How do you feel about being in Iran for the first time?\r\n\r\nGood, very good. I have always wanted to be here. I select Iranian films for our festival and I have seen lots of Iranian films, but never have a chance to be here.\r\n\r\nWhat do you like about Iranian cinema?\r\n\r\nI think Iranian cinema is very close to Polish cinema; both cinemas are based on society, based on social dramas. And for us it is the exotic culture that is more fascinating. However, we can find lots of links between the two. I mean, on the surface Iranian cinema seems very exotic, but at the same time it is very familiar.\r\n\r\nAre Polish audiences familiar with Iranian cinema?\r\n\r\nThey are quite familiar with Iranian cinema. Iranian films are distributed in Poland. For example, in our cinema, we show some of the Iranian films which were in Cannes or the Berlinale, so there is a chance of them being shown in cinemas. We always have one to five Iranian films every year. Last year, we had a film directed by Niki Karimi which the audience really liked.\r\n\r\nHow do you usually select Iranian films for your festival?\r\n\r\nWe receive over two thousand submissions and we screen one hundred films; we pick whatever movies we like. I mean we don\u2019t select a movie because it is from Iran, and we don\u2019t select a movie because we like the country or not! We like to show other movies which are made outside Europe, and Iran is part of that.\r\n\r\nWhat do you think about the organization of the festival?\r\n\r\nWell, it is very well-organized. I have been to a lot of festivals and I don\u2019t see any difference between Fajr and the others. It is just taking place in another city, and when you are in the festival venues, it looks like other festival and film markets in Europe or Unites States, very similar.\r\n\r\nWhat do you expect to see in the coming days in the festival?\r\n\r\nWe are in the selection process for the Warsaw Film Festival, so I am looking for new films from Iran. I know there are lots of Iranian films ready and waiting for an international premiere and we are interested to discover new names. Some of the names in the lineup are by familiar names, like Reza Dormishian.\r\n\r\nAre you looking for something specific in the films?\r\n\r\nWe know the taste of our audience; we have been running the festival for over twenty years. Sometimes we don\u2019t like a movie but know that our audience will like it and want to see it, so we select it. In our festival we are looking for more experimental films in terms of narrative to introduce to Polish people, because they are used to watching traditional films. Our festival is a platform to let them watch new films and discover films which are not shown in regular cinemas.\r\n\r\n \r\nThe 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival is being held from April 20th to April 25th, 2016 in Charsou Cineplex, under the supervision of Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi, who is also the Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema.