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Amir Naderi (R) and Andrea Sartoretti behind the scenes of ‘Monte’
Amir Naderi (R) and Andrea Sartoretti behind the scenes of ‘Monte’

Naderi’s ‘Monte’ on Screens in August

The highly symbolic movie is set centuries ago in 1350, and tells a dramatic story of a man who makes every attempt to bring sunlight into his village, where his family is barely able to survive because of the prevailing darkness

Naderi’s ‘Monte’ on Screens in August

Fans of director Amir Naderi can see his new film in Iranian cinemas soon, almost 30 years after a movie by the auteur was shown inside the country.

His new film ‘Monte’ (Mountain), a joint production of Italy, France and the US, will be screened at the movie theaters of the Art and Experience Cinematic Group from mid-August, cinematicket.org reported.

The group, covering 18 cinemas across Iran, is an opportunity to show worthwhile movies chosen from non-commercial films, in order to demonstrate the brilliance of their creators.

‘Monte’ premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival last September where Naderi received the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award for his contribution to a new era of Iranian films.

The highly symbolic movie is set centuries ago in 1350, and tells a dramatic story of a man who makes every attempt to bring sunlight into his village, where his family is barely able to survive because of the prevailing darkness.

Starring Italian actors Andrea Sartoretti and Claudia Potenza, the film marks the first by Naderi in Italy.

The film is one hundred percent in Italian, though, like Naderi’s other movies, there is not much dialogue in it.

“In all my movies I try to push the boundaries of cultures, countries and situations. Ultimately they are all survivors, because I believe humans should always make something impossible possible,” the director said about his works.

  Influential Filmmaker

Naderi gave fundamental impetus to the birth of Iranian cinema during the 1970s and 80s, with several masterpieces destined to leave their mark on the history of cinema.

Born in the southern city of Abadan, Naderi, 70, made his directorial debut with ‘Goodbye Friend’ in 1971, and soon became one of the best known figures in the film industry.

He entered the international spotlight with ‘Tangsir’ (1974). ‘The Runner’ (1985) and ‘Water, Wind, Soil’ (1989) both won the Golden Montgolfiere at Three Continents Festival in Nantes.

The prominent director moved to the US in the mid 80’s and made ‘Sound Barrier’, which won the Roberto Rossellini Critics’ Prize at the Rome Film Festival in 2005, and ‘Vegas: Based on a True Story’, which premiered in competition at Venice in 2008.

His Japan-set ‘The Cut’, a homage to yakuza (crime syndicates) movies, opened the Venice Horizons section in 2011. Naderi was also in Venice in 2014 with ‘Mise En scene: A Conversation with Arthur Penn’, in the classics section.

Naderi says he is proud of Iranian cinema as it is one of the best in the world. “I wanted to make movies in other parts of the world as well. I love my country and was at the peak of my career then but I chose a different path,” he said.

He believes that there are plenty of young talented filmmakers whose works are seen across the globe. “I am certain Iranian directors will keep on surprising the world in the future.”

The purpose of the Art and Experience Cinematic Group is to screen new, modern, experimental and artistic films to serve the interest of a particular social strata that can connect to such movies.

The term ‘art film’ refers to any cinematic work including short films, feature films, documentaries and animations which do not belong to the mainstream cinema yet their forms and contents can impress specific viewers’ aesthetic tastes and emotions.

Furthermore, the term ‘experimental film’ refers to movies which present new methods of expression and cinematic narratives, unlike commercial and mainstream movies.

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