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Iranian film “Tales” (Ghesseh-ha) by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

What will lighten our dark night? An untimely love?!

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s latest film Tales is a collection of stories highlighting the difficulties the lower classes face in today’s society, from unemployed factory workers to poor or drug-addled women or those at risk of domestic violence.

The stories take us all over Tehran, with tales of patriarchal abuse, forced imprisonment and prostitution unfolding in taxis, trains and buses — each marked by fear, but also acts of courage and love.

After three decades of filmmaking the characters of my documentary and feature films are still alive to me and I live with them. “Tales” is returning to the characters of my previous films under today’s circumstances. Even though “Tales” is a complete independent version, but for me and the people who have seen my previous movies, is a review of the people’s fate and social conditions over the past three decades. Rakhshan Banietemad, director

– Best Screenplay Award: 71st Venice Film Festival (2014)
– Jury Grand Prize: 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2014)

Tales (Ghasseh-ha) (trailer):

Director& Producer: Rakhshan Banietemad
Screenplay: R. Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Production Designer: Amir Esbati
Director of Photography: Koohyar Kalari
Sound Recorder: Yadollah Najafi
Sound Mix: Amirhossein Ghassemi
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Music: Siamak Kalantari
Make-Up Designer: Mehrdad Mirkiani
Production Manager: Nava Rohani
Executive Producer: Kanoon Iran Novin
Cast: Golab Adineh, Saber Abar, Farhad Aslani, Foojan Arefpoor, Bahareh Daneshgar, Mohammadreza Forootan, Shahrokh Forootanian, Babak Hamidian, Mehdi Hashemi, Negar Javaherian, Baran Kosari, Fatemeh Motamedaria, Peiman Moadi, Hassan Majooni, Habib Rezaei, Atefeh Razavi, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Khosro Shahraz, Rima Raminfar
Color, D-Cinema, 16:9, 88 min, 2014, Iran

Sources: Noori Pictures | Feature | “Tales” (Ghesseha), Aquila Style

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido.

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Tales is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-Veiled, Under the Skin of the City and Mainline. […]

Best-known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

“The characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day,” she had earlier stated. […]

Another Iranian film maker Nima Javidi’s debut feature-length film Melbourne received critical acclaim at the festival. The film opened Critics’ Week section of the event.

French film composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the international jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The 71st annual Venice Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy from August 27 to September 6, 2014.

Source: Payvand News of Iran

Rakhshan Bani-E’temad – Film director and screenwriter: “First Lady of Iranian Cinema”

Bani-E'temad, Rakhshan - Iranian film director and screenwriter

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad arrives for the screening of her movie “Ghessea” (Tales) at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August, 2014 (AFP Photo/Tiziana Fabi)

Rakhshan Bani-E’temad, (Persian: رخشان بنی اعتماد‎, born April 3, 1954 in Tehran, Iran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran’s premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.

Her title as “First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is not only a reference to her prominence as a filmmaker, but it also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work.

Bani-E’temad did not receive immediate praise upon entering the film industry. Her early feature films were met by harsh criticism. However, she finally earned critical and popular success in 1991 with her film Nargess. She received the Best Director Award from the Fajr Film Festival, marking the first time in the history of the festival that a woman was awarded the Best Director prize.

Bani-E’temad’s films are considered socially and politically conscious social documentaries. She aims to reflect the realities of Iranian people’s daily life experiences. Her documentaries are centered on issues of poverty, criminality, divorce, polygamy, social norms, cultural taboos, women’s oppression, and cultural expectations.

With her 2002 film Our Times, Bani-E’temad became the first female filmmaker to explicitly confront the Iran-Iraq war, placing her in an important role in Iranian film history. She has been known to challenge censorship codes to the very edge.

She has donated her international prize for the movie Ghesseh-ha to build a shelter for homeless women. Previously she has also donated some of her awards to help disadvantaged women.

Filmography (as a director)
– 1986: Kharej az Mahdudeh (Off-Limits)
– 1988: Zard-e Ghanari (Canary Yellow)
– 1989: Pul-e Khareji (Foreign Currency)
– 1992: Nargess
– 1995: Rusari Abi (The Blue-Veiled)
– 1998: Banoo-ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady)
– 1999: Baran-O-Bumi (Baran and the Native – short)
– 2001: Zir-e Pust-e Shahr (Under the Skin of the City)
– 2002: Ruzegar-e ma (Our Times – documentary)
– 2004: Gilane
– 2006: Khoon Bazi (Mainline)
– 2009: We Are Half of Iran’s Population
– 2014: Ghesseh-ha (Tales)

Honors and Awards
– Bronze Leopard, 48th Locarno Film Festival (for The Blue-Veiled) (1995)
– The Prince Claus Award (1998)
– Special Golden St. George, 23rd Moscow International Film Festival (for Under the Skin of the City) (2001)
– Best Achievement in Directing, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (for Mainline, with Mohsen Abdolvahab) (2007)
– Honorary doctorate, SOAS, University of London (2008)
– Best Screenplay Award, 71st Venice International Film Festival (for Tales, with Farid Mostafavi) (2014)

Sources: Wikipedia | Rakhshan Bani-E’temad