Iran is renowned for producing some of the most splendid and cerebral films in the world, but there are few opportunities to see them in the United States. With this in mind, film curators from the MFA, the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, work together to curate this compelling annual festival offering a range of perspectives by contemporary Iranian filmmakers. This year’s lineup includes Narges Abyar’s Breath, which is Iran’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, an artfully animated film that tells the interlocking stories of four residents of the Iranian metropolis.

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In This Series

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Film

Cancelled: Simulation
January 4, 2018
8:00 pm9:30 pm

CANCELLED

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Film

Blockage
January 5, 2018
6:00 pm7:30 pm

Blockage (Sad-e Mabar) directed by Mohsen Gharaei (Iran, 2017, 90 min.). Digital.

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Film

Blockage
January 6, 2018
1:30 pm3:05 pm

Directed by Mohsen Gharaei (Iran, 2017, 90 min.). Digital.

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Film

Simulation
January 6, 2018
3:30 pm5:00 pm

Directed by Abed Abest (2017, 84 min.). Digital.

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Film

Disappearance
January 7, 2018
1:00 pm2:35 pm

Directed by Ali Asgari (2017, 89 min.). Digital.

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Film

Breath
January 7, 2018
3:00 pm5:00 pm

Directed by Narges Abyar (2017, 112 min.). Digital.

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Film

Negar
January 10, 2018
5:30 pm7:15 pm

Directed by Janvan Rambod (2017, 110 min.). Digital.

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Film

Disappearance
January 10, 2018
8:00 pm9:35 pm

Directed by Ali Asgari (2017, 89 min.). Digital.

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Film

Breath
January 11, 2018
5:30 pm7:30 pm

Directed by Narges Abyar (2017, 112 min.). Digital.

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Film

Tehran Taboo
January 11, 2018
8:00 pm9:35 pm

Directed by Ali Soozandeh (2017, 90 min.). Digital.

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Film

Tehran Taboo
January 12, 2018
6:00 pm7:35 pm

Directed by Ali Soozandeh (2017, 90 min.). Digital.

Film

When God Sleeps
January 13, 2018
1:30 pm3:00 pm

Directed by Till Schauder (2017, 88 min.). Digital.

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The Boston Festival of Films from Iran is supported by the ILEX Foundation with assistance from Olga Davidson and Niloo Fotouhi.