By: Maryam Azish

Iranian cinema innovative, living, surprising: Swedish expert

Tehran, Nov 11, IRNA - Swedish Thom Palmen, Executive Director Jinzhen International Short Film Festival in China described Iranian cinema as innovative, living and surprising.

'Iranian cinema is innovative, living and full of big surprises, in shorts and in features. I’m happy to find so many talented female directors around as well,' Palmen told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on the sidelines of the 35th Tehran International Short Film Festival which is underway in the Iranian capital city.

'In some countries in the West where you could expect more there still seems to be a lack of them,' he added.

'I am invited to be on the jury, an honorable mission that gives me an opportunity to watch a great number of films and hopefully I can meet many of the filmmakers behind these films,' Palmen said commenting on Iran hosting the event.

Palmen went on to say that 'Iranian cinema takes a front position in the world. There is no doubt about it.'

'I congratulate and take off my hat to all these hard working people telling these compelling stories,' he reiterated.

'I truly believe cinema/film to be capable of much more than that. I personally, have a strong interest in stories with social issues,' Palmen said in response to a question on the role of cinema in helping people understand each other's life.

'Iranian Youth cinema Society (IYCS) organizes Tehran International Short Film Festival every year in October (TISFF).

It is one of the oldest short film festivals not only in Iran, but also in the region.

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