The Film Society of
Lincoln Center, Jan 26 – 31
One of the founding figures of the Iranian New Wave of the 70s, Bahman Farmanara attracted attention with his second feature, a powerful adaptation of Houshang Golshiri’s Prince Ehtejab (1974). A portrait of a dying monarch increasingly trapped in his own mental space, Prince Ehtejab was one of the first Iranian films to be seen widely abroad; by 1977 Farmanara was the head of the Iranian Film Development Company. His third feature, Tall Shadows of the Wind, was completed in 1978, as the uprising against the Shah was moving into high gear. Banned by the government, the film was briefly re-released following the Islamic Revolution — only to be withdrawn from circulation once again.
In Bahman Farmanara’s films, there’s always a veneer of deceptive calm; things look well ordered and stable, but just off screen, just out of sight, one can sense a growing turbulence that will soon threaten to engulf his characters. In the recent, post-1979 films, he brings us into the world of
A special feature of the series will be the premiere of Iranian filmmaker and film scholar Dr. Jamsheed Akrami’s The Lost Cinema, a revealing look at the rise of the Iranian New Wave in the final years of the Shah.
For a listing of the films in the series go to Program Overview.
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