FCI, Bios and Synopses
SAEED NOURI, Ph.D. candidate on Iranian Film History at Versailles University, France, holds a B.A. in Film Directing from Sooreh Institute. He has made 8 films, participated in 70 films festivals, and received 6 awards since 2001.
Puzzle: A couple are remind of their souvenirs on the ground of a jigsaw puzzle.
Reattachment: Three differing narrations of a couple that cannot decide whether to watch a film ensemble.
Unexpectedly Television: A man’s secret affair with a woman is revealed during filming a family picnic.
Some moments ago: A ten-year old village boy’s desire to fly…
Epoque (days) of Farrokh: A documentary on the founder of Iranian cinematheque, FARROKH GHAFFARY.
VAHIDIAN VAHID, Born 1978, holds a B.A. degree in painting, is recipient of number of regional and national prizes for the short and documentary films he has directed.
Wind and Fire: A film about Sistan Province and the effect of its nature on the works of Hamidreza Avishi, the Sistanian sculptor.
SADAF AHMADI, born in 1985, received her BA degree in Film Studies from Soreh Institute in Tehran. She has appeared on stage and screen in both Europe and Iran, and directed number of short and documentary films.
About Bullshits: We often look outside for the reasons of why something horrible happens, but if we think about it hard enough we may find its roots inside ourselves.
AYAT NAJAFI, Born in Tehran in 1976, studied scenography in Tehran. He established a youth theatre company in college in 1995 while studying with masters of Iranian theatre. In 2003, he started the Arta Atelier, focusing on an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to theater as well as experimental short and documentary film. In 2005 he participated at Berlinale Talent Campus with his short film, Move It. His theatre other theatre work, Stories of Women with Mustaches and Men in Skirts, Lady Tehran and Rasht- City of Women were performed in Berlin. His film Football Under Cover won Teddy Award (Berlinale 2008), the Audience Award (Berlin International Festival, 2008) and Prix Europa Iris (Berlin 2009).
Football Under Cover (From the Tribeca catalog): The members of the Iranian women’s international football (soccer) lack the opportunity to play against other international teams. Marlene, the left back of a German soccer club travels to Tehran to meet Niloofar, a member of the Iranian women’s team who explains that they risk being reported to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard if they are caught playing without a headscarf. They both share headstrong nature, love for the sport and a fierce determination to go ahead with the game despite Iranian government’s objection. In 2006 Marlene manages to obtain visas for her team who travel to Tehran to take part in what promises to be the game of a lifetime. Football Under Cover gives new meaning to the phrase “girl power.”
KAVEH GHAHREMAN born in 1982 in Tehran, received his Bachelor degree in cinema Soureh Institute of the Arts in 2006, and a Master of Cinema Studies from Tehran Art University in 2009. He has made 23 short fiction, experimental and documentary films and won prizes from national and international festivals. He has been a member of Iranian short film association since 2007, and has taught cinema at Iran Youth Cinema Society Film School. He is presently working his first feature.
Taste of coffee (2005): A man and a woman are about to break up. Woman is going to leave his man but something prevent her from leaving, and it is the taste of a coffee.
It can be without Name (2005): A girl returning home from a journey realizes that her elder sister is going to marry. This reminds her some of the past memory and at the end she turn all these in to a short story.
Faraway (2011): Three sister living a quiet happy life together in a small house . but an accident almost ruins everything…
LIZ RICHARDS is a filmmaker and video installation artist whose work focuses on the intersection of physical process and concept. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Millersville University, an MA in Women’s Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA in Film and Video from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. In Buffalo, NY, Liz worked as a theater lighting designer and was nominated for an award for her work. She also worked in television and web production at WGBH in Boston for the PBS history series American Experience. During her time in Pittsburgh, Liz was a professor in the Cinema Department at Point Park University and was presented the 2009 Excellence in Filmmaking award by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the international organization, Women in Film and Media. Liz currently resides in Albany, NY where she is teaching film studies and production at the College of Saint Rose. She has had over 60 national and international screenings of her work in such places as Japan, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and France.
Hamlet’s Green Evolution
MAJID MOVASSEGHI was born in Noor, Iran in 1977, studied acting at the drama department of Azad University, Tehran. In 2003 he enrolled in the All-Russian State Film Academy (VGIK) in Moscow where he studied directing with Vadim Abdrashitov. He received the Special Award at 6th International Photo and Film Festival for Students of Iran, teaches acting and directing in Tehran, and is presently working on his first feature film, Doshanbe.
FARZAD KIYAFAR was born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran. He earned a B.A. in Film and an M.A. in Dramatic Literature from School of Cinema and Theatre, Art University, Tehran.. He has written for TV and managed an advertising company in Tehran. His film credits include; No End Story (2000) and Someone’s Got To Talk (2005).
Someone’s Got to Talk is about words unsaid; real feelings, cover ups, suspicions, fake smiles, and existing taboos in married life.