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27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

February 4 - 25

This month the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the "27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran," February 4 through 25, premiering new work from one of the world’s most celebrated and awarded national cinemas. This longest-running showcase for Iranian cinema in North America provides an ever-changing view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s inventive filmmakers.

On the weekend of February 17-19, we honor and remember the career of Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), Iran’s brilliant and much-awarded director and photographer. He changed the face of Iranian cinema through forty-six films, including CLOSE-UP, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES, TASTE OF CHERRY, and TEN, and earned a well-deserved place in the pantheon of contemporary masters of world cinema.

On Saturday, February 18, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and Prof. Mehrnaz Saeedvafa honor this beloved artist’s career following a screening of 76 MINUTES AND 15 SECONDS by the director's friend and collaborator Seifollah Samadian. Kiarostami’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning TASTE OF CHERRY screens on February 17, 18, and 19 in a 35mm print.

Women are the focus of five new films presented in the course of the festival, an indication of how an examination of the roles of women in Iranian society and the family continues to be a foremost concern of filmmakers. In the stylistically adventurous LANTOURI, a woman journalist demands justice through a barbaric ancient law for injury inflicted by a spurned suitor. Leila Hatami (A SEPARATION), Iran’s ever-popular international star, plays a cunning con-woman in ME.

Freedom is an illusion for an independent woman betrayed by her siblings in the Cannes Film Festival selection INVERSION. A college student finds that rebellion against her over-protective dad comes with the discovery of family secrets in DAUGHTER. With BREATH, director Narges Abyar emerges as an audacious talent, representing a distinctly female point of view.

— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the many individuals, companies, and agencies in Iran and in the U.S. whose invaluable efforts, good will and support have made this year’s festival possible. Special thanks to: Ahmad Kiarostami; Mohammad Atebbai, Iranian Independents; Nasrine Médard de Chardon, DreamLab Films; Katayoon Shahabi; Kimia Shahabi, Noori Pictures; and Ali Ghasemi.

The Festival of Films from Iran would not be possible without the vital interest and generous support of many friends including: Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, Artistic Consultant; Amir Normandi, Community Affairs Consultant; Simin Hemmati-Rasmussen, Cultural Affairs Consultant; and Narimon Safavi, Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Iranian film on any applicable Saturday or Sunday in February, and get a ticket for the second Iranian film that day at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; and Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)