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‘Junk Girl’ bags Best Animation Award at American Filmfest.

Made in Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz, this short animated film is about a doll girl made of junk, who is mistreated by everyone and forced to leave her city. It is based on a poem by Tim Burton from his ‘The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, and Other Stories’.

According to MNA, the animation has so far been nominated for awards in many different film festivals around the world and recently garnered the Rivers Media Festival’s best animation award, the US.

Located in Helena, Montana, the International Motion Picture Festival takes place every two years and brings international cultures to Helena and the world, through the art of film/animation. According to the festival’s website, the International Motion Picture Festival present a wide spectrum of filmmaking, from feature films to documentaries, animation and short films, to experimental, student work, big budget films, low budget and even micro-budget projects.

This year’s edition of the festival ran from September 5 to September 7, 2016.

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‘Junk Girl’ bags Best Animation Award at American Filmfest.

Made in Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz, this short animated film is about a doll girl made of junk, who is mistreated by everyone and forced to leave her city. It is based on a poem by Tim Burton from his ‘The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, and Other Stories’.

According to MNA, the animation has so far been nominated for awards in many different film festivals around the world and recently garnered the Rivers Media Festival’s best animation award, the US.

Located in Helena, Montana, the International Motion Picture Festival takes place every two years and brings international cultures to Helena and the world, through the art of film/animation. According to the festival’s website, the International Motion Picture Festival present a wide spectrum of filmmaking, from feature films to documentaries, animation and short films, to experimental, student work, big budget films, low budget and even micro-budget projects.

This year’s edition of the festival ran from September 5 to September 7, 2016.

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All Iranian Participants in Zurich Film Festival

Zurich Film Festival (September 22-October 2) is the film’s debut appearance along six other movies. Borderlines focuses in boundary conditions in contemporary world and other human projects. Psychological territorial conflicts and individual and social upheavals are especially addressed in the section, MNA reported.

“On the inside there is laughter as well as tears, while the outside, the walls of an Iranian correction and rehabilitation center located on the outskirts of Tehran, is heavily guarded by wardens. Some inmates are underage mothers, others married. All are in this place because they have broken the law – be it by drug dealing, violent crimes, or even murder. Daily life here is simple, while life outside the facility could mean living on the streets, or accepting domestic violence. The inmates share a common fate and do their best to support and understand each other. With his sensitive questions, director Mehrdad Oskouei gives these women a voice – and removes them from the context of their criminal pasts” writes the official website of the festival.

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ will also be present in Gala Premieres of the present edition of festival. “In the middle of the night, Emad and Rana are awoken by a grinding sound. Shortly thereafter they are evacuated from their apartment block, which is in danger of collapsing. The young couple soon found a new place to live, and everything seems fine. One odd thing, however, remains: despite several attempts to contact the previous tenant, she still has not picked up most of her possessions. One day, after waiting for her husband to return from work, Rana opens the door and is faced with a nasty surprise. The incident takes a sinister turn that will change Emad and Rana’s relationship forever. Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi once again proves his credentials as a master dramatist by slowly stripping his protagonists of their security and bringing their darker side to light.”

A third Iranian movie, ‘Under the Shadow,’ by Babak Anvari and co-produced with Qatar will be screened in Special Screenings.

“As bombs rain from the sky at the height of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, the young mother Shideh and her daughter, Dorsa, take cover in their apartment block. When a missile hits their apartment building, a neighbour dies in mysterious circumstances. Following this Dorsa’s behavior becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania, in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought with it Djinn – malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind… Masterfully staged in the style of early Polanski films, the psychological horror-drama, ‘Under the Shadow’ caused a sensation at this year’s Sundance Festival.”

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All Iranian Participants in Zurich Film Festival

Zurich Film Festival (September 22-October 2) is the film’s debut appearance along six other movies. Borderlines focuses in boundary conditions in contemporary world and other human projects. Psychological territorial conflicts and individual and social upheavals are especially addressed in the section, MNA reported.

“On the inside there is laughter as well as tears, while the outside, the walls of an Iranian correction and rehabilitation center located on the outskirts of Tehran, is heavily guarded by wardens. Some inmates are underage mothers, others married. All are in this place because they have broken the law – be it by drug dealing, violent crimes, or even murder. Daily life here is simple, while life outside the facility could mean living on the streets, or accepting domestic violence. The inmates share a common fate and do their best to support and understand each other. With his sensitive questions, director Mehrdad Oskouei gives these women a voice – and removes them from the context of their criminal pasts” writes the official website of the festival.

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ will also be present in Gala Premieres of the present edition of festival. “In the middle of the night, Emad and Rana are awoken by a grinding sound. Shortly thereafter they are evacuated from their apartment block, which is in danger of collapsing. The young couple soon found a new place to live, and everything seems fine. One odd thing, however, remains: despite several attempts to contact the previous tenant, she still has not picked up most of her possessions. One day, after waiting for her husband to return from work, Rana opens the door and is faced with a nasty surprise. The incident takes a sinister turn that will change Emad and Rana’s relationship forever. Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi once again proves his credentials as a master dramatist by slowly stripping his protagonists of their security and bringing their darker side to light.”

A third Iranian movie, ‘Under the Shadow,’ by Babak Anvari and co-produced with Qatar will be screened in Special Screenings.

“As bombs rain from the sky at the height of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, the young mother Shideh and her daughter, Dorsa, take cover in their apartment block. When a missile hits their apartment building, a neighbour dies in mysterious circumstances. Following this Dorsa’s behavior becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania, in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought with it Djinn – malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind… Masterfully staged in the style of early Polanski films, the psychological horror-drama, ‘Under the Shadow’ caused a sensation at this year’s Sundance Festival.”

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Is it safe to travel to Iran

So is it safe to travel to Iran? Those who travel to Iran tend to report that they feel most unsafe as a pedestrian, as particular norms that are followed in many western countries such as cars stopping automatically at pedestrian crossings are not generally adhered too in Iran.

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Iran’s Cinema Verite Plans to Invite British Broadcaster David Attenboro

The request has been made by a number of Iranian documentarians and naturalists, the Public Relations office of Cinema announced in a press release on Monday.

According to the secretary of the festival Mohammad- Mehdi Tabatabainejad, the organizers have welcomed the idea and will be inviting the naturalist as a special guest of the festival.

It is hoped that the British documentarian accepts the invitation and attend the workshops due to be arranged during the festival to transfer his knowledge to Iranian filmmakers.

Sir David Attenborough celebrated his 90th birthday in May 2016. In a body of work spanning seven decades and more than 100 series, Attenborough has come face to face with thousands of extraordinary species, and has created some of the most unforgettable moments in television. 

Some of his most famous docs include “David Attenborough: The Early Years” (2013), “Africa” (2013), “Frozen Planet” (2011), “Attenborough and the Giant Egg” (2011), “Planet Earth” (2006), “The Life of Mammals” (2002) and “The Private Life of Plants” (1995).

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Pottery Uncovered In Iron Age Cemetery Hill in Qazvin

A Cultural Heritage Research Center local archaeologist and the head of a team working on delimiting the cemetery hill in Qazvin alluvial plain told reporters on Saturday that they had been excavating the site in 68 places with depths varying between 1 and 6 meters; “the southwestern part of the site has the largest number of excavations with 28 cases. Preliminary estimations by Yousef Majidzadeh suggest the chalcolithic part of the site has a 100-hectare peripheries; our present excavations roughly found more or less the same delimitation for the site,” Nowzar Heidari told the press. “The visible scope of the cemetery hill (Iron Age and settled-industrial sections of the chalcolithic period) has been estimated to be 7 hectares before new excavations. We estimate widening the scope to 17 hectares in the near future.”

According to MNA, Heidari also added that the widening in the northern side will be the least with most widening in southwestern side of the site; “excavations uncovered pottery in good conditions; a new tomb was excavated to examine whether the newly-found tomb is part of the older tombs excavated earlier, where we found that it was part of the Iron Age cemetery and had not been discovered for a long time,” he said.

“Agricultural activities and irrigation mode have damaged the sepulchers, with most bone parts irrevocably lost,” he concluded.

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