Like the nation it reflects so vividly and thoughtfully, Iranian cinema is at
a crossroads. Iran has an overwhelmingly young population, and almost all of the
selections in this survey of recent Iranian filmmaking concern a generation of
young people dissatisfied with their present situation and uncertain about the
future. In very different ways, LETTERS IN THE WIND and DEEP BREATH movingly and
excitingly depict protagonists caught between adolescent rebellion and the
search for a place in society. Similarly, a new generation of filmmakers is
emerging as the trickle of titles distributed independently grows to a flood.
Like LETTERS IN THE WIND, TEHRAN, 7:00 A.M. is a first film from this
independent movement, and like DEEP BREATH, it represents a break with the kind
of filmmaking that foreign viewers typically associate with Iranian cinema.
Instead of pastoral lyricism or poetic neorealism, these films focus on the
pleasures and displeasures of everyday urban life.
The tradition in Iranian cinema of combining keenly observed realism and symbolic allegory continues with another first film, DANCING IN THE DUST. Yet another first feature, BLACK TAPE, combines two concerns of recent Iranian cinema-the place of women and the place of the dispossessed Kurds-but with a harsh contemporary edge unusual in the films from the 1990s that put Iranian cinema on the map. Our opening night film, CRIMSON GOLD, is a collaboration between two acknowledged masters, Abbas Kiarostami (TEN) and Jafar Panahi (THE CIRCLE). This film too is concerned about dehumanizing forces in Iranian society. It is a concern with global resonance.
Special thanks to: Mark Amin; Bo Smith, Lori Donnelly-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; -Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Tom Vick-Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Bérénice Reynaud-REDCAT; Zareh Arevshatian.
All films in Farsi with English subtitles.
Friday January 16 2004,
(2003) Directed by Jafar Panahi
Producer: Jafar Panahi. Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami. Cinematographer: Hossain Jafarian. Editor: Jafar Panahi. Cast: Hussein Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 97 min.
Saturday January 17 2004,
LETTERS IN THE WIND
(2001) Directed by Ali Reza Amini
Producer: Ali Reza Amini. Screenplay: Bayram Fazli. Cinematographer: Ali Reza Amini, Mohammad Taghi Hashemi. Editor: Behroz Kahali. Cast: Faramarz Hashemzadeh. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 76 min.
Friday January 23 2004,
(2003) Directed by Parviz Shahbazi
Producer: Amir Samavati. Screenplay: Parviz Shahbazi. Cinematographer: Ali Loghmani. Editor: Parviz Shahbazi. Cast: Mansour Shahbazi, Maryam Palizban, Saeed Amini. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 82 min.
Sunday January 25 2004,
TEHRAN, 7:00 A.M.
(Tehran Sa'at-e Haft Sobh)
(2003) Directed by Amir Shahab Razavian
Screenplay: Majid Eslami, Farzad Pourkhoshbakht. Cinematographer: Morteza Poursamadi. Editor: Parviz Shahbazi. Cast: Behnaz Jafari, Hasan Moazeni, Reza Khamseh, Parviz Larijani. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 85 min.
Saturday January 31 2004,
BLACK TAPE-A TEHRAN DIARY
(2002) Directed by Fariborz Kamkari
Producer: Sayed Ahmad Samsam Shariat. Screenplay: Fariborz Kamkari. Cinematographer: Tiraj Aslani. Editor: Amin Aslani. Cast: Mehdi Asadi, Parviz Moasesi, Shilan Rahmani. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 83 min.
Friday February 6 2004,
DANCING IN THE DUST
(Raghs Dar Ghober)
(2003) Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Iraj Taghipour. Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi. Cinematographer: Hassan Karimi. Editor: Saeed Shahsavari. Cast: Faramarz Gharibian, Yousef Khodaparast, Baran Kosari, Jalal Sarhad-Seraj. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 95 min.
Sunday February 8 2004,
(2003) Directed by Abolfazl Jalili
Producer: Emmanuel Benbihy. Screenplay: Abolfazl Jalili. Editor: Abolfazl Jalili. Coreographer: Mehdi Majde Vaziri. Cast: Mehdi Morady, Mina Molania, Sharare Roohy, Fariba Khademy. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 111 min.
For further info, please call 310.206.FILM or log on to www.cinema.ucla.edu.
All films screen at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, located on the northeast corner of the UCLA campus, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue.
Tickets are available at the theater one hour before showtime. Admission is $7 general; $5 students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID. Admission to the Animation From Iran program is $5 per person.
NOTE: Advance tickets for all programs are now available for $8 using your credit card at www.cinema.ucla.edu!
Free street parking after 6 pm daily on Loring Ave. at Charing Cross Rd.; or for $7 in Lot 3, adjacent to the James Bridges Theater.
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