35th Fajr Film Festival poster

Fajr Film Festival poster featuring Ali Hatami unveiled

ifilm– The poster of the 35th Fajr Film Festival has been unveiled, featuring late Iranian director Ali Hatami.

The poster was revealed during a ceremony attended by late director’s family and a number of prominent artists and on Sunday January 22.

Leila Hatami (Ali Hatami’s daughter), Zahra Hatami (Ali Hatami’s wife), Ali Mosaffa, Mohammad Ali Keshavaz, Pouran Derakhshandeh, Mohammad Reza Sharifinia were among the guests.

Ali Hatami was born in 1944 in Tehran and his love of playwriting took him to the theaters in Lalehzar where he developed an interest in directing plays with folkloric and Iranian themes.

His first play ‘Deeb’ (Demon) went on stage in 1965.

He has made a number of movies, including ‘Kamal-ol-Molk’ (1983), ‘Jafar Khan Returns from Abroad’ (1987), ‘Mother’ (1989), ‘The Devoted’ (1991), and ‘Takhti, the World Champion’ (1994-1996) which he did not complete.

Hatami also directed the memorable series ‘Hezar Dastan’ (1979-1987).

His daughter Leila Hatami is an eminent Iranian actress who married a famous Iranian actor Ali Mosaffa.

Hatami passed away after a long period of illness while he was directing ‘Takhti, the World Champion’.

Fajr Festivals are annually held in Iran during the Fajr Decade (literally meaning ten days of dawn) which marks the anniversary of the ten days from the return of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, to Iran (February 1) until the victory day of the Islamic Revolution (February 11) in 1979.

Established in 1982, Fajr Film Festival is an event that celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to local and international films.

Since its establishment, Fajr Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of the Iranian Cinema.

Supervised by Iran’s Ministry of Culture, the festival hosts veteran directors and new filmmakers from Iran and across the world every year.

The 35th Fajr Film Festival will be held in February 2017.