For one weekend, September 10 – 11, Iranian cinema comes to the Bay Area, more specifically, The San Francisco Art Institute (800 Chestnut St.). Some of the highlights this year include a short film from the director of Offside and This Is Not A Film, Jafar Panahi, a strong musical film program that includes a live performance by percussionist Pezhham Akhavass, and a tribute to filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan. The festival also boasts a slew of exclusive and rare screenings.
For a film buff, it’s sad to say the amount of Iranian films I have seen I can count on two hands. For that reason alone I am somewhat excited for this festival’s arrival. Anyone else excited for this? Schedule and ticket info can be found after the jump.
Tickets cost $10 for a general ticket, $8 for students. Festival Pass is $100 for general and $80 for students. Click here to buy your ticket(s).
Saturday, September 10, 2011
11 AM I was Worth 50 Sheep + Bitter Milk + The Lion Wearers
1:10 PM Brick & Mirror
3:40 PM The Other + The wind is blowing on my street + Ask the Wind
5:50 PM Musical Films (See list of Musical films below)
7:12 PM David Q&A with Maz Jobrani + The Alleys
10:00 PM Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari + Original Certified Copy + Delete + The Accordion
Sunday, September 11, 2011
11 AM Plastic Bag + The Other Side + Hakel, Makel + Rojin + Vapor + Cinderelleg + Transformation + The Ambassador Wife + Roghieh + Feminin, Masculin + Human Beings
1:15 PM My Iranian Paradise + A Beautiful Snowy Day + Bani Adam
3:30 PM Crossroads of Civilization
5:45 PM Flamingo No. 13 Q&A + The Road is Closed + Huma, Bird of Fortune
6:46 PM Zurkhaneh Q&A + Live Performance by Ardavan Mofid
10:00 PM About Nice + Iran
Saturday, September 10 @ 5:50 PM
1- The Scorpio
2- “1 in 10″
3- Bahram an Iranian Rapper Q&A* with Sam Ali Kashani (director)
4- And Dammam Again
5- What Patience God Has Q&A* with Sattar (singer)
6- Pezhham Akhavass Live Performance