Asghar Farhadi to visit Havana next April

Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi will visit Cuba next month, to participate in a week-long Iranian Film Festival set for April 9 through 16 in Havana.

Farhadi, which heads the Iranian delegation to the event, will premiere in Havana his film A Separation, which won the Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and other prizes such as the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Best Actor at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

Another two films by Farhadi will be screened during the one-week event, including The Fire Fiesta and About Elly, respective winners of the 2009 Silver Bear for Best Director and Best Film at the U.S.’s Tribeca Festival.

Other films included in the program are The Color of Paradise (1999) by Majad Majidi; The White Baloon (1995) by Jafar Panahi, and The Flavor of Cherries (1997) by Abbas Kiarostami.

Asghar Farhadi will be accompanied by the president of the Topoly International Productions Society, Nourbakht Farrokh Reza, the event’s co-sponsor; journalist and documentary filmmaker Mina Rad Abedini, and stenographer and painter Hassan Makaremi, who will open an exhibit.

During their stay, the Iranian delegation will visit the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and TV School (EICTV) as part of a program sponsored by the Cuban Film Institute, the Cuban Writers and Artists Association’s Cuba-Iran Project and the Iranian Embassy in Cuba. (RHC)

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