Amid much festivity and fanfare, the six-day Iranian film festival began at the main auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) in the capital on Friday.
Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, inaugurated the festival at a grand opening ceremony as the chief guest.
In celebration of the 39th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Iran Culture Center in Dhaka and the BNM jointly arranged the festival.
With Faizul Latif Chowdhury, director general of the BNM, in the chair, Dr Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi, Iranian ambassador in Dhaka, Prof Dr Yusuf Mahbubul Islam, vice chancellor of Daffodil International University, and Prof Dr Enamul Haque, eminent actor, spoke at the ceremony as the special guests. Seyed Mousa Hosseini, cultural counsellor of Iran Cultural Center delivered welcome speech and Prof Dr Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman Khan presented a keynote paper on the occasion.
In the wake of the opening ceremony, Iranian film Body Guard was screened at the event.
Directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia, the film introduced Bangladeshi audience different aspects of Iranian life and culture.
A huge number of audience flocked in droves to the ceremony witnessed the film that took them Iran for a hour. Bodyguard is about a middle aged man who protects high-ranking political figures in Iran.
However, he gets into trouble when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest approaches the vice president.The film was first shown in the 34th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in 2016. Prominent actors Parviz Parastoui, Merila Zarei, and Babak Hamidian star in the movie produced by Ehsan Muhammad Hasani. The movie bagged three top prizes--Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director award--at the 3rd Vienna Independent Film Festival (VIFF 2017) in Austria last year.
The festival will screen two films-- from 11.00am to 01.00pm and from 03.00pm to 05.00pm-- every day until Wednesday.
Iranian film ‘Sweet Taste of Imagination’ produced by Mohammad-Ali Hossein-Nezhad, and ‘Trik’ by Iraj Ghaderi, dubbed in Bangla, will be screened at the festival on Saturday.
‘Fourth Child’ by Vabid Mosiayan and ‘Earthquake’ by Sirius Alvando, dubbed in Bangla will be screened on Sunday.
‘Crazy Rook’ by Abolhassan Davoodi and Kiumars Poorahmad's latest drama ‘Where are my shoes’ will be screened on Monday.
‘A Cube of Sugar’ by Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi and ‘Golchehreh’ by Vahid Shamsaei, are scheduled for screening on Tuesday.
Two movies ‘Cling Up’ dubbed in Bangla by Golam Hossain and ‘Today’ by Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi will be screened on Wednesday, the closing day of the festival.