UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Bijan and Soraya Amin
17TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN
Saturday, April 7 - Friday, May 11
2007 marks the Archive's 17th Annual Celebration of Iranian
, now in its new home at the Billy Wilder Theater in the heart of
Westwood's "Tehrangeles." This year's offerings feature a greater number
of films than ever before, including 13 films from Iran
diaspora. Featured in the series this year are works by established
filmmakers whose films we have showcased in the past (Bahman Farmanara, Rakhshan
Bani-Etemad) and works by emerging directors. Also included are five new
documentaries that illuminate Iranian life, art and popular culture. Some
of this year's themes include male bonding and friendship, emigration,
censorship, music and, in our opening night film, mouth-watering Persian food
(When Fish Fall In Love
). In addition, we are delighted to welcome
several guests who will be present to discuss their work in person. This year's
generous selection of recent narrative and documentary films and videos attests
to the enduring quality and diversity of Iranian filmmaking.
are in Persian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.*IN
Maryam Kashani, Mamak Khadem
programs screen at our new home, the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village
Saturday, April 7
7 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.
WHEN FISH FALL IN
(MAHIHA ASHEGH MISHAVAND)
dir: Ali Rafiee. scr: A. Rafiee. cast: Reza
Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Golshifteh Farahani.
Political prisoner Aziz
(Kianian) returns to his seaside home after two decades behind bars only to find
his former flame, Atieh (Nonahali), running a restaurant on the estate. To
protect the family business, Atieh's daughter, Touka (Farahani), conspires to
woo Aziz's heart with the promise of rekindled romance, and his stomach with
35mm, 96 min.NOTE:
screen twice this evening. Separate admission required for each
screening. Saturday, April 14
7:30 p.m.MEN AT
(KARGARAN MASHGHOULE KARAND)
dir/scr: Mani Haghighi. cast: Attila Pesyani, Mahmoud Kalari, Ahmad
Based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami, director Mani Haghighi's film,
which equally invites and defies allegory, pits four middle-aged men against a
seemingly immobile rock. While the boulder remains stubbornly upright, the
characters' quest to topple it drives them further and further into comic
madness, and what begins as macho tomfoolery transforms into emasculating
HD, 77 min.
Preceded by:MEN UNDERSTAND EACH
(MARDHA HAMDIGAR RA BEHTAR MIFAHMAND)
Marjan Alizadeh. cast:
Alireza Amirhajebi, Maryam Yavari.
wife doesn't return home one evening, an upset husband phones his friend for
solace and advice.
HDcam, 8 min.
Wednesday, April 25
7:30 pmBEST IN THE WEST
dir/scr: Maryam Kashani. with: Mansour Kashani, Nasser Kashani, Farhad
Ahmadi, Sohrab Ahmadi, Abbas Barzgar, Rahman Farsi, Saeed Ghazi, Mohammad Talai.
Director Kashani's first-person documentary focuses on her father and his
close-knit group of male friends who maintained their tight bonds after
emigrating from Iran
to the San Francisco Bay Area in
the 1960s and '70s. Their personal stories are interwoven with a political
and industrial history of Iran
in the last century and the
struggle to control the country's most coveted natural resource: oil.
Digibeta, 71 min.
NOSE, IRANIAN STYLE
(DAMAGH BE SABKE
dir: Mehrdad Oskouei. scr: M. Oskouei, Mandan Karimi, Alireza Bahrami.
With a humorous touch, documentary filmmaker Oskouei shines a light on
's booming nose job market, where
a startling 60,000 to 70,000 men and women go under the knife each
Beta-SP, 52 min.
Friday, April 27
7:30 pmSOUNDS OF
dir: Amir Hamz, Mark
Lazarz. With Shadi Vatanparast, Shahram Sharbar, Babak Akhoondy.
Lazarz's documentary illustrates a slice of Tehran
's diverse underground music scene and
the performers who must contend with the government's cultural gatekeepers, the
Ershad, who hold the authority to ban performances and CDs. Some musicians
have taken foreign sounds and made them uniquely Iranian-including a rock band
inspired by a 14th century Persian poet, and a rapper who quotes from the Koran.
Video, 97 min.
Preceded by:BACK VOCAL
dir: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. With Kiana Kiaras, Darya Dadvar, Mamak Khadem,
Nearly three decades after Iran
revolution, female singers are still forbidden to perform solo. Mirtahmasb's
short documentary follows several women struggling to make their voices heard
within the limits of the law.
Video, 40 min. *IN PERSON:
Mamak Khadem Sunday, April 29
dir: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Mohsen Abdolvahab.
scr: R. Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi, M. Abdolvahab, Naghmeh Samini. cast: Bita
Farahi, Baran Kosari, Masoud Rayegan.
Bride-to-be Sara (Kosari, Bani-Etemad's
real-life daughter) relapses into heroin abuse while her fiancé is studying in
. Sara's mother (Farahi),
desperate to clean up her daughter before the wedding, loads her into a car and
heads for a rehabilitation center near the Caspian
35mm, 78 min. Friday, May 4
7:30 pmA LITTLE KISS
(YEK BOUS-E KOUCHOULOU)
dir/scr: Bahman Farmanara. cast: Reza Kianian,
Farmanara's richly symbolic drama follows writers and
friends, Sa'adi (Kianian) who has recently returned to Iran after 30 years spent
in Europe, and Shebli, who stayed behind, eventually enjoying success as his
homeland's most acclaimed novelist.
35mm, 100 min.
by:A LITTLE BIT HIGHER
dir: Mehdi Jafari. scr: Mahin Abbas-Zadeh, M. Jafari. cast: Ahmad Reza
Asadi, Javad Emami.
A deceptively prosaic encounter between two crane
operators-one an elderly former teacher, the other a romantically troubled
35mm, 12 min. Saturday, May 5
7:30 pmIRAN: A CINEMATOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION
: UNE RÉVOLUTION
dir: Nader Takmil
Homayoun. scr: Nicolas Bertrand, N. T. Homayoun. with: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Amir
Naderi, Dariush Mehrjui, Feredoun Goleh, Bahman Ghobadi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad,
This engaging and informative overview of Iranian cinema
includes fascinating interviews with renowned Iranian film directors.
Interspersed with archival footage from the Shah's reign through the
tumultuous time before and during the revolution, and with an incredible array
of rare film clips, Homayoun's film is an eye-opening portrait of
through its cinema of the past
Video, 98 min. Friday, May 11
pmTO BE A STAR
dir/scr: Fereydoun Jeyrani. cast: Ezatollah Entezami, Andisheh
When an aspiring actress wrangles a small role for her out-of-work
father (Entezami, in a tour-de-force performance), the man finds only abuse and
ultimately heartbreak on-set. Condemned by Iran
who banned the film and destroyed the negative, this print is the only surviving
uncut version of the film.
35mm, 98 min.
VENUE: All programs
will take place at the Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
in Westwood (courtyard level of the Hammer Museum).
Advance tickets are available for $10 at
Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder
Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8,
Cineclub members, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID;
$7, Cineclub members who are students or seniors.
$3 in the lot under the theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just
north of Wilshire.
INFO: www.cinema.ucla.edu / 310.206.FILM
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