UCLA Film & Television Archive and Farhang Foundation present the annual UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village.
For VIP Opening Reception and General Admission Tickets and fulll listing and schedule, Please visit Farhang.org/UCLA18
All films in Persian, except where noted.
Saturday, April, 28 – 7:30 pm - OPENING NIGHT
No Date, No Signature - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE!
A late night car accident involving a respected forensic doctor (Amir Agha’ee) and a working class family—that may have lead to the death of family’s youngest son—triggers a series of deceptions and revelations that come to consume everyone involved with questions of guilt and responsibility. Vahid Jalilvand (Wednesday, May 9) was named Best Director at the 2017 Fajr Film Festival for this tightly wound drama and Navid Mohammadzadeh won Best Supporting Actor for his gripping portrayal of the boy’s father.
Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Amir Agha’ee, Hediyeh Tehrani, Zakiyeh Behbahani, Sa’eed Dakh
Sunday, April, 29 – 7:00 pm
Israfil - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE!
Director Ida Panahandeh (Nahid) brings a sensitive eye to the dynamics of a couple caught up in the throes of love and regret. Still in mourning after the death of her son, the widowed Mahi (Hedieh Tehrani) learns that her first love—who left town when their relationship sparked a scandal—has returned. Haunted by the past but longing for a new future, Mahi and Behrooz (Pejman Bazeghi) are drawn together again at the risk reopening old wounds.
Director: Ida Panahandeh
Screenwriter: Arsalan Amiri, Ida Panahandeh
Cast: Hedieh Tehrani, Pejman Bazeghi, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Merila Zarei, Pouria Rahimi Sam
Friday, May, 4 – 7:30 pm
The Home (Ev) - U.S. PREMIERE!
Writer-director Asghar Yousefinejad knocks us off emotional balance right from the start of his debut feature with a grieving daughter’s explosive protests over the fate of her father’s corpse. Yousefinejad ratchets things up from there, confining the action to follow to the dead man’s home, where a parade of suddenly interested parties intervene, and what begins as a family drama, reveals itself as a sharp satire in which everyone’s motives become suspect. Winner of best film and best screenplay in the international competition at the Fajr Film Festival.
Director/Screenwriter: Asghar Yousefinejad
Cast: Ramin Riazi, Mohadeseh Heyrat, Gholamreza Bagheri, Sedigheh Daryani
Saturday, May, 5 – 7:30 pm - Double Feature
BOARDING PASS - WEST COAST PREMIERE!
IN-PERSON: MEHDI RAHMANI
Locked in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their young son and desperate for cash, Neda turns to smuggling heroin over the border as a way out. When a veteran drug mule, Mansour, sees Neda, pale and shaky, at the airport, he knows something has gone terribly wrong with her and reluctantly agrees to get her medical help. Thus begins a gripping race against time through Tehran’s criminal underground where everything has its price.
Director: Mehdi Rahmani
Cast: Mansour Shahbazi, Neda Jebraili, Mohammad-ali Najafi, Asghar Rafie Jam, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.
SIMULATION - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
With a nod to Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (2003) and riding an emerging wave of formal experimentation among young Iranian filmmakers, actor-director Abed Abest, star of Shahram Mokri’s Fish & Cat (2013), plays compellingly with time and space in telling the story of a boys’ night out gone tragically wrong. Told in reverse chronological order and set entirely on a darkened soundstage with locations and props marked out in green screen material, Simulation delivers on its title to challenge our notions of truth and reality.
Director/Screenwriter: Abed Abest
Cast: Abed Abest, Shahrzad Seifi, Vahid Rad, Majid Yousefi
Sunday, May, 6 – 7:00 pm
A panoptic view of a society on the edge, Golden Time unfolds as a dozen vignettes of people who find themselves suddenly faced with stark turning points in their lives, by fate or the imposition of others. Each story is shot a single take, in a vehicle, at dusk with writer-director Pourya Kakavand exploring a wide array of scenarios and emotions—blackmail, betrayal, violence and other unsavory scenarios come into play—all set against the transitive glow of twilight.
Director: Pourya Kakavand
Cast: Amirhosein Fathi, Houshang Golmakani, Arash Falahatpishe, Faeze Alavi, Faraz Sarabi
Friday, May, 11 – 7:30 pm - Double Feature
A Tehran city official charged with policing illegal street vendors, Ghasem (Hamed Behdad) shakes them down for bribes instead. Fearing he’ll soon be fired for corruption, Ghasem desperately scrambles to set up another scam using his wife’s inheritance. One bad decision leads to another with the personal stakes getting higher each time in director Mohsen Gharaie’s taut, sharply drawn feature debut.
Director: Mohsen Gharaie
Cast: Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiaie, Nader Fallah, Giti Ghasemi
Valderrama (Iran, 2016)
Valderrama, a name the 15-year-old soccer fan borrowed from his idol, Colombian soccer star, Carlos Valderrama, is without any immediate family or an official ID card. After an incident at the job where he works illegally, Valderrama skips town to Tehran where he falls into an underground economy of illegal street vendors, squatters and drug dealers. Director Abbas Amini plunges us into this fraught world and the plight of other kids like Valderrama without ever resorting to easy sympathy or answers.
Producer: Majid Barzegar
Director: Abbas Amini
Cast: Hamed Alipour, Nafiseh Zare, Gity Ghasemi, Assadolah Monjazi
Saturday, May, 12 – 3:00 pm
A Man of Integrity
Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad), a goldfish farmer, and his wife, Hadis (Soudabeh Beizaee), a teacher, struggle to get by, in part because of Reza’s principled refusal to participate in the local culture of kickbacks and bribes. An outsider who relocated his family from Tehran, Reza becomes enmeshed in a violent battle of wills with thuggish officials in the pocket of an unnamed company. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s blistering depiction of corruption and injustice resonates well beyond the rural, small-town setting where its story unfolds.
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Cast: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani
Saturday, May, 12 – 7:30 pm
24 Frames (Iran, 2017)
Sunday, May 13 – 7:00 pm
24 Frames (Iran, 2017)
IN-PERSON AHMAD KIAROSTAMI
Director Abbas Kiarostami’s final film, completed after his death under the supervision of his son Ahmad, is structured as a series of two dozen, beautifully composed, black-and-white still images—the frames of the title—that Kiarostami brings to animated life. Wintry scenes predominate with animals—birds, cows, sheep, a cat—the only living presence found throughout. Captivating and curious, it invites meditation, on the nature of the moving image, the transformative power of art, and the legacy of a life spent deeply, movingly engaged with both.
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Friday, May, 18 – 7:30 pm
After her businessman father’s death is declared a suicide, Negar (Negar Javaherian) experiences strange, fragmentary visions that suggest otherwise. With her father’s debts suddenly pressing down on the family, Negar begins her own investigation into what happened, which could lead her to the truth or into madness.
Director: Rambod Javan
Cast: Negar Javaherian, Mohammad Reza Froutan, Mani Haghighi, Atila Pesiani, Alireza Shojanouri
Saturday, May, 19 – 7:30 pm
Bashu, The Little Stranger (Iran, 1985)
IN PERSON: BAHRAM BEYZAIE
Writer-director Bahram Beyzaie’s landmark film follows young refugee Bashu from his southern home where his family is killed in a bomb attack during the Iran-Iraq War to a northern Iranian village where he is reluctantly taken in by Naii (Susan Taslimi), a farmer’s wife with two children already whose husband is off looking for work. What follows is a powerful, moving story of difference and acceptance in a country largely perceived as ethnically, linguistically and culturally monolithic. Beyzaie’s sensitivity to the plight of the displaced and the trauma of war makes this timeless work as relevant now as ever.
Director: Bahram Beyzaie
Cast: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian
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