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Fajr International Film Festival

Founded in 1982, Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) is Iran’s largest annual film festival held in Tehran. It is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to quality local and international films. Since its establishment, Fajr International Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema. Every year, veteran directors and new filmmakers devotedly present their works in the festival.

Over the years, Fajr has been honored by numerous great film figures who have also worked closely with the festival as respectable Jury Members, such as Volker Schlondorff, Krzysztof Zanussi, Robert Chartoff, Semih Kaplanoglu, Bruce Beresford, Percy Adlon, Paul Cox, Shyam Benegal, Bela Tarr, Jan Troell, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Elia Suleiman, Agnieszka Holland, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rustam Ibragimbekov, just to name a few among other influential figures.


Director of Taken 3 Olivier Megaton attending 36th Fajr Int'l Film Festival says despite cultural differences, we are bound


The French director, writer, and editor best known for directing The Red Siren, Transporter 3, Colombiana, and Taken 2, and Taken 3 is attending the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival. He said his interest in Iran's cinema has been the biggest motif to participate the ongoing event.


He added despite cultural differences between Iran and France, two countries are still bounded, noting nations could be friends despite the differences.


Interview with Olivier comes as following:


  1. Dear Olivier please give us a little introduction of yourself?

Usually I attend festivals as a jury or presenter of my films, but this year because of my interest in Iran’s cinema I myself decided to join the festival to see Iran’s culture and cinema with my own eyes and also attend the master classes of the festival.


  1.  As you know festivals are famous for special images. For example, Cannes Film Festival is famous for its artistic theme and Berlin for its political them. What do you think Fajr is famous for?

I think it has changes. Some years ago Cannes festival was more artistic, but now it is only about money, no young filmmaker can join the festival but here I see so many young and talented filmmakers showing their skills by their this festival is more alive and active.


  1. As a director what kind of theme interests you more?

I can say most of themes are my favorites, but I specifically focus on lives of suburban in France, their challenges, problems and the violence exists there .I aim to show the insecurity of society and how to find a solution for it.


  1.  How do you think artists, especially directors could be effective in making their country's cinema known internationally? And how do you think cinemas in world could bound?

Once I had a project in China, let me tell you a secret, everything there is totally different from France. So making these two cultures and cinema connected is a difficult mission. But artists always find a way to connect cultures and genres to each other. But some movies have universal themes or motifs, so all kinds of audiences from all over the world can enjoy them. About Iran and French cinema, I still insist on the differences of cultures. It is very difficult to have co-production but people like Farhadi and Kiarostami have accomplished the mission of touching people’s heart gratefully.


  1.  As you know due to some political issues Iran’s image has been miss represented to the world, how festivals like Fajr, can show the real face of Iran?

Today people don’t care that much about the things told by media. They either find the truth or don’t care about the news at all. People in west, mainly the USA are not aware of other countries and their situations.



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About Fajr International Film Festival

Fajr International Film Festival,held on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in February,aims at acting as a bridge between national cinemas from the East and the West and emphasing film art`s potentialities for presentation of spiritual values.



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