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In Memory of
Ali Moallem & Aref Lorestani
A tribute to some recently-deceased Iranian
celebrities film producer Ali Moallem and actor Aref
Moallem, film producer, publisher and managing director and
editor-in-chief of Donya-ye-Tasvir
(Picture World) magazine passed away on Monday 13. marts 2017. He died of
cardiac arrest in his office in Tehran at the age of 55.
A graduate of cinema, Moallem,
54, started Donya-ye-Tasvir magazine
25 years ago which soon became popular among film fans.
Besides his journalistic activities, he produced
several films including ‘Hemlock’
(2000), ‘The River’s End’ (2004), ‘Marriage,
Iranian Style’ (2006) and ‘Aal’ (2010). He also served as jury
member in several local and international film festivals.
Moallem organized the 16th
edition of ‘Hafez
Celebration’, Iran’s only private ceremony to award the best
of TV and cinema annually since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
For years he strived to produce a film on Cyrus the Great (580-529 BC), king of Persia and
the founder of the Achaemenid Empire. The script was written by
Iranian screenwriter and filmmaker Masoud
Jafari-Jozani who was set to direct the movie as well. However,
their efforts did not bear fruit and a book on the film script was published
Iranian comedian Aref
Lorestani, the renowned TV actor , mostly known for his
roles in Mehran Modiri’s comic
series, died of cardiac arrest while asleep in his home on Saturday 15. april
2017 in Tehran at the age of 45.
Born in the western Kermanshah Province
in 1972, Lorestani made his TV debut in 1999 with ‘Show 77’
directed by Modiri and continued appearing in his later series
including ‘Man With Two Thousand
Faces’ (2009), ‘Bitter
Coffee’ (2010), ‘My
Villa’ (2012), ‘I’m Just
Kidding’ (2014) and ‘In the
Lorestani also acted in the movies ‘Wedding Feast’, ‘The
Equation’ and ‘Mani and
Neda’. In 2015, he staged a comedy play titled ‘Last Supper’ in Tehran.
This is the first death of an artist reported in the New Persian
Year (started March 21). In the previous year, about 100 art and
culture figures passed away, and among them were celebrities including filmmaker
Kiarostami, actor Davoud
Rashidi and painter/ illustrator Parviz
Actor Hassan Joharchi and film
producer Ali Moallem died in
February and March respectively.
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