UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Bijan and Soraya Amin Foundation present
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.
Special thanks to: Mark Amin.
Additional thanks to: Erica Ginsburg; Bo Smith, Rebecca Mercer-Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Barbara Scharres-Gene Siskel Film Center.
Friday March 14 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
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 15 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
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.
Screenwriter: Massoud Bakhshi. 35mm, 67 min.
Sunday March 30 2008, 7:00PM* ( Buy Ticket )
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.
Cast: Mehrdad Seddiqian, Khosro Shakibai. 35mm, 90 min.
Saturday April 5 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
Sunday April 6 2008, 7:00PM* ( Buy Ticket )
Friday April 11 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
In Person: Amir Shahab Razavian
Friday April 18 2008, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )
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 20 2008, 7:00PM* ( Buy Ticket )
DANCE IN THE WIND
(GHASEDAK-HA DAR BAD MIRAGHSAND)
(2007) Directed by Mohammad-Ebrahim Mo'ayyeri
Screenwriter: Mohammad-Ebrahim Mo'ayyeri. Cast: Mosa Khademian, Anahita Ghafarian. DigiBeta, 88 min.
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