Seyed Amir Seyedzadeh, a film producer, told a reporter from the Cinema Department of the Cultural Group of the Young Journalists Club about holding festivals at a time when some cinema agents are involved in livelihood problems: ; Because festivals are expensive, while some artists need their nightly bread, and if anyone says there is no such thing, I will prove it to him.
The producer added: “Let’s spend the budget that is spent in the form of the children’s festival, Fajr and… to save the life of an artist.” An artist who has become homeless and unemployed due to the outbreak of the Corona virus and is ashamed of his wife and child. Let’s eat a rational amount with the theorem. Nothing will happen if a festival is not held today, but if an artist becomes ashamed of his wife and child for earning a living, there are a thousand and one events and consequences for him. When are we going to understand this issue and how long do we want to get into it ?!
Seyedzadeh said: “With these funds, it is possible to save the lives of many artists who got into trouble because of Corona and even had many problems before Corona, and bring them back to life.” The festival can be held in the coming years, but if bread is not on the table of an artist, it is not human. One has to accept why we do not recognize priorities, and if the intention is to please God, to help art and the artist, and so on, to do what we have to do based on identifying priorities. But if the goal is show and show, what we see now will happen and no one is in front of it and will not take responsibility.
The producer of “No. 17 Soheila” said about the future of cinema, considering the problems that have already existed and that Corona has multiplied them: “Cessation of cinema issues is certainly not separate from other current issues in the country.” Cinemas are currently 100 percent closed due to the spread of the Corona virus. I mean, if my friends say that we opened cinemas with a capacity of fifty percent during the Corona, then when the situation turned red, we closed that fifty percent again, I personally do not accept, because in the first fifty percent no one went to the cinema and In general terms, the cinema is one hundred percent closed.
He continued: “There is no strategy for this issue, because the issue of culture is not one of the main issues and concerns of our cultural authorities.” There are so many problems in the country now that the officials, especially the cultural ones, see no reason to prioritize cultural issues. Their excuse is that we do not attract funding or the corona is closed and various other excuses; I think this situation continues until the virus is eradicated. Also, in the strategy of the officials, the idea of moving forward and growing in the film industry and adapting ourselves to the standards of the world day is not institutionalized.
The producer of “Mother of the Atomic Heart” stated: “In addition to increasing theaters in the cinema infrastructure, producing good films, considering different genres and… main priorities, motivating to invest in cultural work is the main priority.” That is, governments create mechanisms to enable producers, directors, investors, and producers to make the best use of cinema to recoup capital. That’s why you see that it takes a lot of time to write a screenplay, and even pre-production is time consuming, because they want what they make to meet international standards, and when it goes on the screen, apart from the sales element, the audience wants to Go to see this movie, in fact, it has something to say.
In the end, Seyedzadeh stated: Due to the lack of text and writing, the good director and the limitations and poverty of the actor, the Iranian cinema industry has lagged far behind this progress in international standards and has not been able to meet these standards. We hope that better things will happen with the preparations of the officials.