The ceremony was attended by Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone, the director of Iran’s Art and Experience Cinema Institute, Jafar Sanei-Moqaddam, and a number of Iranian cultural officials and artists.
In his brief speech, Perrone said that such events show the deep friendship between Iran and Italy.
The films selected to be screened during the festival have been produced in recent years and depict a real face of Italian society, he added.
Vincenzo Marra’s Equilibrium was screened during the opening ceremony, and the Italian director and the Iranian cast member, Babak Karimi, attended a review session afterwards.
A lineup of seven Italian movies will go on screen during the program, which will continue until February 26 in the three Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz and Kish Island.
The Path of Oil by Bernardo Bertolucci, My Mother by Nanni Moretti and Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello are among the films.
The lineup also includes Where the Shadows Fall by Valentina Pedicini, Intrepid: A Lonely Hero by Gianni Amelio and Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher.
Filmmaking workshops by Italian producer Sergio Toffetti are also being organized on the sidelines of the festival.
The program has been organized by Iran’s Art and Experience Cinema and the Italian Embassy in Tehran.