Author: Bijan Tehrani

Bijan H Tehrani a film director, writer and a film critic, his first article appeared in a weekly film publication in Iran 45 years ago. Bijan founded Cinema Without Borders, an online publication dedicated to promotion of international cinema in the US and around the globe, eighteen years ago and still works as its editor in chief. Bijan is has also been a columinst and film critic for the Iranian mountly film related media for 45 years and during the past 5 years he has been a permenent columnist and film reviewer for Film Emrooz (Film Today), a popular inranian mountly print film magazine. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books as well as for his services to the international cinema

Tonight All Quiet on the Western Front by Edward Berger from Germany won the OSCAR for the Best International Film, and it was a surprise as a much better film, Argentina 1985 was among the nominees. https://vimeo.com/807397394 All Quiet on the Western Front Germany – Directed by Edward Berger https://youtu.be/hf8EYbVxtCY War breaks out in Germany in 1914. Paul Bäumer and his classmates quickly enlist in the army to serve their fatherland. No sooner are they drafted than the first images from the battlefield show them the reality of war. Other nominees were: EO Poland – Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski https://youtu.be/rrBeSQbdXmw…

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Burbank, CA – January 16th 2023. Today Palm Springs International Film Festival announced its 2023 winners and Dirty Difficult Dangerous (France, Italy, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) directed by Wissam Charaf won MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award. The Honorary Mentions went to The Happiest Man in the World (Macedonia Belgium Slovenia Denmark Croatia and Bosnia) directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Without Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by MOZAIK  The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. In the following video message, Keely Badger the Executive…

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Safe Place, Croatia’s Oscar Entry directed by  Juraj Lerotić  is about a traumatic event—a suicide attempt—creates a rift in the family’s everyday life. Their lives fundamentally change, as if they are waging a war invisible to everyone else. The source of the story is autobiographical, it is addressed in the film and highlighted by the fact that the author/director plays himself. The following is our interview with Juraj Lerotić about making of Safe Place: https://vimeo.com/772185261 Juraj Lerotić was born in 1978, in Kiel, Germany. He studied early childhood education and theology and later graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art…

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In Look at me, a short film directed by Sally Potter,  a fundraising gala becomes the arena for a struggle between two men; one, the gala director (Chris Rock) and the other, a failing rock drummer (Javier Bardem). As their battle for expression and control escalates, against a relentless rhythmic backdrop (featuring tap dancer Savion Glover) their public and private selves explosively collide. The following is our interview with Sally Potter about making of Look at Me: https://vimeo.com/771842658 Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed nine feature films, as well as many…

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Aurora’s Sunrise, directed by Inna Sahakyan is the story of Aurora, a teenager when she loses her family to the first genocide of the twentieth century, a nightmare that she herself barely survived. But when asked to not just remember but relive this experience all over again, she said “yes”. https://vimeo.com/767732141 In 1915, as WWI raged on, the Ottoman Empire singled out its entire Armenian population for destruction. Only 14 years old at the time, Aurora’s story was tragically relatable. Forced onto a death march towards the Syrian desert, she lost her entire family before being kidnapped and sold into…

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The opening/award ceremony of 2022 Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles was held at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center. Bijan Tehrani and Arati Misro , jury members, announced the winner of MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award for The Best Feature Film. CWB jury statement: At Cinema Without Borders, we have had the honor of offering our Bridging the Borders Award to the Best Feature Film at the Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles since 2014. MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award is offered by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy. For this year we had five amazing films to choose…

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At the award ceremony of 23rd edition of Polish Film Festival LA,  MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award jury member,  Bijan Tehrani announced the recipients of the Honorary Mention and Best Polish Short Film. Bridging The Borders Award is presented by Cinema Without Borders and Sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy. Cinema Without Borders have been offering the Bridging The Borders Award at Polish Film Festival, Los Angeles in the fourteen years. This award is offered by Cinema Without Borders and Sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy. MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award Honorary Mention goes to a beautiful and poetic film which depicts a Millennial…

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As we have mentioned in our previous review of the ExpressVPN we are trying to protect our content and information and also we want to contact the rest of the world and watch what international artists created to show us on different streaming services and TV stations online. Therefore we are constantly testing and trying different VPN services. Now after three years of continuous testing of  ExpressVPN., our team of expert have decided to award ExpressVPN.with Cinema Without Borders’ Seal of Excellence, previously won by major entertainment business companies such as ADOBE. What convinced our jury to grant this award…

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With the urgency of a good thriller and the clarity of a fable, World War III is the grueling but compelling tale of how one of life’s victims learns to imitate his oppressors. Largely unspooling on the set of a bad film being made about the Holocaust, Iranian Houman Seyedi’s sixth feature starts out as jet-black comedy before darkening still further into tragedy, a journey embodied in an absorbing and extraordinary central performance by Mohsen Tanabandeh as the film’s downtrodden hero. https://youtu.be/4BnUJCousqY Seyedi’s work has regularly won acclaim at home, and the premiere of World War III in Venice’s Orizzonti…

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Shahab Hosseini, a Cannes best actor winner in 2016 for his layered, complex performance in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman,” is attached to star in “The Far Mountains,” from Mitra Tabrizian. A nuanced coming-of-age tale with an allegorical undertow, “The Far Mountains” marks Tabrizian’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut feature “Gholam,” also starring Hosseini and selected by The Guardian/Observer’s Mark Kermode as Film of the Week on its release. “Gholam” was theatrically released in the U.K. and major VOD platforms internationally. “Gholam” producer Zadoc Nava at London-based Stray Dog Films will be introducing “The Far Mountains” at Locarno’s Match…

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