In front of me, at an outdoor café near Venice Days Office, I see Ramin Bahrani, the movie maker that lots of critics in Venice have been talking about and thought of his film, ‘Man push cart’ (Noruz Productions), as a brilliant capture of the heart of New York. Comments have varied from ‘This is the kind of film I wish I had made’ to ‘This is a movie only students of Kia Rostami can make.’
Ramin Bahrani graduated
Bahrani has made numerous short films, and received various grants and fellowships for his films writing. He also teaches acting and screenwriting.
Ahmad dragging that cart on
Looking at him close up, Ramin is a tall, bright, and impressive young man who is articulate with his views, is observant, and has a kind and generous way of answering questions.
Q: How do you identify yourself? Iranian? American? Iranian-american? Or, something else?
A: I am an Iranian-American as confusing as that sounds!
Q: I know you have graduated from
A: No, I graduated about 10 years
ago and since then I have produced ‘strangers’ which was filmed in
Q: Do you mind if I ask you how old
you are and how many years you have been living in
A: I am 30 and I was born in
Q: Making a film is an expensive endeavor. Have you received funding and help from the Iranian- American community?
A: I received much help from the Iranian community but also from the Indian and Jewish communities, from both white and black Americans, and also from other groups. Although
the film is about a Pakistani and Moslem immigrant, the first person who offered help was an Indian of New York.
Q: Do you plan to distribute this
A: I would love to. I have been
working with a musician from
Q: Would you be disappointed if the kiss scenes are censored?
A: Since this is an international film and since the kiss scene is not passionate, I am hoping it would not be censored.
Q: How do you see the
A: Oh yes, definitely.
Q: Have you had success in selling your film to distributors?
Q: How did you get to show your film
A: No, I sent the film through fed ex on the day before the deadline. That is how it got to be here.
Q: Wasn’t it annoying to you that at
the night of screening your film, a few Italian critics asked if your point of
A: I didn’t interpret it that way
because I don’t know of the popular culture. I don’t watch films and television,
nor do I listen to radios. I was glad that they liked the film. For me, it is
important to be honest and have a fresh vision. Of course I don’t have a
tourist’s perspective of
Q: Your film is about a Pakistani
immigrant. You have a Spanish actress playing a part. You are a writer and
director of Iranian origin. Your cinematographer is an American. The cart was
A: Yes, I live in
Q: As a last question, what is that you want to tell through your films?
A: I believe it is important to be
honest to yourself and not to be a hostage to your culture. I want to make fresh
films, films with a real vision, like movies that were made in the 50s and 60s.
I could make a film even about here and show a
A few minutes later, we were walking
toward the festival happenings in the company of a mutual friend. I wished him
lots of success and told him the interview will be published at an
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