Film Screening: Fereydoun in Late Summer

Join us for the Dubai premiere of Fereydoun in Late Summer, an intimate portrait of artist and collector Fereydoun Ave by renowned documentary filmmaker, editor and cinematographer Bahman Kiarostami.

Bahman Kiarostami is an award winning filmmaker, known for crafting intimate documentary portraits of Iranian cultural and social figures such as Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (2014) and Morteza Momeyez (1996) among others. In Fereydoun in Late Summer (2023), Kiarostami follows Fereydoun Ave over a period in the summer of 2023, capturing the prolific artist at work and delving into his legacy as a collector, exhibition maker and an advocate for artists and artistic experimentation.

This film is programmed in the context of the exhibition Some seasons: Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection, 1959-2019’ curated by Negar Azimi and Sohrab Mohebbi with Talia Heiman and on view through March 23, 2024.

Fereydoun in Late Summer

Director and editor: Bahman Kiarostami 

Featuring: Fereydoun Ave

Sound design: Mahour Mirshakkak

Color grading: Mahshid Afzali

Graphics: Ashkan Forootan

87 minutes


Bahman Kiarostami (b.1978) 

An award winning director, editor and cinematographer, Kiarostami’s films have focused on cultural and social aspects of Iranian life and on the political power of faith in contemporary Iranian culture. His film debut was A Journey to the Land of the Traveler (1994). His filmography includes Exodus (2018), Monir (2014), Taxi-Tehran (2011), Javad (2011), The Treasure Cave (2009), Anonymous (2007, co-directed with Kaveh Kazemi), Re-enactment (2006), Persian Gardens (2005), Pilgrimage (2005), Two Bows (2004), Infidels (2004) and Nour (2003).

Fereydoun Ave  (b.1945)

Over the past five decades, artist, curator, designer and collector Fereydoun Ave has assembled a singular collection of modern and contemporary Iranian art inflected by personal history, friendship, sensibility and circumstance. His artworks have been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in galleries and museums around the world. He is in the collections of the British Museum, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Centre Georges Pompidou,Paris, Cy Twombly Foundation, New York, and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. A linchpin figure, Ave returned to Iran in 1970 after years of education abroad, organising groundbreaking exhibitions at the Iran-America Society’s Tehran cultural centre and the Zand Gallery, while also serving as resident designer at the avant-garde Theatre Workshop (Kargah-e Namayesh). He remained in Iran after the fateful Iranian Revolution of 1979, where he went on to launch 13 Vanak, an irreverent independent arts space in the disused garden shed of an iconic Tehran square. 13 Vanak ran for over two decades, incubating and launching the careers of countless artists.



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Some seasons: Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection, 1959-2019

September 27, 2023 - March 24, 2024