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Circumstance (2011); Dir. Maryam Keshavarz

Four Iranian teenagers sit in a sound booth, headphones on, making obscene sex noises, doing intermittent shots of liquor to loosen up, and bursting into laughter, ruining the takes. The director is annoyed. They are in the process of dubbing … Continue reading

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The Color of Paradise (1999); Dir. Majid Majidi

Expect Spoilers A little blind boy named Mohammad sits on a bench outside his school in Tehran. It is the beginning of summer vacation and parents from all over Iran have come to collect their children. We have seen the … Continue reading

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Donya (2003): “You Have Exhumed My Life.”

When we first see real estate mogul, Hadj Reza Enayat (Mohamad Reza Sharifinia) he is collapsed in a chair, his swollen feet being washed by his whining wife (Gohar Kheirandish). Hadj is a grotesque person, in our first impression. He … Continue reading

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The Importance Of “As If”: Women Without Men (2009)

A group of intellectuals and artists sit around a table in a restaurant, drinking wine, and talking about Camus and democracy. Camus’ comments on freedom are approved of by some in the group, and rejected by another, who argues that … Continue reading

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Film Forum: Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film

Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film opens at the New York’s Film Forum today and runs through March 13. I put it on my Top 10 list for the year. There is nothing happening in the … Continue reading

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“Because creation, you know, it means that you don’t have any salary, you don’t have any retirement, all of that. So if you don’t have the security, at least have the freedom. I go for the freedom.”

Really inspiring interview with Marjane Satrapi, best-selling author of the graphic novel Persepolis. I think if somebody has to make an artistic work, he will finish it no matter what. It has nothing to do with the money, with the … Continue reading

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Eyes on Iran

Iranian documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb has been released from Evin Prison after three months in jail. He was arrested with five other documentary filmmakers, all of whom have been released as well. Jafar Panahi still sits in jail. Here is … Continue reading

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NYFF 2011: This Is Not a Film. Hyperbole Is Inadequate.

Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (whom I have written about ad nauseum on my site, and hosted the Iranian Film Blogathon in his honor last year) and his colleague Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (imprisoned on September 17 of this year) shot This … Continue reading

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NYFF 2011: A Separation: Separation? More Like a Giant Abyss

From director Asghar Farhadi (I was in love with his Fireworks Wednesday from 2007) comes another tense devastating drama. Not to be missed. I was a wreck by the end of it. Definitely one of the best films of the … Continue reading

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The Hunt For the Mashad Ripper: The Forbidden Chapter (2006)

A serial killer is murdering prostitutes in Mashad, Iran. Habib, a detective, unsuccessfully trying to detox from drug addiction, returns to Mashad, his hometown (his whispering voiceover recurs through the film, mournful, haunting, “City of memories … city of happiness … Continue reading

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