This year marks the 25th anniversary of this festival, established by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Rice Cinema. Screenings will take place at both venues and at The Asia Society Texas Center. Following last year’s screening of Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this year’s selections include Breath, Iran’s 2017 Oscar submission. It is one of several narratives by and about young Iranian women, and, like Tehran Taboo, features the innovative use of animation. 24 Frames, the mesmerizing, experimental last film by the internationally celebrated Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) will be shown at both the Museum and Rice Cinema.
The film scholar, Dr. Hamid Naficy, Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University, gives a lecture at Rice Cinema on January 31. Dr. Naficy was on the Rice faculty when this festival was founded
Festival ticket prices apply! General admission is $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID receive $2 discount.
Generous funding provided by the ILEX Foundation.