Tag Archives: Leila Hatami

For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

I love these women for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or they were “there” in my most formative years, holding out a torch to lead the way. … 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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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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Shirin (2008); Dir. Abbas Kiarostami

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. The naked woman on the ledge outside the window on the sixteenth floor … Continue reading

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Leila: A Movie Within a Movie

I love it when people in movies watch movies. I can think of many other favorite scenes, of characters watching a movie while in a movie (there was a very funny and moving scene in the recent 500 Days of … Continue reading

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Deserted Station (2002); Dir. Alireza Raisian

Deserted Station is a haunting quiet (at times too quiet) film based on a story by Iranian great Abbas Kiarostami, and directed by Alireza Raisian, it tells the story of a husband and wife (the wife is played by the … Continue reading

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Leila (1996); Dir. Dariush Mehrjui: Marriage and Infertility In Modern-Day Iran

Dariush Mehrjui, director of Leila, is a figure who embodies the entire 20th journey of Iranian film. Check out his stunning bio here. His films have often been festival favorites, garnering great international acclaim. His journey as a film-maker is … Continue reading

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