SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins

Journey Through Iranian Cinema with Mark Cousins

Date: 31 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 31 October 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT (G2)

Type of Event: Film

In 2011, Irish author, filmmaker, and former director of Edinburgh Film Festival, Mark Cousins, ended his cinematic odyssey with the release of the 15 hour long compilation documentary The Story of Film. For this epic project, Mark traveled the world to learn more about the films of renowned directors such as Youssef Chahine, John Ford, Abbas Kiarostami and Ritwik Ghatak and to experience firsthand the settings of their master works. While in Iran, Mark made two tribute documentaries on Iranian cinema On the Road with Kiarostami and Cinema Iran.

In A Journey Through Iranian Cinema With Mark Cousins, Iranian filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht catches up with Mark during the English tour of The Story of Film. Mark explores the impact of the films of Forough Farrokhzad, Abbas Kiarostami and the Makhmalbaf(s) have had on his life as a filmmaker and film lover, as he reminisces about the two trips he made from Scotland to Iran in his campervan. Mark also offers fascinating insights on modern Iran, a country whose rich culture and vast history are often overshadowed by the day-to-day fluctuations in modern-day politics.

Ehsan Khoshbakht is an Iranian architect who writes about film and jazz and programme films from the Middle East for Levant TV. He is the author of Celluloid Architecture and co-author of the first encyclopedia of film directors in Farsi.

Followed by a Q&A with the director Ehsan Khoshbakht and Mark Cousins (via Skype). Chaired by Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad, SOAS.

Tickets: £2 on the door

Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies

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