IRAN: A CINEMATOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION

By Nader TAKMIL HOMAYOUN

AVENUE B PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

unknown - Completed 2006


    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • unknown
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FARSI
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nader TAKMIL HOMAYOUN
    • Synopsis
    • Every country’s cinema deserves a history as good as this. Iran: Une Révolution cinématographique traces the evolution of Iranian film and its relation to the country’s political and social milieu. A dazzling array of film clips is intercut with remarkable archival footage of Iran during periods of both war and peace.
      Director Nader Takmil Homayoun extracts marvellous interviews from top Iranian directors and film historians about the country’s progression of cinematic movements. Whether you’ve seen dozens of Iranian films or none, their eloquent storytelling will make you feel like an expert.
      In 1933, one of Iran’s first features, Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor, was directed by Ovanes Ohanian. That film set the tone for the struggle between film’s irresistible lure and censorship. It’s about a pious man who deeply opposes the cinema until he sees himself onscreen and changes his mind. In the late fifties, a cinema dominated by escapism gave way to the emergence of social realism with films like Farokh Ghafari’s South of the City, a gritty tale of street violence. In the seventies, a new wave arose with films such as Fereydoun Goleh’s Under the Skin of the Night, about a Tehran man and an American woman desperately trying to consummate their love. That same decade saw the birth of a poetic aesthetic in films like Sohrab Shahid Saless’s A Simple Event, about a poor boy caring for his sick mother.
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