Visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines for the 2024 Iranian Film Festival
The Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Cultural Section, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran-Manila, and the UP Film Institute, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Iran and the Philippines, presents the 2024 Iranian Film Festival (IFF 2024) this coming February 6, 2024 at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater) and UPFI Film Center from Feb 7-9, 2024. This event is free and open to the public.
The IFF 2024 will showcase films from Iran to cater to Filipino audiences and foster more understanding to strengthen the Iran-Philippines diplomatic relationship. The film lineup includes The Survivor (Almoutabaki) by Seifollah Dad; The Other One’s Dad (Pedar-e aan digari) by Yadollah Samadi; Gholamreza Takhti by Bahram Tavakoli; Wild Jonquils (Nastaran-Ha-Ye Vahshi) by Rahbar Ghanbari; Bodyguard (Badigard) by Ebrahim Hatamikia; Romanticism of Emad & Tooba (Romantism-e Emad va Tooba) by Kaveh Sabbaghzade; and Villa Dwellers (Vilaieha) by Monir Gheidi.
Opening on February 6 at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez, the IFF 2024 will premiere Seifollah Dad’s The Survivor. This 1995 epic historical drama tackles the story of a Palestinian doctor who lives with his wife and Farahan, his son, in Haifa while facing the Israeli occupation. The Survivor won a special jury prize at the 14th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran and an award for best screenplay at the Non-Aligned Movement Film Festival in Pyonyang.
On February 7, Kaveh Sabbaghzade’s Romanticism of Emad & Tooba and Ebrahim Hatamikia’s Bodyguard will run at the UPFI Film Center. Sabbaghzade’s romantic comedy centers on Emad and Tooba’s destiny as the two meet for the first time and realize love is a skill, not just enthusiasm, beauty, or an itching sensation. The film was selected to screen at the 2022 Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) in Russia.
Bodyguard, by critically acclaimed Iranian war cinema director Ebrahim Hatamikia, is an action thriller about a government bodyguard who protects a politician from a suicide bomber and then begins to question his dedication to his job. Bodyguard premiered at the 34th Fajr International Film Festival and won best director and art direction at the 2nd Vienna Independent Film Festival.