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Int’l festivals to screen Iranian films Sunday, 31 August, 2008

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Press TV – Int’l festivals to screen Iranian films.

Two award-winning feature-length Iranian films are scheduled to be screened at international film festivals in Europe and Africa.

Asqar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday will participate in the Carthage International Film festival, to be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2008, in Tunisia.

Fireworks Wednesday has received numerous international awards including the 2006 Best Director award at India’s Kerala International Film Festival and the 2007 Best Feature award of Las Palmas International Film Festival.

Saman Salour’s From the Land of Silence will be screened at Germany’s Around the World in 14 Films, to be held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, 2008.

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ran to compile Shahnameh encyclopedia Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran to compile Shahnameh encyclopedia.

Iran is compiling the world’s first Shahnameh encyclopedia in a bid to facilitate academic research into the Persian epic masterpiece.

Iranian scholars and literary figures such as Hassan Anousheh, Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi, Fereidoun Joneidi and Jalal Khaleqi Motlaq will participate in the project.

A team of Iranian and international scholars will contribute to the project in different fields including history, geography, culture and civilization, medicine, astronomy and astrology, architecture and music.

The encyclopedia will discuss the cultural and historical impacts of a number of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries which were part of Iran when Shahnameh was written.

Written by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi, Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) is a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran’s mythical and historical past.

The book is unique as it was written when Arabic was the main scientific and literary language of Iran.

‘Lost towns’ discovered in Amazon Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Lost towns’ discovered in Amazon.

Trench over a defensive ditch (Science)

The settlements show an advanced level of planning

A remote area of the Amazon river basin was once home to densely populated towns, Science journal reports.

The Upper Xingu, in west Brazil, was once thought to be virgin forest, but in fact shows traces of extensive human activity.

Researchers found evidence of a grid-like pattern of settlements connected by road networks and arranged around large central plazas.

There are signs of farming, wetland management, and possibly fish farms.

The settlements are now almost completely overgrown by rainforest.

The ancient urban communities date back to before the first Europeans set foot in the Upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon in the 15th Century.

Urban planning (more…)

Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel.

Deputy Head of IRIB, Mohammad Sarafraz

The Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says Iran is planning to launch a TV channel to broadcast movies with Arabic subtitles.

Mohammad Sarafraz, the head of IRIB’s World Service said the plan to launch the TV channel is going through the process of ratification.

“Many people in the Middle East are willing to watch films and TV series free from violence and corruption typical of American movies,” he said on Wednesday.

The Iranian official noted that no name has been chosen for the Arabic-language TV channel yet, adding that it would only be broadcast in the Middle East region.

Pitt and Clooney at Venice debut Friday, 29 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Pitt and Clooney at Venice debut.

George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Venice

Clooney and Pitt were on the red carpet for the premiere

The Venice Film Festival has opened with the premiere of the Coen brothers’ dark comedy Burn After Reading.

The film, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, is showing out of the competition at the annual event.

Before the screening, the stars posed good-naturedly for pictures and signed autograph books for fans lining up along the red carpet.

There are 21 movies competing for the coveted Golden Lion this year, with entries from Ethiopia and Turkey.

The festival continues with a fly-on -the-wall film about fashion designer Valentino Garavani – billed as a glimpse into a world of bygone glamour.

The movie was directed and produced by special correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, Matt Tyrnauer. (more…)

Italians to help restore Cyrus tomb Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – Italians to help restore Cyrus tomb.

Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae, Iran

A team of Italian experts is to conduct a restoration project at the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae in Iran’s Fars Province.

The team, which has also collaborated with Iranian archeologists in documenting the structures of Bam city, will arrive in the country after Iranian cultural heritage officials send them the details of the project in August 2008.

“Italian experts will arrive in September 2008 to restore the site and its museum collections,” said head of Iran’s Office for Global Heritage, affiliated to ICHTO, Abdolrasoul Vatandoust.

Archeologists are concerned that the tomb of Cyrus the Great is threatened by moisture from the nearby Sivand dam.

As the founder of the Achaemenid dynasty, Cyrus the Great is remembered for his tolerance, his noble attitude toward all conquered nations and his declaration of the first Human Rights Charter.

US filmfest awards Iran’s Jani Gal Sunday, 24 August, 2008

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Press TV – US filmfest awards Iran’s Jani Gal.

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 13:04:46 GMT

Iranian director Jamil Rostami’s Jani Gal has won the Columbine Award of the Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

The event’s Columbine Award goes to works, which reflect non-violent conflict resolution and alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive.

Shot in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah, Jani Gal depicts the cultural and political situation of Iraq during the 1940s and 50s.

Rostami’s Kurdish-language feature-length drama, which was based on a novel by Ibrahim Ahmed, was selected to represent Iraq in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2007 Academy Awards.

Jamil Rostami is an Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish origin, who has made numerous internationally acclaimed films including Requiem of Snow.

Iran’s Butterflies Die in Snow directed by Karim Azimi is also among the festival’s short film finalists.

The 2008 Moondance International Film Festival will be held from August 29 to September 1. The organizers have announced the winners prior to the awards ceremony, which will be held on Aug. 31st.

Iranian filmmaker awarded Order of Merit Friday, 22 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iranian filmmaker awarded Order of Merit.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:23:18 GMT

Iranian filmmaker, Khosrow Sinai

Veteran Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai is awarded Poland’s Order of Merit medal bestowed upon him by President Lech Kaczynski.

Sinai was honored for his 1982 documentary ‘The Lost Requiem‘, along with five Iranian citizens of Polish descent, Fatemeh Fazelishahir, Maria Bajdan, Fatemeh Wandeh Vashi, Eleonora Barska and Helena Stelmach, who were awarded the Siberian Cross.

The Lost Requiem is the story of hundreds of thousands of Poles, who arrived in Iran after being released from Siberia’s Soviet labor camps in 1942.

Sinai is known for his internationally-acclaimed documentaries such as On the Borderline, Diaries of a Journey, A journey to the History and The Old Metropolis.

Poland’s medal of the Order of Merit is a five-armed red and white cross emblazoned with a Polish eagle and suspended from a dark blue ribbon.