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French Cinema in Tehran

French Cinema in TehranFrench Cinema in Tehran

Jean Michel Frodon, the former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinema, the famous French film magazine, was in Iran to attend the ‘French Cinema’ program (April 23-26) at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s Cinematheque.

Organized by the museum and the Embassy of France, it centered on the ‘New Wave’ films, a movement started in the late 1950s by a number of French film directors including Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard. Although never a formally organized movement, the ‘New Wave’ filmmakers engaged in their work the social and political upheavals of the era, experimenting with editing, visual style and narrative part to make films on social issues of the day on location, and experiment with the film form.

Frodon was responsible for choosing the films for the program as he has done extensive research on the subject of ‘New Wave’ in French cinema, the website reported.

He also attended the 34th Fajr International Film Festival (April 20-25) at Charsou Cineplex in downtown Tehran and expressed joy over visiting Iran again after 20 years. “I professionally follow Iran’s cinema,” he said.

Frodon, worked as an educator from 1971 to 1981. He became a journalist and film critic for the journal Le Point. He held the post until 1990 when he took over the same functions at the daily newspaper Le Monde in 1990, and in 1995 he was responsible for the daily film column. In 2003 he was appointed chief editor of Cahiers du Cinema.