Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Jafar Panahi interviewed on Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica

Today Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica published articles about The Accordion, a short movie by Jafar Panahi that will be presented tomorrow at Venice Days 2010.
The interviews are available at:

Monday, 30 August 2010

ART for The World and VENICE DAYS express solidarity with Jafar Panahi


Press release

Venice Days and the NGO ART for The World – producer  of the  film THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences on the art.18 of the UDHR (freedom of expression) which includes Jafar Panahi’s The Accordion – together express their total solidarity for the Iranian director’s freedom to accompany his film to the opening of Venice Days 2010 on September 1.

Panahi today said once again that he trusts he will be able to come to Venice, 10 years after winning the Golden Lion that consolidated his international success, for The Circle. “My new short film,” he says, “is an auspice for tolerance and the capacity for comprehension.”

According to Giorgio Gosetti, delegate general of Venice Days: “We believed from the onset in The Accordion, and thanks to the commitment of Adelina von Fürstenberg, President of ART for The World, we were able to include its world premiere in our inaugural program of September 1, and feel it is the best possible recognition of the artistic value of his new work. We still hope to receive good news in the upcoming days and to welcome Panahi at Venice, a natural place for artists to express themselves.”

Shot in the Teheran bazaar last winter, The Accordion will be brought to Venice by the Iranian director Mazdak Taebi, who shared with Panahi this extraordinary creative and cinematic adventure. 

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Jafar Panahi’s new film makes its World Premiere at the Venice Days



THE ACCORDION by Jafar Panahi

Produced by ART for The World
Co-produced by Dorje Film (Rome)
In partnership with SESC Sao Paulo and ARTE France
With the support of the Cultural Department of the City of Geneva (Switzerland) and the Region Emilia Romagna, Cineteca di BolognaSolares Fondazione delle Arti, Parma (Italy)

Jafar Panahi has been invited to open the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival with the World Premiere of his latest short movie  
The Accordion. The screening will take place on September 1st 
at the Venice Lido's Palazzo del Cinema.

The Accordion - produced by ART for The World and shot in Tehran -  is focused on two young street musicians who play the accordion and the tablas in order to earn their living. One day, while they are playing next to a mosque, their accordion is taken away from them due to an accident… 
This brief and forceful tale, dealing with the theme of Non-Violence, portrays the Iranian director's entire artistic world and is a metaphor for the new generations who, led by understanding, prefer solidarity over conflicts. 

On September 2nd a special pannel with Jafar Panahi and his friend, the Iranian actor and filmmaker Mazdak Taebi shall take place on the topics treated in his work, with the participation of international media, as well as a Masterclass with young cinephiles from all EU countries.

The Accordion is part of our collective film production THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences. The project - based on the article 18 of the UDHR  "Everybody has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion" - aims to showcase shared beliefs and peaceful coexistence among the world major religions. Initiated by UN's Alliance of Civilizations and under the patronage of the Council of Europe, the long feature will bring together approx. 15 short-movies by renowned filmmakers and will be presented at the Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, in early March 2011.

The Accordion will be also presented at the Montreal World Film Festival on September 4th, at the occasion of the director's retrospective.