This year marks the 25th anniversary of this festival, established by the MFAH and Rice Cinema. Screenings take place at both venues, in addition to a showing of Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming at Asia Society Texas Center on January 21.
Following last year’s screening of Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this year’s selections include Breath, Iran’s 2017 Oscar submission. It is one of several narratives by and about young Iranian women, and, like Tehran Taboo, features the innovative use of animation. 24 Frames, the mesmerizing, experimental last film by the internationally celebrated Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016) screens at both the Museum and Rice Cinema.
Film scholar Hamid Naficy, the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Professor in Communication and professor of radio/television/film at Northwestern University, gives a lecture at Rice Cinema on January 31. Naficy was on the Rice University faculty when this festival was founded!
Festival ticket prices apply! General admission is $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID receive a $2 discount.