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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Diary #8

In an overdue final Berlinale diary entry, I lay out my rankings overall and present brief reviews of Ali Ahmadzadeh's Atom Heart Mother with Taraneh Alidoosti and Pegah Ahangarani, Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth with Elizabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, Vladimir Tomic's Flotel Europa, Christoph Hochhäusler's The Lies of the Victors with Florian David Fitz and Lilith Stangenberg, Laura Bispuri's Sworn Virgin with Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli and Lars Eidinger, and Sabu's Chasuke's Journey with Kenichi Matsuyama and Ito Ono. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Diary #8

In an overdue final Berlinale diary entry, I lay out my rankings overall and present brief reviews of Ali Ahmadzadeh's Atom Heart Mother with Taraneh Alidoosti and Pegah Ahangarani, Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth with Elizabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, Vladimir Tomic's Flotel Europa, Christoph Hochhäusler's The Lies of the Victors with Florian David Fitz and Lilith Stangenberg, Laura Bispuri's Sworn Virgin with Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli and Lars Eidinger, and Sabu's Chasuke's Journey with Kenichi Matsuyama and Ito Ono. » - David Hudson
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Ali Ahmadzadeh interview about Kami's Party

Pegah Ahangarani, who has recently been jailed in Iran, as Farnaz in Kami's Party The debut film from Iranian director Ali Ahmadzadeh, Kami's Party offers a snapshot of a day in the life of a group of well-off Iranian youngsters. These are bright young things, who like to drink, party and take drugs but as the action begins it seems the lifestyle has already taken its toll on one of their number. When Nazanin (Mazanin Farahani) finds Omid dead in the first few moments of the film, she carts his body out to her 4x4. Finding herself boxed in, she goes to bed, only to awaken to find her sister Negin (Mina Sadati) has taken the car to head to a party with her pal Farnaz (Pegah Ahangarani), little realising that there is a good reason why her boyfriend Omid is not answering his phone. Along the way, they pick
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Daily Briefing. Iranian Hardliners Vs the Oscar

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With the Us and Israel insisting that "all options remain open, including military action, if Iran continues with its uranium enrichment program" and Iran snapping back that it'll stage "a reciprocal attack" if provoked, as the AP reports today, a little speed-bump in the Oscar race looks pretty damn trivial. Nonetheless, in today's Observer, Saeed Kamali Dehghan reports that "Masoud Ferasati, an Iranian writer whose views are close to those of the Islamic regime, said [recently on state-run television]: 'The image of our society that A Separation depicts is the dirty picture westerners are wishing for.' Ferasati added that political motivations were behind the many awards for Iranian films in the past two decades, and said an Oscar for A Separation should not be welcomed by Iranians." According to Dehghan, though, many "ordinary Iranians," have indeed welcomed the slew of awards Asghar Farhadi's film has garnered, beginning with the Golden and
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Backlash as Iran hardliners label Oscar favourite a 'dirty picture'

As international tensions rise, critics close to the regime dismiss praise for A Separation

It has picked up award after award, including a Golden Globe last month for the best foreign language film and the Golden Bear at last year's Berlin film festival. And it has delighted ordinary Iranians grateful for some glory at a time when international tensions are rising and the country's regime is ever more isolated.

But not everyone in Tehran is happy that Asghar Farhadi's hugely successful work, A Separation, is now a racing certainty to win an Oscar for the best foreign film at this month's Academy Awards.

The backlash was apparent on state-run television recently when Masoud Ferasati, an Iranian writer whose views are close to those of the Islamic regime, said: "The image of our society that A Separation depicts is the dirty picture westerners are wishing for." Ferasati added that political
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Iranian actress released from jail

Marzieh Vafamehr, who appeared in a film critical of Iran's repressive policies, has had her harsh sentence lifted

An Iranian court has overturned the lashing sentence imposed an an actor after she appeared in a film critical of the Islamic republic's repressive policies, according to Amnesty International.

Marzieh Vafamehr, who appeared with her head uncovered in the film My Tehran for Sale, was released from prison after her sentence of one year in prison and 90 lashes was overturned on appeal.

Amnesty said Vafamehr was released on Monday night, although there has been no report on her case in Iranian media.

Vafamehr, wife of the acclaimed film-maker Nasser Taghvai, was arrested in July after Iranian authorities took exception to the film about an actor whose theatre work is banned in Iran.

The film, directed by Granaz Moussavi, features Vafamehr as an actor who flees to Australia as an illegal immigrant after being persecuted in Iran.
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Iranian actor sentenced to 90 lashes for featuring in banned film

Marzieh Vafamehr also given one-year jail term for appearing in My Tehran for Sale with a shaved head and without a hijab

For one Iranian actor, life is mirroring art, in the most gruesome of ways. Two years ago Marzieh Vafamehr starred in a film about an actor whose theatre work is banned in Iran.

Now she faces a year in prison and 90 lashes after Iranian officials took exception to the film, which is itself banned inside the country.

Her crime? Appearing in an Australian film which is critical of the Islamic regime with her head uncovered.

Vafamehr, wife of the acclaimed film-maker Nasser Taghvai, was arrested in July after starring in My Tehran for Sale, which touches on many of the taboo issues of modern life in Iran.

"A sentence of one year in jail and 90 lashes has been issued for Marzieh Vafamehr," said a report published on Kaleme.
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Pegah Ahangarani released

Iranian actress freed from jail after two weeks.

The popular actress Pegah Ahangarani has been released from prison in Iran two weeks after she was arrested en route to the Women's World Cup. Although charges have not been dropped, her freedomn has been celebrated by Iranian human rights campaigners and Green Party supporters who had protested her arrest by shouting out her name in cinemas.

Documentary maker Mahnaz Mohammadi was released at the same time. The Iranian government has announced that it plans to release other imprisoned film industry workers over the next few...
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Iran releases prominent actor and filmmaker

Pegah Ahangarani and Mahnaz Mohammadi released on bail after widespread criticism of a crackdown on artists and activists

Iran has released two prominent cultural figures from jail following intense criticism of its crackdown against artists and rights activists.

Pegah Ahangarani, 27, a popular actor and outspoken supporter of the country's opposition green movement, was arrested two weeks ago en route to the women's World Cup. Mahnaz Mohammadi, 37, a documentary filmmaker, was detained by unidentified officials in June.

The human rights website Rahana reported on Wednesday that Ahangarani has been freed from Tehran's notorious Evin prison on bail.

Supporters of Ahangarani, who stars in two films currently being screened in Iranian cinemas, had been protesting against her arrest by applauding and shouting her name in movie theatres across the country in recent days.

Also on Wednesday, the BBC Persian service reported that Mohammadi had been released after paying 1bn Iranian rials (£61,000) in bail.
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