Iran

Kamran Shirdel – Nedamatgah AKA Women’s Prison (1965)

“Women’s Prison” recounts the life of the prisoners and the problems their families encounter in their struggle to survive. Here again filmmaker Kamran Shirdel employs the cinema verité style. The interviews with the prisoners, social workers and teachers serve as commentaries for “constructed” documentary images. The technical process shows the extent to which solving social problems depends on everyone’s cooperation and participation. Certainly prisoners alone cannot offer the remedy to the entire catalog of social ills that propel these women into delinquency. Read More »

Mohsen Makhmalbaf – Honarpisheh AKA The Actor (1993)

An Iranian actor named Akbar is trying to become a serious actor instead of the clown everyone considers him to be. However financial problems force him to abandon his dream of being an artistic actor. He also has to deal with his family problems and his wife’s inability to become pregnant. Read More »

Mostafa Kiayee – 4 Rah Istanbul AKA Istanbul Junction (2018)

Quote:
Bahman and Ahad are two bankrupt manufacturers who are fleeing from their creditors. But when a fire in Plasco Building happens it is their chance to take advantages. Read More »

Mohammad Rasoulof – Jazireh ahani AKA Iron Island (2005)

Ostensibly a fast-paced tale about poor people in the Persian Gulf living aboard a sinking oil tanker, “Iron Island” is a galloping fable full of offbeat characters and entertaining moments. At the same time, it doesn’t take much to read this second feature from director Mohammad Rasoulof (“The Twilight”) as a sharp-edged allegory about the country of Iran. Festivals will be happy to sail on its irony and invention, though it may take auxiliary engines to market such a hard-to-classify little gem. Read More »

Jafar Panahi – Se rokh AKA 3 Faces (2018)

Synopsis
Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

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Behrouz Shoaybi – Darkoob AKA Axing (2018)



The story of an addicted woman Mahsa who thinks that her girl is dead but when finds out that she is alive and lives by her father (Mahsa’s ex-husband) decides to take her back. This put her to face her ex-husband and his new wife. Read More »

Mohammad Rasoulof – Keshtzar haye sepid AKA White Meadows (2009)

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In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing first-hand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality, and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders. Read More »