Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Cultural Sector of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Spain, presents the new film “Zanja 143” (2014), directed by Narres Abyar (Teheran, 1970), after the success of the Iranian film series that was screened last year.
Abyar is a young film director representative of the last generations of this unmistakable cinematography that have made the public discover his innovation ability. It consists of those directors who have been able to merge received heritage and the exploration of cinematographic language in a global international context but vindicating local identity. Its narratives concern us for the experimentation of its authors in everyday and domestic fields where drama takes on extreme comlexity just like in life.
Narges Abyar, Persian Literature graduate, is author of many children's books and stories and as a script writer and film director she has made documentaries such as “Kind dead end”, “The end day” and “One day after the 10th day” and several long films. “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” (2005) was her first film, followed by other short films and documentaries.
Her main topic has been the war between Irak and Iran, as it can be seen in “Zanja 143”, a film that was presented at Fajr International Film Festival of Iran in 2014, winning two prizes and later other national awards. He has taken part in several festivals where he has been awarded with other prizes such as the Public Award to the Best Film at the World Cinema Festival de Sydney.
The film “Zanja 143” is the adaptation of the novel “The Third Eye”, written by the director of the film regarding the misfortunes of a mother and her son in the war between Irak and Iran (1980-1988), and the committment of both characters in defence of his country. The author and film director of “Zanja 143” is focused on the decisive role of women in the conflict between both countries: Olfat is the mother who expects news about the disappearance of her son in a military operation
This great narrator shows with this work the great potential of Iranian cinematographic industry that goes beyond borders with universal stories told from individual experiences of its characters. Narges Avyar is part of this increasing number of Iranian women who are film directors, script writers, writers and artists that have been make known in the international scenario, like these figures, whose only mention in the world of cinema evokes their presence and the way they tell stories.
Presentation and discussion:
Narges Abyar, Director of Zanja 143
Alireza Esmaeili, Cultural Adviser of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Zahra Razi, University Complutense of Madrid | UCM
Menene Gras Balaguer, Culture and Exhibition Director of Casa Asia and Director of CAFW.