The Iranian Film Festival Australia (IFFA) is excited to be back for its fifth year, shining a spotlight on contemporary life in Iran in theatres across Australia. We kick off in Adelaide on October 9 before moving to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
This year’s programme is bursting with contemporary themes and ideas, which until now have rarely been explored in Iranian films. Featuring eleven features and six short films, the programme provides cinephiles the chance to explore the fabric of Iranian identity and discover why it remains the most passionately discussed and one of the most important cinematic movements of the moment.
The changing political environment has influenced the Iranian film industry and this year sees the theme of relationships move to the forefront of the programme. We know you will be curious about the transformation of Iranian cinema and hope that you will once again join us to explore and experience the thought provoking films now coming out of Iran.
The 2015 programme features three first-time filmmakers: new voices and fresh perspectives within the Iranian film landscape. We are proud to open with What’s the time in your world? the first foray into feature storytelling by film critic and documentarian Safi Yazdanian. What’s the time in your world?, starring Leila Hatami and Ali Mosaffa, is a curiously constructed story about the exploration of memory, personal history and perceptions of the past.
The festival closes with Bahram Tavakoli’s I am Diego Maradona, a dramedy about afflicted families from different social and economic levels.
Also screening are nine other films including the edgy Crazy Castle, Risk of Acid Rain, Death of the Fish and Melbourne, which all deal with love, death and eternity.
Tickets are now available on the Dendy cinemas website, please make sure you RSVP on Facebook to be kept up to to date!
Sydney friends! We are delighted to announce that Rouhollah Hejazi (director of Death of The Fish) will be our special guest at the opening night of the festival.
The thrillingly dramatic Death of The Fish will be screened on the 17th of October, marking the second time one of his films has appeared as part of IFFA. In 2013, he won IFFAs NETPAC award for BEST FILM with The Wedlock.
Hejazi is also participating in a seminar on Iranian cinema after the closing night film screening. This seminar is organised in conjunction with Sydney University on Sunday the 18th of October.
Films for all cities
Schedule for Dendy Newtown
Opening Night @ Dendy Opera Quays
The opening film 'What's the time in your world?' will be screening at Dendy Opera Quays for the first time ever! All other films will be screening at Dendy Newtown cinemas.
We are also excited to note that for opening night festivities, we will have a live musical performance by Nasim Ghosni!
Catering for the opening night of the festival will also be done by Farsi Restaurant, the top Persian restaurant in Sydney.
Denny Newtown, 261-263 King St, Newtown, NSW, 2042, Australia
Box Office: +61 2 9550 5699
Part of the greater Dendy chain, the Newtown cinema offers mainstream and arthouse titles, as well as exclusive MET Opera events and cult film screenings. Dendy Newtown was also the home of this year's Sydney Film Festival.
Transport and Parking
Dendy Newtown is located on 261 King Street, just 100m from Newtown train station and minutes away from multiple bus stops.
Train: Newtown Station runs along the Inner West line and trains are very frequent. For up to date timetable information, visit http://www.transportnsw.info/
Bus: Many bus routes run across King Street, including the 352, 355, 370, 422, 423, 426, 428, M30, L23 and L28. For up to date timetable information, visit 131500.com.au.
Car: Dendy Newtown has a paid parking car park limited to 20 available spaces.
Parking pricing is as follows: 0-1 hour $3, 1-2 hour $6, 2-3 hour $9, 3-4 hour $12 - 4 hours is the maximum parking time.
Wheel Chair Access
All cinemas are wheelchair accessible. Please use the lift on the Ground Floor. Cinemas 1-4 are located on Level 1 and Cinemas 5-10 are located on Level 3. Accessible bathrooms are located on the Ground Floor on Level 3.