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Iranian Film Festival in Cologne

The annual festival offers a platform to present Iranian cinema, highlight the role of female filmmakers and help explore Iranian history, culture and civil society
Screenshots from Abbas Kiarostami’s “24 Frames”Screenshots from Abbas Kiarostami’s “24 Frames”

Features and documentaries made in the country are to be screened at the 5th Iranian Film Festival in Cologne, Germany on May 31- June 3.
Four feature films and nine documentaries from celebrated filmmakers and newcomers will be shown, ISNA reported on its Persian website.
“24 Frames,” by the late legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), is the final movie from the acclaimed artist which shows the fusion of poetry, painting and photography in moving images.
It shows a series of 23 photos from the artist’s collection taken over 40 years and one painting by Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569), all digitally animated into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignettes, or (as the movie calls it) a frame.
“Zemnako,” a documentary by Mehdi Qorbanpour, is about the poison gas attack on the town of Halabcha in Iran during the 1980-88  Iraqi war with Iran. It tells the story of a young man who learns about the dramatic turns and twists of his life and the horrors of the eight-year-old military conflict between the two neighbors that killed an estimated one million people on both sides.

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