Magazine article Screen International

Iran's Tales Selected for Int'l Festivals

Magazine article Screen International

Iran's Tales Selected for Int'l Festivals

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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Tales, the new film from acclaimed Iranian female director-writer-producer Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, is set to travel the globe following its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).

The film, sold by Paris-based Noori Pictures, has now been selected for multiple festivals. Following its Venice premiere, Tales will be screened at Toronto, the London Film Festival, the Viennale, Busan, Thessaloniki and Filmfest Hamburg.

Bani-Etemad actually shot Tales two years ago but it could not be shown during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Its frank depiction of contemporary Iranian society, of the plight of women in the country and of the difficulties facing workers and students, upset the censors.

Now, under Ahmadinejad's successor, Hassan Rouhani, there has been a cultural thaw and the film can finally be seen at home and abroad. …

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