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Iranian Cinema Anonymous 09/01/2020 (Tue) 15:17:57 No.366
[JW05 ~ 05/10/2020] Iranian cinema warrants its own thread as the style of them and their directors are distinct enough to stand out and level up with Europeans. The 5 movies here are classics or well-known to start with. The Death of Yazdgerd recalls the kangaroo court upon a family of accusing the refuging last shah of the Sassanian dynasty. Where Is the Friend's Home details a child trying to give his friend his homework he took on accident lest his friend be expelled. Atom Heart Mother is some paranormal mystery thriller during the recession I didn't have subtitles for it. Ballad of Tara is about a women giving away her grandfather's possessions to her village as she can't keep them but finds no one who will accept his shamshir. The Night Bus is about an Iranian prisoner convoy of Arab POWs in 1983 during the Iran-Iraq War.
Great timing, I've been wanting to start a "middle Eastern" binge specially now since I'm trying to find Dialogue with the Wind (1998) Thanks for the recommendations https://youtu.be/6op12cmW8YY
I was looking for films about the 1953 coup and only found this one. It's not even a movie but a play (filmed at UCLA). Although it had plenty of details I never knew about, overall it was rather dry and didn't hold my interest. http://www.iranianmovies.com/page/product/4516
>accusing *killing
From Asghar Farhadi I've seen About Elly, A Separation, Fireworks Wednesday. All three films get high marks from me. I think Farhadi's skilled screenwriting sets him apart from other directors. He writes interesting characters in a story that eventually takes a suspenseful turn, with delightfully subtle foreshadowing early in the film.
How does the headscarf law apply to films? It doesn't always make sense in the context of a story, for example if a woman is seen alone indoors. I usually see women covering their head, but not always. Also is there a comprehensive list of films banned in Iran? Wikipedia is hit and miss and I'm not sure where else to look. https://globalvoices.org/2015/08/21/14-films-that-have-been-banned-in-iran-since-2007/
Found a book (https://www.bahook.com/product/31219/%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA%DA%AF%D9%88%D8%8C-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%AF-%D9%88-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%B1-%D9%88-%D9%81%DB%8C%D9%84%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA%DA%AF%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF) ...with some reviews and interviews for Dialogue w/ Wind fortunately it seems like these are the highest res pics we could get of the picture by Alexandra Avakian, here's the translated description of the book: "Talking to the Wind" was screened at the 17th Fajr Film Festival along with three other films by Nasser Taghvaei, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Abolfazl Jalili. The film is part of a six-episode film called "Kish Tales". Another set of this series has been made by Dariush Mehrjoui and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, which was not screened at the 17th festival. Five interviews with Bahram Beizai, Aziz Saati, Jahangir Mirshakari, Mojdeh Shamsaii and Prima Shahin Moghadam and five reviews from Babak Ahmadi, Safi Yazdanian, Jaleh Amoozgar, Shahram Jafari-Nejad and Zavan Ghokasian have been published in the book." Another pic of the film found in Beyzai's facebook, I haven't dived deep into his gallery but there must be another set of pics there, you should check it out (lots of books as well), heres a translation of the text found alongside the pic: "A picture of musician/actor Saeid Shanbehzadeh that is seen playing the drums in the clip that energeia shared, found it along a quote by professor Jaleh Amoozgar in Beyzaie's facebook page "I come from the party of colors, from the festival of melodious speeches, from watching the painful picture of a regret, I come from watching the conversation with the wind..." Also, a small description I made using the persian wiki article with some annotations I added: "This picture by Alexandra Avakian was taken in a movie set in Iran, the director (green shirt) was the legendary dissident Bahram Beyzaii. This is his wife, the actress Mozhdeh Shamsai. The short film is called Goft-o-goo Ba Baad (Dialogue with the Wind) and it was part of the anthology film produced on Kish Island, called "Ghessé hayé kish" (Les Contes des Kish) but according to the director of the Fajr Cinema Festival the short "Doesn't sing with the spirit of the island" and it was eliminated from the anthology with the cooperation of the original producer. The other three parts - "Dialogue with the Water", "Dialogue with the Fire" y "Dialogue with the Earth" - make up the final feature length. The next three episodes were not produced, the short film was not shown to the public, and only Mozhdeh's photograph with the traditional southern garment was published on the cover of NatGeo magazine on July of 1999."
>>372 >NatGeo magazine on July of 1999 I thought that issue would be easy to find, but it's missing from this pdf collection of National Geographic http://the-eye.eu/public/Books/National%20Geographic/
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>>374 Amazing! I know physical NatGeo mags are cheap online but I always regret neglecting and ultimately forgetting about a 100 mag collection I had in Spanish. Did you "fix" the center fold yourself? Thank you so much for sharing this! How many magazines do you have in this format? Would you mind sharing some? I left my email.
>>375 >in Spanish Yes that's a collection i've been searching because in an issue around 2002-2003 there were aerial shots of my backyard park and my house heh, but ultimately the english versions are more valuable if much more political to be fair, at least for a magazine originally made to only show photos and maps of North America. >Did you "fix" the center fold yourself? Barely, i was going to post only the link but i wanted to show something for it as the picture itself is very nice, it's an old scan made with low DPI and you can literally see individual pixels in the flat colors. I tried to patch both halves (it's 2 pages instead of a cool center fold poster) but as you can see one is darker than the other, and because the scan was probably done without breaking the mag the very inner part of the union is missing, hence the small strip in the middle looking shady, i realized it would take me a long time to make it look printable/wallpaper-ish so i just did a quick woop. Sorry >How many magazines do you have in this format? Would you mind sharing some? I realized the link you posted is the popular collection that ends in 1997-98 and i remember seeing one that goes fully into December 1999 in Karagarga so i just downloaded that file to share. I don't have the full collection nor a big amount of ratio to knock that one out but i'll see what i can do without them chopping my legs due to contraband, but with pleasure if there's another issue needed i will search for it. Probably gonna download the remaining 90's issues now that i have your email, will post another image when it's done. If more or an specific one is needed then hit that subscribe button hit me with a reply.
>>376 I don't know why you apologized because you made a really good job, it always annoyed me how the fabric in the wind never really synched between pictures, thank you! BTW I didnt post the collection link that was somebody else, since you mentioned it you shouldnt worry about downloading stuff for me. The important thing was to secure Avakian's picture since it show a very unique perspective for Dialogue with the Wind
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>>377 >I don't know why you apologized I mean usually i would've tried harder, so here goes again. And don't worry, i will download those other ones but if it was another anon who wondered about them i guess i will post links here. Sad to see this film wasn't actually released.
>>378 lol i can see what you mean now, amazing work!
what's the best iranian movie?
>>380 >nevermind i found out
>>379 Yes, great job of digital restoration
>>379 >>382 Thanks although i might try it once more, forgot about the tent and there's nasty blur on the edges of the crew and sea i carelessly made at 100% power instead of 50, looks like a cellphone app. Also how about state-approved cinema? 1998's The Glass Agency seems interesting for a sponsored project due to its synopsis: Irak-Iran war vets, a soldier and his commanding officer, want to travel abroad because one suffers from war-time health issues and the other knows a doctor who can help him but bureaucracy and officialist shenanigans ensue which led to the commander blowing a fuse and taking hostage a travel agency with all and civilians. I'm downloading it and i read positive feedback. The other is a bit relevant these days, a tribute winky-wink at their nation's commanding officer Qassim Suleimani (or was it Qasem?) this time re-imagined as a prestigious bodyguard of top-level executives, but gets into trouble when a job doesn't go as planned. In 2016's Bodyguard the interesting thing is how the protagonist is portrayed here, it is supposedly a copycat interpretation of the general with all and his mannerisms, at least physically we can see he's the same along with his famous purple rings. I read it's not quite good but i might check it due to seeing a de-facto official portrayal of the guy who, by all sides, on paper seemed like one of the last old-timey strongmen or Caudillos.
>>380 >>381 well?... we're waiting!
[End of Dump JW05 ~ 07/10/2020]
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I don't know if you can find the full film anywhere but this summary is powerful

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