Ashkan Nematian

FILMMAKER AND MEDIA ARTIST

NEWS

Ashkan Nematian is a jury member at the 50th edition of the Festival of Nations.

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS           21. – 26. SEPTEMBER 2022  AUSTRIA

MY PERFECT BIRTHDAY a film by Parisa Ghasemi

Director and Script
PARISA GHASEMI

DOP and Editing
ASHKAN NEMATIAN

Production Sound Mixer
AXEL BRÄUER

Actor/Actress
KATHARINA FARNLEITNER
MARGARETE VOGGENEDER
JAKOB KENT
LISA-MARIA WAGNER
MATHIAS PENEDER

Producer
ASHKAN NEMATIAN

We are honored to celebrate the premiere of LOOTEYO the first feature film by Ashkan Nematian at Crossing Europe Film Festival 2022.

LOOTEYO
Ashkan Nematian, Austria/Iran 2022, 84 min, Farsi/Persian, OmeU
Fr. 29.4. 19:45 Ursulinensaal, Linz, Austria

Der elfjährige Mansour lebt auf einer Insel im Persischen Golf. Ein halbes Jahr nach der Ermordung seines Vaters kämpft die nun alleinerziehende Mutter immer noch um die Lösung des Falles und finanzielle Unterstützung. Sie möchte ein Café auf der Insel eröffnen, um den Lebensunterhalt für sich und ihre Kinder bestreiten zu können. Mansour versucht heimlich, Geld für seine Mutter zu sammeln, indem er Tourist*innen spazieren fährt und allerhand dubiose Dienste anbietet. Die in vielen langen Kameraeinstellungen und ausdrucksstarken Bildern erzählte Geschichte eines persönlichen Schicksals, das stellvertretend für viele weitere in dieser Region steht. (Ines Ingerle)

Eleven-year-old Mansour lives on an island in the Persian Gulf. Six months after his father was murdered, his now single mother is still struggling to solve the case and to get financial support. She wants to open a café on the island to support herself and her children. Mansour secretly tries to raise money for his mother by driving tourists around and offering all kinds of dubious services. Told in many long camera shots and expressive images, this story of a personal fate is representative of many others in this region. (Ines Ingerle)

 

We are very pleased to announce that our new film LOOTEYO has been selected by the jury of sixpackfilm for international distribution.

While Mansour (Mansour Daryanavard) is happily playing soccer on the beach, his father falls victim to gunfire between drug dealers and the water police, shot dead by a stray bullet. From then on, the enterprising lad takes on responsibility for his mother. Her dream is to open a café on the Iranian island of Hormuz, where she and her son lead a modest existence. Mansour tries his hand at being a tourist guide, using his cycle rickshaw to ferry bored city dwellers through the handsome rocky landscapes of his home island. When someone asks him to do a one-off courier job, he senses an opportunity for big money. He is hardly aware of the dangers involved in this scheme.

In Looteyo, the laudable feature film debut of Iranian-born Ashkan Nematian, the tradition of Abbas Kiarostami’s early work is carried on under different auspices. Mansour’s resolute resourcefulness, driven by hope for a better life, is at times reminiscent of the restless young soccer fan in Kiarostami’s The Traveler (Mosāfer, 1974). Like his legendary role model, Nematian, who studied at the University of Arts Linz, sketches en passant a carefree but frayed portrait of everyday life and a social panorama full of noteworthy details.
His portrait of morality, however, is less allegorical and more strongly grounded in documentary. The pulse of Hormuz sets the pace of the action: noise and silence, lights and shadows, nature and the streets of the rugged island in the Persian Gulf all give the chain of events and their erratic rhythms a concretely localized, singular ambience. The agile and intuitive camera work, which usually remains at eye level with the precocious protagonist, also provides grounding –except when it drifts off into episodes of dramatic suspense. (Andrei Arnold)

Translation: John Wojtowicz

The fourth edition of the International Short Film Festival in Linz, Austria, ended with great success under the direction of Ashkan Nematian. 82 filmmakers participated in the week-long festival in Linz.

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Beförderungsfeier (Promotion ceremony), the new feature film by Ashkan Nematian, is in the screenplay stages and is a joint production of Iran and Austria.

The film is produced in collaboration with kusnt University Linz, the City of Linz, the Province of Upper Austria and the Vienna International Film Forum in Linz and Vienna, Austria, as well as in Greece.

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Ashkan Nematian’s first feature film, Looteyo, will soon be shown in Iranian and international cinemas.
Hayedeh Safi Yari, a famous editor, has just finished editing the film and Ensieh Maleki has completed the sound design. The film is a joint product of Iran and Austria and was produced by CLOSEfilm Company.

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       LinzEXPOrt 2021

           Ashkan Nematian won the LINZEXPORT fund in Austria

 

On the recommendation of the City Cultural Advisory Board, the City of Linz is once again inviting applications for a funding program entitled "LinzEXPOrt," with a total funding amount of 50,000 euros.

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