Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Saturday 21 March 2015 from 11am
Day ticket: £20 (£15)
Box Office: 029 2030 4400 www.chapter.org
WOW Film Festival is celebrating the golden age of Iranian Cinema with a season of magical films from a generation of globally acclaimed Iranian filmmakers. Whilst giving Western audiences an insight into an ancient culture at a time of revolutionary change, the hugely influential Iranian neorealist style that emerged from this period has since had an enduring legacy world wide.
The season begins at Chapter Arts Centre on Nowruz (Iranian New Year), Saturday 21st March. To mark this special date in the Iranian calendar, filmmakers, critics, journalists and audiences will come together for a unique day event and a rare chance to see these great movies on the big screen.
There will be a panel discussion after each film, chaired by WOW Festival Director David Gillam, who will be joined by Iranian cinema expert Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad from the School of Oriental and African Studies; Dr. Maryam Ghorbankarimi from St Andrews University, who specialises in Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and gender representation in Iranian film, and Ehsan Khoshbakht, an Iranian film critic, curator and architect.
To book your pass for the Iranian Film Day at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 21st March, call 029 2030 4400 or book online here.
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
This launched Kiarostami onto the world stage, heralded the arrival of Iranian neo-realism, and set the prototype for Iranian "kid quest" movies.
“the simplest and most moving of his films.” Combustible Celluloid
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
A dark comedy-drama about a middle-aged intellectual obsessed with Kierkegaard and J.D. Salinger in the midst of marital meltdown, this will surprise anyone who assumes Iranian society is free of post-modern discontents.
Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
A mother’s lot is not a happy one in a society where men make all the decisions and women have to suffer the consequences. The first lady of Iranian cinema evocatively captures the human struggle at the heart of a family.
Director: Shahram Mokri (2013)
Told in one single stunning shot this gripping film succeeds in ‘unhinging’ time to create a strange, haunting feel to seemingly everyday events. A truly extraordinary film that plays with our perception of time, space, and truth.
“something truly special” Andrew Robertson, Eye for Film
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Iranian Film Day, Saturday 21 March
Where is My Friend's Home?, Hamoun and Under the Skin of the City will also be showing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the same date and times, with The Apple and Fish and Cat being shown later in the week. The panel discussion with Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad and Dr. Maryam Ghorbankarim will be 'Skyped' to Aberystwyth Arts Centre after each film. Ask the Arts Centre box office about the Iran Season Ticket.
In partnership with British Council Iran as part of their UK-Iran Season of Culture.
Part of Conversations About Cinema's Impact of Conflict Season a Film Audience Network Initiative led by Watershed with QFT and Chapter Arts.
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