Berlin Sinema Transtopia to review Iranian new wave masterpieces
TEHRAN – Nine masterpieces of new wave Iranian cinema will be screened in a massive program at Sinema Transtopia, a Berlin center that explores cinema as a space for social discourse and a place of exchange and solidarity.
The program traces the course of the meteoric years leading up to the Revolution with the newly restored films of the movement that started and advanced from the 1962 Oberhausen Prize winner, “The House is Black”, directed by poet Forugh Farrokhzad.
Ebrahim Golestan’s “Brick and Mirror” (1963-64) will open the program on September 9. Commissioner Ehsan Khoshbakht and US critic Jonathan Rosenbaum will discuss the film after a screening.
The film is about Hashem, a taxi driver who finds a toddler in the back seat of his taxi one night after driving a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji, try to deal with this unwanted child. Hashem insists on getting rid of the child, Taji insists on keeping him. In the end, Hashem gets rid of both.
The program will take place on September 10 with a screening of director Dariush Mehrjui’s 1969 drama “The Cow”.
The film tells the story of a poor villager whose only source of joy and livelihood is his cow. One night the cow is mysteriously killed and that’s where the madness, or rather the transformation, begins.
Director Bahram Beyzai’s 1972 film “Downpour” was also shortlisted for the reviews program.
A young teacher is sent to a school in southern Tehran, where he falls in love with his student’s older sister, and devotes all his energy to helping the students put on a show.
The program, which will run until September 19, also includes “The Deer”, directed by Masud Kimiai in 1974, Sohrab Shahid Saless’ 1973 drama “A Simple Event” and “The House Is Black” by Farrokhzad.
“Les chess du vent” (1976) by Mohammadreza Aslani, “The hills of Marlik” (1963) by Ebrahim Golestan, “The report” (1977) by Abbas Kiarostami, “La nuit il a plu” (also known as the name of “L’épopée de la Gorgan Village Boy”, 1967) by Kamran Shirdel and “The Search” (1980) by Amir Naderi will also be screened.
Photo: Ezzatollah Entezami stars in a scene from director Dariush Mehrjui’s drama “The Cow”.
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