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09/16/12

Iranian Films at California's Mill Valley Film Festival

California Film Institute Presents

Mill Valley Film Festival
www.mvff.com

October 4-14, 2012

"Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco" will be co-presenting the Iranian Films "Like Someone In Love" by the renowned director Abbas Kiarostami and Sinners by director Sam Gharibian.

Like Someone In Love - Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Trading in the pastoral Tuscan countryside for the neon lights of Tokyo, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry) continues to explore the blurred line between reality and fiction in his quietly hypnotic follow-up to Certified Copy. While possessing an uncanny ability to assimilate outside his native Iran and command an all-Japanese cast, the Palme d'Or laureate still feels like the quintessential outside observer, maintaining a fly-on-the-wall perspective throughout. His latest centers on Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a beautiful yet disenchanted young student doubling as an escort, who is whisked off to rendezvous with Takashi (Tadashi Okuno), a sweetly befuddled, retired professor. After he drops her off for class, he encounters her volatile boyfriend (who mistakes him for her grandfather), initiating a deceptive dance that escalates in the end. Recalling Japanese greats like Yasujiro Ozu, Kiarostami delivers an austere yet evocative story addressing the dangers of mistaken and assumed identities, the perils of disengagement and the importance of breaking free from the existential malaise of daily life.

Showings:
Mon, 10/8 8:00 PM
Fri, 10/12 3:00 PM
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Sinners - Directed by Sam Gharibian

A tightly plotted Iranian film noir, The Sinners opens on the streets of Tehran, where a beautiful woman who developed an independent streak during seven years in the United States meets a violent end. Many people wished her dead-the young lover she spurned, the married boss she blackmailed, the human trafficker she knew too much about, her angry father who felt disrespected-but who could be sinner enough to kill this woman, whose sense of freedom made her a “sinner” in her own land? Two quirky police detectives interview the suspects, revealing past events and motivations through classic noir flashbacks. The mismatched investigators are themselves sinners who use less-than-legal tactics. First-time screenwriter Sam Gharibian (son of veteran Iranian actor-director Faramarz Gharibian) shrewdly channels Hitchcock here, whose philosophy that there’s little difference between thinking about and committing a crime gets an Iranian twist.

Showings:
Thu, 10/11 9:30 PM
Fri, 10/12 12:15 PM
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