"Tales" (Ghesseha)

What will lighten our dark night? An untimely love?!

Director& Producer: Rakhshan Banietemad
Screenplay: R. Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Production Designer: Amir Esbati
Director of Photography: Koohyar Kalari
Sound Recorder: Yadollah Najafi
Sound Mix: Amirhossein Ghassemi
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Music: Siamak Kalantari
Make-Up Designer: Mehrdad Mirkiani
Production Manager: Nava Rohani
Executive Producer: Kanoon Iran Novin
Cast
: Golab Adineh, Saber Abar, Farhad Aslani, Foojan Arefpoor, Bahareh Daneshgar, Mohammadreza Forootan, Shahrokh Forootanian, Babak Hamidian, Mehdi Hashemi, Negar Javaherian, Baran Kosari, Fatemeh Motamedaria, Peiman Moadi, Hassan Majooni, Habib Rezaei, Atefeh Razavi, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Khosro Shahraz, Rima Raminfar
Color, D-Cinema, 16:9, 88 min, 2014, Iran

 

 

 


"Tales" is the story of world's men and women's lives that always have to fight for getting their rights: filmmakers, workers, intellectuals, state employees, social workers, etc.
Will the light of love and hope lighten their lives?



 

DIRECTOR’S VIEW

After three decades of filmmaking the characters of my documentary and feature films are still alive to me and I live with them. “Tales” is returning to the characters of my previous films under today’s circumstances. Even though “Tales” is a complete independent version, but for me and the people who have seen my previous movies, is a review of the people’s fate and social conditions over the past three decades.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Rakhshan Banietemad was born in Tehran in 1954. After studying at the University of Dramatic Arts in Iran, she made several documentaries for Iranian television. In 1987, she directed her first feature film "Off Limits", and in 1991 she became the first woman recipient of the best director award at Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran for "Nargess". In 1995 she won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "The Blue Veiled". Her next film "Under the Skin of the City" was the highest grossing film in Iran in 2000 and garnered major awards at Moscow, Turin, Karlovy Vary and Seattle film festivals. Then she made "Gilaneh" in 2005 which was more than 49 festivals including Tribeca, Toronto, Pusan … and won many awards.
Banietemad's previous features, "Mainline", also won numerous domestic awards together with the best director award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from London University. Most recently, Banietemad was awarded the 2010 Prix Henri Langlois from the Vincennes International Film Festival. She is the most popular director among Iranians.

FILMOGRAPHY

Feature

  • Off the Limits
  • Canary Yellow
  • Foreign Currency
  • Nargess
  • The Blue Veiled
  • The May Lady
  • Baran and the Native (part of the feature film Kish)
  • Under the Skin of the City
  • Gilaneh
  • Mainline
  • Tales

Documentary

  • The Culture of Consumption
  • Occupation of Migrant Peasants in the City
  • The War Economic Planning
  • Centralization
  • The 1992 Report
  • Spring to Spring
  • To Whom Do You Show These Films?
  • The Last Visit with Iran Daftari
  • Under the Skin of the City
  • Our Times…
  • Persian Carpet (segment)
  • Angels of the House of Sun
  • We Are Half of Iran's Population
  • I’ll see you Tomorrow Elina
  • Kahrizak 4 Views

 

  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2014

 

  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 2002
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2012

 

  • Venice Venice Int’l Film Festival (27Aug.-6 Sep 2014/ Italy)- Competition- Wins the Award  for Best Screenplay
  • Toronto Int’l Film Festival (5-15 Sep.2014/ Canada)
  • Film Fest Hamburg GMBH (25 Sep-4 Oct.2014/Germany)
  • Vancouver Int’l F.F. (25 Sep. - 10Oct. 2014/Canada)
  • Festival DO RIO (24 Sep.- 8Oct. 2014/Brazil)
  • Busan Int’l Film Festival (2-11Oct.2014/ South Korea)- Window on Asian
  • BFI London Film Festival (8-19 Oct.2014/ UK)
  • Viennale – Vienna Int’l Film Festival (23Oct.-6Nov.2014/Austria)
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival (23Oct.- 1Nov.2014/UAE)
  • Thessaloniki Int’l Film Festival (31Oct- 9Nov.2014/ Greece)- Horizons
  • Stockholm Int’l Film Festival (5-16 Nov.2014/ Sweden)- Asian Images
  • Kolkata Int’l F.F. (10-17 Nov.2014/India) Competition- Winner of the award for best Film(Golden Royal Bengal Trophy)
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (14-30Nov.2014/Estonia)
  • Cultural Resistance Int’l F.F. of Lebanon (12-17 Nov.2014/ Lebanon)
  • Int’l Film Festival of India, Goa (20-30Nov.2014/ India)
  • Gijon Int’l Film Festival (21-29Nov.2014/Spain)
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (11Dec.2014/ Australia) - Winner of  the Award for Jury
  • Bengaluru Int’l Film Festival (4-11 Dec.2014/India)
  • Chennai Int’l Film Festival (18-25 Dec.2014/India)
  • Lincoln Film  Center Fim Comment selection (Feb 20 & 22 /New York)
  • Belgrade International Film Festival (Feb 27-  March 8 2015/Serbia)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (Feb 28- March 1, 2015/USA)- Winner of the Audience Award
  • Center for Asian American Media (CAAMFest)(March 12- 22, 2015/ San Francisco CA)
  • Int’l Filmmor Women’s Film Festival On Wheels (March 13-22, 2015/Turkey )
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (March 21-28 2015/Italy)
  • Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival Society (March 23- April 6 2015/Hong Kong)
  • Italy Embassy in Singapore (8-13 April 2015/ Singapore)
  • Minneapolis St Paul Int’l Film Festival (April 9-25 ,2015/US)
  • Washington DC Int’l Film Fest. (16-26 April 2015/ US)
  • Ankara Int’l Film Festival (23rd April to 3rd May,2015/ Turkey)UCLA (26 April 2015/ US)
  • Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (May 8-18, 2015 in Ankara / Turkey)
  • Bildrausch- Film Fest.  BASEL (May 27-31 2015/Switzerland )
  • Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival (June 3-7 2015/ Slovenia)
  • Shanghai Int’l FF (13 – 21 June 2015 / China)
  • Sydney  Film Festival (June 3-14 2015/ Australia)
  • Cine Club the Persia (24 June 2015 / Switzerland)
  • Melbourne Int’l Film Festival (16 – 26 July 2015/Australia)
  • Funf Seen Filmfestival (29 July – 9 Aug. 2015 / Germany)
  • Sakhalin Int’l FF (21 – 28 Aug. 2015 / Russia)
  • Museo Nazionale del Cinema (2 – 27 Oct. 2015 / Italy)
  • Taiwan Women Int’l FF (9 – 18 Oct. 2015 / Taiwan)
  • Adelaide Int’l F.F. (15 – 25 Oct. 2015 / Australia)
  • IFF Colombo in Sri Lanka (Nov. 6-11, 2015 / Sri Lanka)
  • Ljubljana Int’l FF (11 – 22 Nov. 2015 / Slovenia)
  • National Gallery of Art of Washington DC (2 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (22 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • Museum of fine Arts, Boston (22&23 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • French Cinematographers Association (6 – 10 Feb. 2016 / France)
  • The Royal Film Commission (10 – 14 Feb. 2016 / Jordan)
  • Arsenal – Institut fur Film und Videokunst (May 2016 / Germany)
  • Global Film Festival (29 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2016 / USA)
  • From de Images (17 – 26 Nov. 2016 / France)
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (18 Nov. 2016 / USA)

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