Noor Iranian Film Festival comes to Florida

Iranian-American filmmakers are making their way to Daytona Beach to showcase their work in a four-day festival, which focuses on the importance of light (“noor” in Persian) in the art of filmmaking to share key elements of Iranian culture.

The opening reception and dinner for the film festival begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the Southeast Museum of Photography (1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Building 1200) with a special appearance by actor Navid Negahban (HomelandThe Stoning of Soraya M). The German-French film Chicken With Plums (Poulet aux Prunes) screens at 8 p.m. ($35 for party and screening; $5 for screening only).

If you’ve seen Amelie, you might dig the silly storytelling style of the narrator as he gives viewers an intimate look at one man’s struggle with imagining the many ways he can die. Shooting himself would leave a mess, suffocation would be weird, and how melodramatic would throwing yourself across train tracks be?

At indie theater Cinematique of Daytona (242 S. Beach St.), see Filly Brown, The Muslims Are Coming, and various short films on Saturday, Feb. 15. Sunday, check out My Stolen RevolutionPlastic Flowers Never Die, Chicken With Plums,Survivor From Magadan and Targeting Iran.

These films are available to the public at the Southeast Museum of Photography on Feb. 17-18, too, so there are plenty of opportunities for viewers to pick and choose. If you’d rather stay close to home, let the Noor come to you! An encore presentation of Chicken With Plumsmakes its way to Rollins College in Winter Park at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

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Published as an Orlando Weekly blog.

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