An Iranian film festival will kick off here Sunday aiming at promoting Iranian art and culture in the country.
Cultural Attache at Iran's Embassy in Kuwait Dr. Abbas Khamayar said that the Iranian cinema has been able to win many international awards in the past three decades, noting that the history of cinema in Iran goes back to 1904.
He added that the four-day film festival will focus on the development of film making in Iran, pointing out that the last day of the festival will hold discussion on Iranians filmmakers methodologies and approaches to the art of filmmaking.
The event will be opened by playing "The Willow Tree" by Iranian director Majid Majidi. The film is about a blind man who is presented with an opportunity to regain his sight after over 40 years of total blindness.
On the following day, Iranian history-drama feature film '"Maritime Silk Road", directed by Mohammad Reza Bozorgnia, will be screened. The film was awarded at the 2014 International Historical and Military Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland. The movie follows the adventures of the first sailor Soleiman Siraf who crossed the Indian Ocean to China through what later became to be known as the Maritime Silk Road.
On the 3rd and 4th day "The Painting Pool" directed by Maziar Miri and "A Cradle for Mother" by Panah Bar Khoda Rezaei are planned to be screened.
"The Painting Pool" narrates a story about a mentally retarded couple and their problems in the society of Iran. The film has been screened at several international events and has bagged many awards inducing the UNESCO prize at the seventh Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
"A Cradle for Mother" screens the life of a seminary girl student who is headed to Moscow to promote religion but her mother's illness placed her in a dilemma. The film represented Iran's cinema at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival.