By Samaneh Aboutalebi

Swedish film expert lauds organization of Fajr festival

April 26, 2017

TEHRAN – Swedish film expert Astrid Hallenstvedt has praised the organization of the 35th Fajr International Film Festival.

“It’s so well-organized,” Hallenstvedt, who is attending the festival for the first time, told the Tehran Times at Tehran’s Charsu Cineplex on Tuesday. 

She compared the festival with other international events and said, “Fajr festival is more systematic; the public screening, the market and other sideline programs are well planned.”

Hallenstvedt, who is also a member of the board of the Stockholm International Film Festival, is scheduled to provide the organizers with advice on the films screened at Fajr.

“I liked some of the films screened at the festival,” Hallenstvedt said while she declined to name which ones.

She said that she has been a frequent user of the festival’s video library, which allows users to access movies screened at the previous editions of the festival and other films, which were not selected for the event.

Hallenstvedt has also been impressed by the tours of Tehran being arranged by the Fajr organizers. “It’s a great opportunity for us to see your city and become familiar with Iranian culture,” she stated.

The Fajr film festival will end on Friday.

Photo: Swedish film expert Astrid Hallenstvedt in an undated photo


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