Iranian Cinema

Why I love Abbas Kiarostami’s Homework

By Nadine Mamoon

More than three decades after it was made, this landmark work defies classification – a portrait of young people caught between warring countries, attempting to have a typical childhood.

Celluloid Underground – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This fascinating and melancholy documentary sees an Iranian exile in London looking back to the stranger-than-fiction roots of his formative cinephelia.

Hit the Road

By Marina Ashioti

A family embarks on a perilous road trip in Iranian director Panah Pahani’s assured, darkly comic debut.

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A Hero

By Adam Solomons

Asghar Farhadi’s exceptional Iran-centred drama is a soulful reflection on the morality of crime.

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Gheisar vs Get Carter: The Iranian precursor to a British crime classic

By Joobin Bekhrad

Before Mike Hodges and Michael Caine, there was Masoud Kimiai and Behrouz Vossoughi.

3 Faces – first look review

By David Jenkins

Movies and stories are everywhere in the beguiling new film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi.


By Amy Bowker

Sahar Dolatshahi shines in this understated Iranian drama about familial obligation.


Under the Shadow

By David Jenkins

This impressive, chilling debut feature brings home-invasion horror to 1980s Tehran.


No words: Abbas Kiarostami RIP

By David Jenkins

One of the giants of world cinema has passed away at the age of 76.

The Salesman – first look review

By David Jenkins

The director of A Separation and The Past heads to the Cannes competition with another intricate domestic drama.

Five award-winning Iranian directors you should know about

By Sarah Jilani

Despite facing severe restrictions Iran’s most important filmmakers continue to give its people a voice.

The Past

By David Jenkins

Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo are on top form in this immaculate study of marital disharmony.

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About Elly

By Phil Concannon

The film that Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi made before A Separation gets a long-awaited UK release.

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A Separation

By Julian White

This is a deceptively powerful movie by one of Iran’s finest directors.

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Certified Copy

By Adam Woodward

For all its poetry and cinematic beauty, Certified Copy offers little gratification.


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