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First Annual Silicon Valley Iranian Film Festival: March 12, 2017

We are pleased to announce the launching of the First Annual Iranian Film Festival in Silicon Valley, as part of the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, which is celebrating its 10th year in September 2017.

Sponsored by Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC)/Payvand and Azari Property Management

The featured films for this year’s event are:

Atlan. Screening with Ice Water, Showtime, 12 noon. Atlan is the story of Ali, a young Turkman horse trainer who plans on using the prize money from his award-winning horse Ilhan to pay for his wedding. But when unexpected problems arise, Ali needs to fight for Ilhan and for his own future. This film highlights the importance of horses in the life of Iranian Turkmen, where horse races are often highly significant social events. Director: Moein Karrimoodini. Cast: Ali Bagheri.

Ice Water. Screening with Atlan, Showtime, 12 noon. This short film tells the story of an old man whose life is closely tied to an endlessly repeating cycle of collecting water from melting ice, and making ice from the collected water. Director: Jalal Saed Panahi. Cast: Jahangir Osmanpour and Chiako Khorshidi.

The Buffalo. Showtime, 2:00 pm. Tragedy strikes a couple, Shokufeh and Iman, when their plan to flee Iran is cut short by Iman’s accidental drowning in a lagoon. A diver called Bahram the Buffalo is assigned to find Iman’s body and a relationship begins to develop between him and Shokufeh. Director: Kaveh Sajjadi. Cast: Parviz Parastui, Soheila Golestani, Pantea Panahiha and Hooman Seyedi.

Oblivion Season. Showtime, 4:00 pm. An ex-prostitute starts a new life by marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed before. Suddenly she finds herself a prisoner and must earn her freedom by fighting fight back against a male-dominated society. Director: Abbas Rafei. Cast: Sareh Bayat, Amin Zendegani, Shahin Taslimi and Abbas Shoja.

Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz and Others. Showtime, 6:00 pm. The wife of a famous actor takes on a role as his playmate in his latest movie. Neither of them expects all the attention she receives by the critics, and their marriage is damaged by her husband’s increasing jealousy. The wife leaves home, but when she returns their daughter, the couple faces some, even more challenges. Director: Behrouz Afkhami. Cast: Mehdi Fakhimzadeh, Gohar Kheirandish [in person] and Mani Haghighi.

The Sinners. Showtime, 8:00 pm. A tightly plotted Iranian film noir, The Sinners opens on the streets of Tehran, where a beautiful woman who developed an independent streak during seven years in the United States meets a violent end. Many people wished her dead—the young lover she spurned, the married boss she blackmailed, the human trafficker she knew too much about, her angry father who felt disrespected—but who could be sinner enough to kill this woman? Director: Faramarz Gharibian. Cast: Faramarz Gharibian, Homayoun Ershadi, Rambod Javan and Shaghayegh Farahani.

The tickets and passes are on sale now: online and at the theater box office.


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