Academy Award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film ‘The Past’ will be screened at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival.
Farhadi’s recently produced film, ‘The Past’ (Le Passé) is his sixth directorial experience that will be premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Named among the top 100 most anticipated films of 2013, the movie is scheduled to hit French movie theaters from May, according to Press TV.
Farhadi’s immigrant romantic drama depicts the story of an Iranian girl and a boy of North African origin.
The Artist’s Argentine-French actress Bérénice Bejo who replaced former candidate Marion Cotillard along with the French actor of Algerian origin, Tahar Rahim and the acclaimed Iranian actor Ali Mosaffa star in the movie.
‘The Past’ is Farhadi’s first filmmaking experience in a foreign country that was shot in the French capital, Paris.
Australian film director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Great Gatsby’ is programmed to open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’, Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’, Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’ and Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ are among the movies that will be screened at the event.
American director and producer Steven Spielberg has been invited to head up the jury of this year’s festival.
The 66th Cannes International Film Festival is to be held from May 15 to 26, 2013.
Book Nominated for German Book Design Awards
The Iranian book ‘The One Involved With Love’ is among the nominations for the Best Book Design awards in Germany.
Germany’s Stiftung Buchkunst (Foundation for Book Art) is the organizer of the competition, which is held in Leipzig.
A jury composed of international design and publishing professionals will select the grand prize winner and the runners up who will receive honorable mention, during a ceremony on March 15, Mehr News Agency wrote.
“The One Involved With Love” narrates the life of a girl named Sabureh who dedicated her life to nursing war veterans of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88 who are kept in a sanatorium in Mashhad.
Written by Maryam Basiri, the book was released by the Asr-e Dastan Publications in 2012 in Iran.
Books in all fields are allowed to be submitted to the publishing company.
All submissions will be put on display in exhibitions at the Leipzig Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and many other popular national shows around Europe.
After the exhibitions, the submissions will be kept in a special collection at the German National Library in Frankfurt.
‘Doors of Khomein’ On Show
A painting from a collection entitled ‘The Doors of Khomein’ has been purchased by the Imam Khomeini Museum in Tehran and is on show at Shokouh Gallery.
The painting portraying the door of the house in which the Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, spent his childhood.
‘The Doors of Khomein’, which has been created by the Iranian painter Behnoush Forutan, is composed of works representing doors of a number of historical and vintage houses in the town of Khomein, the birthplace of Imam Khomeini in Central Province, Mehr News Agency said.
The artwork is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Shokouh Gallery. Works by other Iranian artists have also been showcased at the exhibit entitled “A Narration of 100 Years of Classic and Modern Iranian Art”.
‘The Doors of Khomein’ is a photo-realistic collection, which features a nostalgic reflection of traditional Iranian architecture and cultural values.
The Imam Khomeini Museum is located at Milad Tower. The museum was established by the Institute for the Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works.
8th Fiction Themed on Chekhov
The 8th Fiction monthly has been released featuring short stories as well as writings about Anton Chekhov.
The journal holds interviews conducted with Seyyed Akbar Mir Jafari, Hamid Reza Azarang as well as Mohammad Ali Bashe Ahangar, IBNA reported.
The monthly also holds writings about the stance of satire in contemporary fiction writing, fiction writing, the function of short and simple stories in animation and cinematic adaptations of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘White Nights’.
A writing about Anton Chekhov as well as stories of Sadeq Karamyar, Nadieh Al-motmi, Masoumeh Kowsari, A’la Alasvani and Reza Ebrahimi are also included in the book as well.
The new issue of ‘Fiction’ has been released in 132 pages by Iranian Fiction Foundation.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong to Hold Asian Art Sale
Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold its Contemporary Asian Art Spring Sale 2013 on April 5 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, following the sale of private collection of You Are Not Alone--Yoshitomo Nara Works from the Kurokochi Collection and In Transition--The Didier Hirsch Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art from The 1990s, presenting 110 lots of meticulously selected contemporary Asian works.
Estimated to fetch in excess of HK$140 million / US$13.3 million, the auction this season underlines works of great historical importance by prominent contemporary Chinese artists, such as Fang Lijun, Liu Wei (b. 1965), Liu Ye and Zeng Fanzhi. Young Chinese artists including Jia Aili and Liu Wei (b.1972) along with a series of Pumpkin works by contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, will also be offered.
The Hong Kong Artists Section will showcase Hong Kong creative forces and their works under the influence of urbanization, globalization and the intersection of Chinese and Western culture. Evelyn Lin, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Asian Art, said, “We are honored to present a group of important contemporary Asian works, including Chinese artist Fang Lijun’s important 1990-1991 painting--Series 1, No. 4, worthy for their scholarly and collecting value to commemorate Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary in Asia.
Sotheby’s exceptionally curated Contemporary Asian Art auctions have been well received by collectors, which strengthen our forerunning status in the region. This season, we continue to introduce special sections devoted to recent works by emerging mainland Chinese and Hong Kong artists--while the former show the transformation of contemporary Chinese artists through a period of rapid changes, with their focus shifting from political symbolism and social issues to subjective and personal feelings, the latter further signify Sotheby’s commitment to bringing Hong Kong art to the auction realm, following the 100 percent-sold special section in our Autumn 2012 Sale. Both sections serve to cater to collector’s eclectic taste.”
Ancient Chinese Coin Found
A joint expedition of scientists led by Chapurukha M. Kusimba of The Field Museum and Sloan R. Williams of the University of Illinois at Chicago has unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda that shows trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world.
The coin, a small disk of copper and silver with a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt, is called “Yongle Tongbao” and was issued by Emperor Yongle who reigned from 1403-1425AD during the Ming Dynasty, ArtDaily said.
The emperor’s name is written on the coin, making it easy to date. Emperor Yongle, who started construction of China’s Forbidden City, was interested in political and trade missions to the lands that ring the Indian Ocean and sent Admiral Zheng He, also known as Cheng Ho, to explore those shores. “Zheng He was, in many ways, the Christopher Columbus of China,” said Dr. Kusimba, Curator of African Anthropology at The Field Museum.
“It’s wonderful to have a coin that may ultimately prove he came to Kenya,” he added. Dr. Kusimba continued, “This finding is significant. We know Africa has always been connected to the rest of the world, but this coin opens a discussion about the relationship between China and Indian Ocean nations.”
That relationship stopped soon after Emperor Yongle’s death when later Chinese rulers banned foreign expeditions, allowing European explorers to dominate the Age of Discovery and expand their countries’ empires.
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