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Iran’s ‘No Date, No Signature’ left out by 2019 Oscars 18 Dec 2018

Iran’s ‘No Date, No Signature’ left out by 2019 Oscars

Iranian feature movie ‘No Date, No Signature’ directed by Vahid Jalilvand did not make the cut in the Foreign Language Film category of 2019 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizers of the annual Oscars, revealed shortlists for documentaries, foreign language films, music, visual effects, and […]

Afghanistan sends Afghan-Iranian movie “Rona, Azim’s Mother” to Oscars 06 Oct 2018

Afghanistan sends Afghan-Iranian movie “Rona, Azim’s Mother” to Oscars

 “Rona, Azim’s Mother”, a co-production between Afghanistan and Iran, has been submitted to the 91st Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Thursday. The Tehran-based Afghan brothers Jamshid and Navid Mahmudi are the director and producer of the movie, whose story is set in Tehran. Starring […]

Iran sends “No Date” to Oscars despite calls for Academy Awards boycott 16 Sep 2018

Iran sends “No Date” to Oscars despite calls for Academy Awards boycott

 Iran has submitted the acclaimed drama “No Date, No Signature” to the 91st Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category despite calls for the Farabi Cinema Foundation to boycott the prestigious cinematic competition over Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Directed and written by Vahid Jalilvand, the movie is about Dr. […]

Iranian House of Cinema seeking right to select Iran’s Oscar submission 26 Jul 2018

Iranian House of Cinema seeking right to select Iran’s Oscar submission

TEHRAN – The Union of Iranian Directors, which is a division of the Iranian House of Cinema, has asked the Farabi Cinema Foundation to entrust selecting Iran’s Oscar submission to the house that is also known as the Iranian Alliance of Motion Pictures Guilds. The request was made in a letter sent on Wednesday to […]

Iranian cinematographer talks about Oscar-nominated ‘The Silent Child’ 30 Jan 2018

Iranian cinematographer talks about Oscar-nominated ‘The Silent Child’

Award-winning Iranian cinematographer Ali Farahani, who photographed Chris Overton’s short film ‘The Silent Child’, talked with MNA about this Oscar-nominated live-action. ‘The Silent Child’ is a British short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton. It tells the story of Libby, a deaf four-year-old girl, who lives a silent life until a social worker, played […]

Iran’s ‘Breath’ fails to make Oscars shortlist 16 Dec 2017

Iran’s ‘Breath’ fails to make Oscars shortlist

TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Language Academy Award entry for 2018, Narges Abyar’s Iran-Iraq war drama ‘Breath’, did not make the Academy’s shortlist that was announced on Thursday. The Academy on Thursday announced the nine films that will compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Iran’s entry, Narges Abyar’s Iran-Iraq war drama ‘Breath’, […]

Middle East Hopes to Pull Off Another Oscar Win 12 Nov 2017

Middle East Hopes to Pull Off Another Oscar Win

In her recent article in Variety.com, film critic Alissa Simon has pointed to the powerful cinematic productions in the Middle East which can end up among the final five nominees in the foreign language film category at the 90th Academy Awards. As she wrote, with last year’s winner, Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’, hailing from Iran, […]

Armenia sends “Yeva” to Oscar race 02 Oct 2017

Armenia sends “Yeva” to Oscar race

TEHRAN – “Yeva”, a co-production between Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation and the National Cinema Center of Armenia, has been selected as Armenia’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category. Directed by Iranian-Armenian filmmaker Anahid Abad, the film tells the story of Yeva, a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws […]

Anti-war drama “Breath” to represent Iran at Oscars 20 Sep 2017

Anti-war drama “Breath” to represent Iran at Oscars

TEHRAN – The acclaimed anti-war drama “Breath” by director Narges Abyar has been selected as Iran’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category. A committee of nine cineastes picked the film from a shortlist of 10 films, including “The Midday Event” by Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian, “Malaria” by Parviz Shahbazi and “Subdued” […]

Iran appraising ten films to pick submission to Oscars 18 Sep 2017

Iran appraising ten films to pick submission to Oscars

TEHRAN – A committee of nine cineastes is evaluating a shortlist of 10 films to select Iran’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards for the best foreign-language film category. Directors Sirus Alvand, Mohammad Bozorgnia, Kamal Tabrizi and Rasul Sadr-Ameli, actor Reza Kianian and musician Majid Entezami are among the members of the committee selected by […]