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Persian Arthouse Festival

Programme: Friday, 3 May – 7.00pmBashu, the little stranger by Bahram Beyzai; Saturday, 4 May – 2.00pm – The Runner by Amir Naderi; Saturday, 4 May – 7.00pm – Where is the friend’s house by Abbas Kiarostami; Sunday, 5 May – 2.00pm – Breath by Narges Abyar.

The inaugural edition of Persian Arthouse Festival, is themed around Childhood. Each film will be introduced by Dr Hadi Nojoumian and will conclude with a discussion featuring distinguished local personalities. Delicious traditional Iranian snacks will be available for purchase at each showing.

Over the past five decades, Iranian cinema has garnered significant interest within the global arts community, distinguished by its unique realist approach and profound use of symbolism, reminiscent at times of the revival of Italian neorealism. Notably, films directed by luminaries such as Abbas Kiarostami, Asghar Farhadi, Jafar Panahi, and Mohamad Rasoulof have earned worldwide recognition from major film festivals and critics, a testament to their universal appeal and significant contribution to the cinematic landscape. The Persian Arthouse Festival seeks to introduce the finest of Iranian art cinema to the New England audience. This cinema transcends entertainment and commercial success, aiming instead to enrich our understanding of humanity and its myriad conditions. Though deeply rooted in the stories of Iran and its people, its messages resonate universally, touching audiences across the globe.

Donation to Playhouse would be appreciated. Seat reservation through Trybooking is essential.


May 3
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Armidale Playhouse
309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street)
ARMIDALE, NSW 2350 Australia
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