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18th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema

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18TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA

2008 marks the Archive's 18th annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema, and our program this year is as eclectic and diverse as ever. This year's offerings include seven new features from Iran and the Diaspora, as well as compelling new documentary and short works on film and video.

A major identifiable theme in this year's program is Iranian culture, whether it's pop culture—including a love triangle and murder that rocked Iran in 2002 (The Red Card) and provided steamy headlines for the Iranian tabloids for months; military culture in Night Bus and Those Three; small town culture in Dandelions Dance in the Wind; an irreverent and entertaining "history" of the city of Tehran in Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!; and an ode to one of the world's most important and enduring art forms in Persian Carpet, which features contributions by contemporary Iran's leading filmmakers, from Bahman Ghobadi to Rakhshan Bani-Etemad.

Nevertheless, most of the works in this series are by emerging directors and the program provides audiences with the opportunity to discover new filmmaking talent from Iran. We also hope to welcome several guests to present and discuss their work in person. Please check our website at www.cinema.ucla.edu for updates on in-person guests for this program.

All films are in Persian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.



Friday March 14th at 7:30PM

PERSIAN CARPET (FARSH-E IRANI)(2007)
Iran's proudest export (besides its cinema) is the focus of this film, which features contributions by 15 leading directors, including Abbas Kiarostami, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Bahman Farmanara, Dariush Mehrjui and many others. The directors' individual short works and approaches to the subject are as varied as the colors and designs that make up the titular focus of this ambitious omnibus film. 35mm, 109 min.



Saturday March 15th at 7:30PM

TEHRAN HAS NO MORE POMEGRANATES! (TEHRAN ANAR NADARAD)(2006)
Directed by Massoud Bakhshi
Director Bakhshi's playful "history" of Tehran is an engaging and irreverent take on the sprawling city, its inhabitants, and it's illustrious and complicated past. Aided by rare archival footage, film clips and contemporary snapshots of modern Tehran from it's ancient bazaars, sparkling new shopping malls and congested thoroughfares, Bakhshi's film is a fascinating tour of this great metropolis, past and present. 35mm, 67 min.



Sunday March 30th at 7:00PM*

NIGHT BUS (OTOBOUS-E SHAHBANEH)(2007)
Directed by Kiumars Pourahmad
An unlikely trio of men, including a quick-tempered young recruit, a worldly bus driver and an Iranian Kurd are charged with transporting 38 blindfolded Iraqi POWS from the front back across a landmine-laden landscape to a military base in this engaging anti-war story set during the Iran/Iraq conflict. 35mm, 90 min.

* Please note the early start time.



Saturday April 5th at 7:30PM

RED CARD (CARTE GHERMEZ)(2006)
Directed by Mahnaz Afzali
In 2002, Iran's tabloid press erupted over the celebrity trial of Shahla Jahed, accused of murdering the wife of her soccer-star lover. The public's fascination was fueled by Shahla's brazen behavior in court, smirking, haranguing, cajoling and even cracking jokes with the bemused judge. Documentarian Mahnaz Afzali refrains from imposing an opinion on the case, but instead gives room for us to ponder its uncomfortable ambiguities. DVcam, 74 min.



Sunday April 6th at 7:00PM*

THOSE THREE (AN SEH)(2007)
Directed by Naghi Nemati
In this spare but entertaining drama, three soldiers gone AWOL soon find themselves in the middle of nowhere during an icy winter. They are subsequently joined by a mysterious pregnant woman also adrift in this no man's land. First-time feature director Nemati paints a visually stunning picture of a group of individuals struggling to survive against the breathtaking backdrop of this forbidding landscape. 35mm, 80 min.

* Please note the early start time.



Friday April 11th at 7:30PM

COLORS OF MEMORY (2007, Iran/Germany)
Directed by Amir Shahab Razavian
A recently divorced surgeon, Dr. Parsa, is called back to Iran from Germany to perform a complicated surgery. While there, his late father's friend (Entezami) urges him to visit his earthquake-ravaged hometown of Bam to save his family's dying palm groves. The resulting film is a compelling portrait of a man grappling with memories of his homeland, his father and a long lost love. 35mm, 102 min.

In Person: Amir Shahab Razavian



Friday April 18th at 7:30PM

A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS AND VIDEOS FROM IRAN AND THE DIASPORA
Join us for an eclectic program of short narrative and non-fiction works on film and video, which document everything from female police recruits to the perils of public transportation in Tehran. Please check back with us for a complete listing of films, descriptions, and the program's running order. Various formats, approx. 80 min.



Sunday April 20th at 7:00PM*

DANDELIONS DANCE IN THE WIND (GHASEDAK-HA DAR BAD MIRAGHSAND) (2007)
Directed by Mohammad-Ebrahim Mo'ayyeri
Young Davood is a headstrong lad who is being primed for a job in his small town's textile company. When the company withholds the workers' pay, the townspeople take to the streets, and ultimately attempt to start a textile business of their own. This lyrical film is a joy to watch and clearly announces Mo'ayyeri as an exciting new voice in Iranian cinema. DigiBeta, 88 min.

* Please note the early start time.


 

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