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UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 24 - May 14, 2014

Source: UCLA Film & Television Archive

Thursday, April 24 - Wednesday, May 14

UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition of tracing the unfolding of Iran's fascinating national cinema.  Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation.  This edition of the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema offers a panoply of genres and storytelling modes, sampling the contributions of an array of film artists.

As in recent years, it is anticipated that the series will feature filmmakers in person to discuss their work.  Please check www.cinema.ucla.edu, for updates on in-person guests.

IN PERSON:  Payman Maadi (4/24); Ali Karim (5/2); Rouhollah Hejazi (5/3); Jamsheed Akrami (5/10).

Program generously funded by the Farhang Foundation.
Special thanks to:  Mark Amin, Ahmad Gramian, Bita Milanian-Farhang Foundation; Marian Luntz-Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Barbara Scharres-Gene Siskel Film Center.


Thursday, April 24
7:30 p.m.
SNOW ON THE PINES  (Barfroo-ye kajha)

Iran, 2013
PROD: Jamal Sadatian.  DIR/SCR: Payman Maadi.  CINE: Mahmoud Kalari.  EDIT: Sepideh Abdolvahab.  CAST: Saber Abbar, Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh.

Shot in evocative black and white, the directorial debut of award-winning actor Payman Maadi (A Separation, About Elly) delicately explores the fallout of a marriage that collapses in betrayal and isolation.  Roya (Mahnaz Afshar) has long-since settled into a staid domestic routine when she discovers her husband is having an affair.  Her faith and trust shattered, Roya withdraws further from the world until the promise of new relationship reignites her passion for life.

Blu-ray, b/w, in Persian with English subtitles, 92 min.
IN PERSON:  Payman Maadi.


Friday, April 25
7:30 p.m.
North American Premiere!
BENDING THE RULES  (Ghaedeye tasadof)

Iran, 2013
DIR/SCR/EDIT: Behnam Behzadi.  CINE: Amin Jafari.  CAST: Amir Jafari, Ashkan Khatibi, Mehrdad Sedighian, Baharan Bani Ahmadi.

Winner of Best Film at the 31stFajr International Film Festival, director Behnam Behzadi's second feature brings bravura camera work and charged plotting to the clash between generations.  A theater troupe of twentysomethings plans to present its latest play abroad until the father of its star refuses permission for her to leave.  Roiled emotions and bad decisions make matters worse and the safe haven of their rehearsal space quickly comes to feel like a compound under siege.

Blu-ray, b/w, in Persian with English subtitles, 94 min.


Sunday April 27
7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Premiere!
THE BRIGHT DAY  (Rooz-e roshan)

Iran, 2013
DIR/SCR: Hossein Shahabi.  CINE: Mohammadreza Sokoot.  EDIT: Shima Monfared. CAST: Pantea Bahram, Mehran Ahmadi.
A race against the clock thriller, The Bright Day weaves through the streets and back alleys of Tehran as a woman and her driver have six hours to track down a witness willing to testify in court to save a man's life.  As details about the case and her motivations gradually emerge, so too does writer-director Hossein Shahabi's sharpcommentary on the meaning of justice and love in contemporary Iran.

Blu-ray, b/w, in Persian with English subtitles, 86 min.


Friday, May 2
7:30 p.m.
International Premiere!
I HATE THE DAWN  (Man az sepideye sobh bizaram)

Iran, 2013
PROD/DIR/SCR: Ali Karim.  CINE: Morteza Hodaei.  EDIT: Behzad Mosleh.  CAST: Babak Karimi, Amir Azizi, Mohammad Ahmadi, Hossein Eskandari, Mahsa Zarif.

By turns whimsical and philosophical, I Hate the Dawn covers a lot of territory over the course of a single day as an independent film crew tries to complete a single shot before bad weather closes in.  The deceptively simple set up begins with a rangy conversation between the director and his assistant as they drive to the set in a sun-dappled park.  Stories within stories emerge and secrets are revealed as the ebb and flow of the creative process comes to mirror the energizing unpredictability of life itself.

Blu-ray, color, in Persian withEnglish subtitles, 110 min.
IN PERSON:  Ali Karim.


Saturday, May 3
7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Premiere!
THE WEDLOCK  (Zendegi moshtarak-e aghaye mahmoodi va banoo)

Iran, 2013
PROD: Ali Bazel, Mahdi Davari.  DIR: Rouhollah Hejazi.  SCR: Ali Talebabadi.  CINE: Houman Behmanesh.  EDIT: Sepideh Abdolvahab.  CAST:  Hami Farrokhnejad, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hengameh Ghaziani, Payman Ghasemkhani, Tarlan Parvaneh

As in his previous feature, The Private Life of Mr. & Mrs M., director Rouhollah Hejazi deftly probes the fault lines of marriage in The Wedlock, here presenting two couples, one younger and one older, in relation to delineate the generational tectonics at work in both.  Taraneh Alidoosti stars as the estranged niece come, with her partner, to help renovate the home of her uncle and aunt and their teenage daughter.  Within Hejazi's crucial sense of composition, each struggles against the roles, private and cultural, that they nevertheless seemed bound to play.

Blu-ray, color, in Persian withEnglish subtitles, 82 min.
IN PERSON:  Rouhollah Hejazi.


Friday, May 9
7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Premiere!
PARVIZ

Iran, 2013
PROD: Saeed Armand.  DIR: Majid Barzegar.  SCR: Hamed Rajabi, Bardia Yadegari, Majid Barzegar.  CINE: Amin Jafari.  EDIT: Javad Emami.  CAST: Levon Haftvan, Mahmoud Behrouzian, Homerya Nonahali.

Levon Haftvan (star of Fat Shaker, screened in last year's series) made his riveting screen debut in director Majid Barzegar's powerful first feature about another troubled father-son relationship.  Still living at home at the age of 50, Parviz (Haftvan) is shocked when his dad kicks him out to make way for his new wife.  Emotionally stunted and deeply wounded, Parviz lashes out in vicious, petty ways until he sees a chance toreclaim his rightful place.  Barzegar builds a mounting sense of tension and dread that doesn't break until film's final seconds.

Blu-ray, color, in Persian withEnglish subtitles, 105 min.


Saturday, May 10
3:00 p.m.   |   Special Matinee!
Los Angeles Premiere!
A CINEMA OF DISCONTENT

Iran, 2013

DIR: Jamsheed Akrami.  CAST: Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Farmanara, Bahman Ghobadi, Reza Mir Karimi, Jafar Panahi.

Film scholar and filmmaker Jamsheed Akrami continues his outstanding documentary series on Iranian cinema (Friendly Persuasion, 2000; The Lost Cinema, 2007) with this illuminating look at film censorship in Revolutionary Iran.  Featuring dozens of film clips and interviews with leading filmmakers-including Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Rakshan Bani Etemad, Jafar Panahi-A Cinema of Discontent reveals the dark and absurd aspects of censorship as well as the strategies, aesthetic and personal, that these artists have developed in response.

Digibeta, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 85 min.
IN PERSON:  Jamsheed Akrami.  


Saturday, May 10
7:30 p.m.  
Los Angeles Premiere!
FROM TEHRAN TO LONDON

Iran, 2012
DIR/SCR: Mania Akbari.  CAST: Mania Akbari, Neda Amiri, Bijan Daneshmand.

Acclaimed filmmaker and artist Mania Akbari was forced to leave Iran before she could complete her most recent film, leaving us with only this electrifying fragment.  The film's title delineates the trajectory of Akbari's flight while the couple in the film itself find themselves stranded in their country home, a stunning architectural wonder that becomes a cauldron of pent-up recriminations and desire-the frank depiction and intensity of which instigated Akbari's need to flee.

Blu-ray, color, in Persian withEnglish subtitles, 45 min.

Los Angeles Premiere!
DANCING MANIA

Iran, 2013
DIR/SCR: Roya Akbari.

Director Roya Akbari's short documentary presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of From Tehran to London while placing it within the larger context of Mania Akbari's provocative career exploring themes of sexual and gender identity and women's rights through film, video installations and painting.

Digibeta, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 25 min.

ONE. TWO. ONE.

Iran, 2011
DIR: Mania Akbari.  SCR: M. Akbari, Majid Eslami.  CAST: Neda Amiri, Payam Dehkordi, Hassan Majooni.

Director Mania Akbari's third feature, following her intensely personal document 10+4, about her battle with breast cancer, One. Two. One. deploys a visually striking, narratively fragmented strategy to trace a woman's journey of renewal after a devastating incident leaves her face permanently scarred.  Episodic and largely constructed as series of tight close-ups, the incident is described and her recovery portrayed from a series of vantage points that reveal the intractable forces of jealousy, love, honor andviolence that shape both.

Digibeta, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 79 min.


Monday, May 12 
7:30 p.m.
North American Premiere!
DINGOMARO

Iran, 2013
DIR: Kamran Heidari.  CAST: Hamid Saeed.

Documentarian Kamran Heidari explores the historical African ethnic and cultural influences in the southern Iranian port city of Bander Abbas through the eyes of Hamid Saeed, a musician on a quest.  Cruising the city and rugged surroundings, guitar over his shoulder, he searches for like-minded musicians he describes as under the spell of the Dingomaro, a mythic African wind, tojoin him in a once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrating Hormozgan music.

Blu-ray, color, in Persian withEnglish subtitles, 68 min.


Wednesday, May 14
7:30 p.m.
40th Anniversary Screening!
THE TRAVELER  (Mossafer)

Iran, 1974
DIR/SCR: Abbas Kiarostami.  CINE: Firooz Malekzadeh.  CAST: Hassan Darabi, Masud Zandbegleh.

Many of the qualities of director Abbas Kiarostami's mature work were powerfully present at the beginning of his career, as well.  Case in point, his second feature, The Traveler, a bittersweet, deeply humanist story about a young boy from the countryside determined to see his favorite soccer team play in Tehran.

Digibeta, b/w, in Persian with English subtitles, 83 min.


VENUE:  Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90024 (corner of Wilshire & Westwood Blvds., courtyard level of the Hammer Museum).

TICKETS:  Advance tickets are available for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; FREE to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

PARKING:   At the Billy Wilder Theater for a $3 flat rate on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.  Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.'

INFO:  www.cinema.ucla.edu / 310-206-8013

 

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