Exhibition in Tehran features posters for Iranian cinema’s 80s and 90s successes
TEHRAN – An exhibition featuring a collection of posters for Iranian cinema successes of the 80s and 90s opened on Tuesday at the Charsu Cineplex in Tehran.
The showcase was curated to spice up the 38th Fajr International Film Festival, which opened at the cineplex on Wednesday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, veteran graphic designer Ebrahim Haqiqi who created posters for many Iranian films: “In the early 1980s, when the Farabi Cinema Foundation was launched, its leaders requested high quality international posters.
“Our designers have proven that they can deliver such posters,” he added.
“Many of these posters are now on display at this exhibition and several of them have won awards at international festivals,” noted Haqiqi.
A poster for famous filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 masterpiece “Close-Up,” which was created by Haqiqi, is a highlight of the exhibition.
“I designed this poster, but I did not put my signature on it,” Haqiqi said and added, “Because Mr. Kiarostami rejected my proposal to jointly sign it.”
“When I was preparing the poster design, he suggested that I use a font applied to a brand of toothpaste with the same title for ‘Close-Up’… that was a creative suggestion.”
Haqiqi said no poster has been released for Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui’s cult 1989 film “Hamun”.
“I designed a poster for the film, however, it was never released … only several stills from the film bearing the writing ‘Hamun, a film by Dariush Mehrjui’ were released to showcase the film,” he said. he declared.
The exhibition, which runs until June 2, also features a collection of posters for a number of Cuban films.
Photo: Graphic designer Ebrahim Haqiqi speaks at the opening ceremony of a film poster exhibition at Charsu Cineplex in Tehran on May 24, 2021 (FIFF / Sahand Taki)
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