EARTHLY SONGS: EBRAHIM GOLESTAN ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY
Art and poetry were probably already in Ebrahim Golestan's cradle when he saw the light of day in 1922 in Shiraz, home of Hafiz and Saadi, Iran's most famous poets and mystics active in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the course of his now century-old life, however, he not only made a name for himself as a writer and translator of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, but also influenced generations of filmmakers in his home country with his work as a director and producer. In this country, Golestan's documentary works and feature films are hardly known. On the occasion of the premiere of Mitra Farahani's A VENDREDI, ROBINSON we present his most important films in restored versions.
Our great thanks go to Ehsan Khoshbakht, who is responsible for the program, as well as to Mitra Farahani for rediscovering these treasures of film history. Like messages from a message in a bottle, they remind us of undreamed-of conditions of creative freedom.
With great thanks to the Cineteca di Bologna for making this program possible. In the presence of Ehsan Khoshbakht (curator).