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Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary As It Happened

Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary As It Happened
You see “Iran” and think certain things. You go to Iran and see the people, the shops, street activity, the environment, its museums and you forget the two things about it which shape your emotional reaction to it: politics and history. Being one of two Americans attending the Fajr International Film Festival makes me feel responsible for sharing my best moments with a broader public.

The Fajr International Film Festival is a gala affair, small enough to meet and share time with the many participants, both filmmakers and invitees from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Armenia, Turkey, Japan, Mongolia and Korea (and more!). I can only think of one other film event which offered such a luxurious array of experiences to go along with film watching (when Rosskino of Russia invited 25 U.S.distributors and us to Moscow and St. Petersburg and then repeated the event for Brics countries
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Still Moving Like Jagger At 70 - Happy Birthday, Sir Mick!

Still Moving Like Jagger At 70 - Happy Birthday, Sir Mick!
As I got on the tube this morning at Ealing Broadway station, I glanced across the road at the building on the corner, and paid a quick, quiet homage. Because this unprepossessing building was where Mick Jagger and his bandmates - yet to adopt the Stones moniker - first took to the stage in 1962, and strummed the first notes of their blues-inspired sound.

(Michele Hanson in the Guardian can do better than that - she remembers the gig, as she writes here)

Nothing so strange about that. Except the same snake-hipped frontman who swivelled and pranced around on that Ealing stage is still happily prancing, preening and peacock-posturing a half-century later, and seems to be getting better with age, according to Glastonbury's Michael Eavis, who hosted the band for the first time this year, and promptly announced them the best headliners ever - review of that gig here.

Sir Mick,
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Tonight's TV highlights

  • The Guardian - TV News
Lost Land of the Tiger | The End of God? | Excluded | This is England '86 | Drop Dead Diva | True Stories: The Queen of Persia

Lost Land Of The Tiger

9pm, BBC1

Tigers are in trouble. The global population has been reduced by 95% over the last century – in less than a decade, they could become extinct. Big cat biologist Dr Alan Rabinowitz thinks their final hope lies with the tiger population in Bhutan in the Himalayas, but no one knows whether the big cats here are thriving or in decline – the kingdom is usually shut off to outsiders. So a crack team made up of a naturalist, scientist, camera operators and tracker dog has been assembled to go into the jungles and mountains to find evidence of the tigers. Part two is on tomorrow. Ms

The End Of God? – A Horizon Guide To Science And Religion

9pm, BBC4

With Stephen Hawking
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Two Parties. Two Locations. And a Whole Lot of Art-World Love

Last Saturday night in downtown Manhattan, the art world indulged in a "meta" mutual lovefest in two locations, a few blocks apart, in parallel time. Rob Pruitt, famed for his Andy Warhol–inspired canvases of glittering panda bears, was signing copies of his new monograph, Pop Touched Me. Covering the walls of Gavin Brown's Enterprise gallery with a couple hundred autographs of art-world royalty, Pruitt offered a historical survey, and evidence of his title. Off and on for the last two decades, he's gotten art notables and others to put their signatures on one-by-three-foot pieces of raw canvas with a big black marker. One of the non-art signatures is that of the former president of France Jacques Chirac, noting the date as 1989. Almost all of the rest are art-celebrity scribbles, which fill the standard-size canvases with an unpredictable spatial variety. One is particularly extravagant: gallery owner Tony Shafrazi's signature stands
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The Queen and I (Drottningen och jag)

The Queen and I (Drottningen och jag)

Directed by: Nahid Persson

Cast: Empress Farah, Nahid Persson

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: August 28, 2009

Plot: Nahid Persson fled her native Iran after making a documentary that the government felt was anti-Islamic. Now she wants to make a film about another Iranian refugee, the former Empress Farah. The two women offer different views on living in exile from a beloved country.

Who’s It For? Anyone who’s interest was piqued by the recent unrest in the Iranian elections. The film offers some really interesting perspective on Iran.

Expectations: I was intrigued by the write up, ever since reading Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and seeing the film of the same name I’ve been interested in the events of the Iranian Revolution.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Empress Farah as herself: Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to like Farah.
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Friend or Foe? Iranian Filmmaker Confronts Her Past with “The Queen and I”

“I went back to Iran to film ‘Four Wives- One Man’ and [they] arrested me for two months and took my passport and they accused me of being a royalist,” said “The Queen and I” director Nahid Persson Sarvestani on the genesis of her documentary, which spotlights the exiled Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the late Shah of Iran. “The idea of the film came while they interrogated me.” Being called …
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Seventh Art to distribute 'Queen and I'

Seventh Art Releasing has acquired North American theatrical rights to Nahid Persson's documentary "The Queen and I," a portrait of Farah Pahlavi, the widow of the Shah of Iran. HBO took the domestic pay-tv rights in deals handled by Shoreline Entertainment.

"The film gives a three-dimensional view of the history, culture and power-hungry sects of Iran, which have dictated political change, and shows that in every political struggle there are always shades of gray which are too often overlooked," Shoreline CEO Morris Ruskin said.

The deal was negotiated by Shoreline's Sam Eigen and Brian Sweet with Seventh Art and HBO.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

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