I’ve already seen, Marooned in Iraq one of Bahman Ghobadi’s films. After seeing it, I couldn’t think of a single thing to say about the film. I initially felt much the same way about A Time for Drunken Horses and that’s when it struck me that what both films share in common is that they are completely inert. Stripped of story and tone, both films are blandly shot and edited. Continue reading A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
In the hands of a director who wanted to use the medium of film to lecture to his or her audience, Taste of Cherry would be a film that answered the question of why life is worth living. Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gives his audience space. He tries not to presume too much. Taste of Cherry certainly can answer the question of why we should live, but instead of giving the audience the answer, Kiarostami explores a series of answers.
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In a global film culture dominated by American, Asian and European sensibilities, freedom of expression is taken for granted. This is Not a Film functions as a document that represents both the oppression of artistic expression and the inadequacies and limitations that function as an outgrowth of censorship. Scholars of film history have pointed out in various cultures and times how censorship has enabled creativity, but it’s also stifled it at times. Continue reading This is Not a Film (2011)
It’s hard to think of Offside without evoking The Wind Will Carry Us. It shouldn’t be surprising that Iranian writer/director Jafar Panahi is influenced by Abbas Kiarostami’s cinema. Panahi adapted Kiarostami’s screenplay of The White Balloon, a kindred spirit to Where is the Friend’s Home? and he also worked as an assistant director on Through the Olive Trees. Continue reading Offside (2006)
As the opening lines of The House is Black reminds us, the world can be an ugly place and ignoring it only makes the world uglier. A document of a leper colony in Iran, writer/director/narrator Forugh Farrokhzad and crew craft a shocking, provoking, beautiful and intelligent 20 minute short about so much more than the ugliness of life. Continue reading The House is Black (1963)