyar
Director: Mohsen Gharaie
Screenwriter: Saeed Roostaie
Cinematographer: Morteza Hodaei
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Production Design: Hojjat Ashtari
Music: Reza Mortazavi
Cast: Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiaie, Nader Fallah, Giti Ghasemi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 82 min.


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Event Details

Event Starts 09/15/2018
Event Ends 09/16/2018
Individual Price General Admission Tickets: $12.00 VIP Package: $75 (includes admission to all films + invitation to the VIP reception on opening night - limited packages available)
Location UCI Crystal Cove Auditorium