This experimental "reality drama" depicts a few seemingly idle days in the lives of four men and a woman who share an apartment. Frank sexual dialogue, non-linear structure, and the use of symbolic images distinguish Navel from much recent Iranian cinema, while Shirvani's jittery DV camera provides a rare intimate glimpse inside contemporary Tehran society from the point of view of an Iranian-American woman. | Read More
This dark comedy, a key masterwork of Iranian cinema, has long remained unseen in the West. Adapted from a story in 1001 Nights and set in a popular theatre troupe, the story follows the death of an actor in a farcical accident and the brilliantly elaborated gags and misunderstandings that abound in subsequent attempts to dispose of his body.
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In the autumn of 2005, 16 film students from NYC and Morocco converged on Marrakech as guests of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation to study under Abbas Kiarostami (joined at one point by Martin Scorsese). This document, by the master's longtime director of photography, will screen with a new Kiarostami short, Roads of Kiarostami, and some of the students' works. (total running time 110 min.) | Read MoreDocumentary
After Saddam's fall, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rushed to cross the suddenly unguarded border with Iraq to visit the holiest shrines of Shi'ism in Karbala and Najaf. Many traveled without valid papers and others did not hesitate to beg or even lie to get to these sacred sites. Playing with Infidels (Kofar). Baham Kiarostami visits the forgotten people of Iran, the Godars or Rom (gypsies) of Indian descent whose original religion was Animism and who were forced to convert to Islam after the revolution. They have four occupations: dancing, acting, hunting, and music.
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A 75-year old villager mounts his third campaign for Iran’s presidency, aided only by a disabled sidekick, to whom he’s naturally promised the post of Minister of Health. Shot during the same election that brought just as unlikely (but far less endearing) candidate to power, this is a droll portrait of a man stubbornly holding onto his dream. | Read More
Abbas Kiarostami has recently been exhibiting his black-and-white landscape photographs at venues around the world, and Roads of Kiarostami is both a companion piece to these exhibits and an extension of them. Static shots of the photos alternate with footage of Kiarostami's car winding through mountain roads, as the Iranian filmmaker muses in voice-over on the significance of the journey and the path in his own work and in Persian literature. | Read MoreDocumentary
The alarming disappearance of humor from Iran's political discourse is traced when an improv troupe of political satirists, the leader of which is a Persian counterpart of the medieval jester, learn that the government is about to close their theater. Preceded by Inside Out, a short about Iranian transsexuals. | Read MoreDocumentary
In Iran, where half the population is under 30, Western music is banned, and the solo female voice has not been heard singing in public since the Revolution. But as this film reveals, young men and women in burgeoning underground bands are defying the system by using the Internet to get their music heard. In Farsi. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
This abstract film is about a woman's life: the ideals, the norms, the things that actually exist, and the fantasies. As she questions love, humanity, identity, freedom, and femininity, audiences observe her life in ambiguous ways. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
A lone motorcyclist travels the empty streets of Tehran at night. He wears an aluminum suit to guard against the electromagnetic waves that raise his body temperature. Yet he is determined to make his appointments to kill cockroaches and fumigate factories, the night placing many strange encounters along his route. Artfully shot cityscapes expound on the man’s solitude in this atmospheric take on science fiction from the heart of Iran. | Read MoreScience Fiction
Three of the world's best directors combine to tell different stories, all set on a Rome-bound train. The characters connect through casual encounters and recount a story of love, chance, and sacrifice. With Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (best actress, TFF 2003). In Italian and English | Read More
The prizewinning director of A Time for Drunken Horses and Marooned in Iraq went to Iraq immediately after Saddam's fall in an attempt to bring cinema back to a country where it had ceased to exist. This impromptu sketchbook of what he saw reveals the postwar confusion, and Ghobadi, an Iranian Kurd, captures an unforgettable slice of reality. Screens with Saddam's Mass Graves. | Read More
Poetry, mythology, metaphor, and the absurd are expertly weaved to tell the fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island off the coast of Iran to collect tears. Moody and elegant, The White Meadows is acclaimed writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof's (Head Wind, TFF '08) mesmerizing cinematic statement on conformity, social norms, and the collective condition of Iran. | Read MoreDrama