Local Wisconsin filmmaker Hamidreza Nassiri just wrapped her second annual Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival. Serving as the festival’s organizer, Nassiri is also a teaching assistant at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she helped fundraise support for this year’s event by reaching out to her local community for help.
Originally intended to showcase Abbas Kiarostami’s final film 24 Frames (it’s been making the rounds lately), this years event had to pull it due to an unexplained complication. The signature/headline film taking its place ended up being Kupal, and it was joined by the highly anticipated Asphyxia, both of which we’ve written about before. Madison’s Tone saw fit to describe Kazem Mollaie’s surreal thriller as a combination of Kafka, Roman Polanski, and Saw.
The Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival is completely free and open to the public, and includes Q&As, talks, and other film-related programming.