The 2017 UCLA CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA
May 6 – May 19
The UCLA Film and 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.
Fore VIP Opening Reception and General Admission Tickets, Please visit Farhang.org/UCLA17
All films in Persian, except where noted.
Saturday, May 6 – 7:30 p.m.
LIFE AND A DAY (Abad va yek rooz) (2016)
Directed by Saeed Roostaee. Producer Saeed Malekan. Screenplay Saeed Roostaee. Cinematography: Ali Ghazi. Editor: Bahram Dehghan. Music: Omid Raisdana. With: Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.
A family beset by long simmering troubles and conflicts struggles to hold itself together after the death of its patriarch in writer-director Saeed Roostaee’s explosive and riveting feature debut.
Sunday, May 7 – 3:00 p.m.
Directed by Reza Dormishian. Producer: Reza Dormishian. Screenwriter: Reza Dormishian. Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani. Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari. Music: Keyhan Kalhor. Production Design: Mohsen Nasrollahi. With: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Maryam Palizban, Baran Kosari, Mehdi Kooshki, Bahram Afshan.
Writer-director Reza Dormishian (I’m Not Angry!) intensifies his blistering critique of Iranian society with this jagged crime thriller/social drama mash-up in which a horrific attack on a political activist exposes the tenuous nature of reality itself in a country deeply divided.
Sunday, May 7 – 7:00 p.m.
RADIO DREAMS (2016)
Directed by Babak Jalali. Producer: Marjaneh Moghimi. Screenplay: Aida Ahadiany, Babak Jalali. Cinematography: Noaz Deshe. Editor: Nico Leunen, Babak Salek. Music: Mahmoud Schricker. Production design: Laura Lahti. With: Mohsen Namjoo, Boshra Dastournezhad, Raby Adib, Sulyman Qardash, Lars Ulrich.
Winner of the prestigious Tiger Award at Rotterdam last year, Babak Jalali’s dry culture- clash comedy unfolds over the course of a single day as a Persian-language radio station in San Francisco awaits the imminent arrival of Metallica.
Monday, May 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Narges Abyar. Producers: Mohammad-Hossein Ghassemi, Abouzar Pourmohammadi. Screenwriter: Narges Abyar. Cinematography: Saed Nikzat. Editor: Sajad Pahlevanzadeh. Music: Massoud Sekhavatdoust. With: Sareh Nour Mousavi, Pantea Panahi Ha, Mehran Ahmadi, Jamshid Hashempour, Shabnam Moghadami.
Writer-director Narges Abyar (Trench 143) blends humor and hardship, animation and live-action in adapting her own novel about a young girl’s rural childhood before her world is turned upside down by the Iran-Iraq War.
Friday, May 12 – 7:30 p.m.
FINALS (Emtehan Nahaee) (2016)
Directed by Adel Yaraghi. Producer: Adel Yaraghi, Mostafa Shayesteh. Screenwriters: Adel Yaraghi, Abbas Kiarostami. Cinematography: Hossein Jafarian. Editor: Adel Yaraghi. With: Shahab Hosseini, Leila Zare.
When his mother (Zare) becomes engaged to his math teacher (Hosseini), Saeed (Salamanti) withdraws deeper into a rebellious, adolescent nihilism that threatens not just his future but his family’s future, as well, in this tense, domestic drama co-written by Abbas Kiarostami.
Saturday, May 13 – 3:00 p.m.
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Producers: Marin Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami. Screenwriter: Abbas Kiarostami. Cinematography: Abbas Kiarostami. Editor: Vahid Ghazi, Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Kiarostami. With: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari, Amene Moradi.
A work of stylistic daring and thematic power, Ten is a mid-career masterpiece that found Kiarostami working at the height of his powers even as it points to his bold new directions to come. This special screening will be followed by a conversation about Kiarostami’s life, work and legacy.
Saturday, May 13 – 7:30 p.m.
76 MINUTES AND 15 SECONDS WITH ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (2016)
Directed by Seifollah Samadian. Producer: Seifollah Samadian. Screenplay: Seifollah Samadian. Cinematography: Seifollah Samadian. With: Abbas Kiarostami, Juliette Binoche, Massoud Kimiai, Jafar Panahi, Ali Reza Raiesian.
Acclaimed photographery Seifollah Samadian, a long-time collaborator with Abbas Kiarostami, turns years of behind-the-scenes footage shot during their close creative partnership into a beautiful, understated and inspiring tribute to this giant of cinema by simply allowing us to watch, without commentary, Kiarostami at work.
TAKE ME HOME (2016)
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Editor: Adel Yaraghi. Music: Peter Soleymanipour. With: Biagio di Tonno.
Produced in Italy, Kiarostami’s delightful, beguiling final film evokes The Red Balloon by way of Italo Calvino when a young boy loses control of a soccer ball that then bounces down a seemingly endless series of stones steps.
Sunday, May 14 – 7:00 p.m. (Double Feature)
STARLESS DREAMS (Royahaye Dame Sobh) (2016)
Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei.
Documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei crafts a delicate but powerful portrait of young Iranian women struggling with abuse and addiction at a detention facility where they share with his camera their stories of pain, hope and resilience.
DCP, color, 76 min
HEY, HUMANS (2016)
Directed by Rakhshan Bani Etemad.
Producer: Rakhshan Bani Etemad.
Cinematography: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah, Mohammad Hadadi.
Editor: Shirin Barghnavard.
Music: Siamak Kalantari.
The latest documentary from master filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad (Tales, Nargess) quietly extolls the tireless work of the Chain of Hope Institute, which connects Iranian children in poverty who have serious heart and orthopedic conditions with international doctors who perform the life- saving surgeries they need. , 66 min.
Thursday, May 18 – 7:30 p.m.
DAUGHTER (Dokhtar) (2016)
Directed by Reza Mirkarimi. Producer: Reza Mirkarimi. Screenwriter: Reza Mirkarimi. Cinematography: Hamid Khouzouei. Editor: Meysam Movini. Music: Mohammad Reza Aligholi. With: Farhad Aslani, Merila Zarei, Mahour Alvand, Mehran Kashani.
In defiance of her traditional father (Aslani), Setareh (Alvand) sets out for on a day trip to Tehran from Abadan to attend a friend’s going away party, triggering a family crisis that engulfs multiple generations in writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s richly shot and wonderfully acted story of the intersecting divisions that mark contemporary Iran.
Friday, May 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Behnam Behzadi. Producer: Behnam Behzadi. Screenwriter: Behnam Behzadi. Cinematography: Bahram Badakshani. Editor: Meysam Molaei. Music: Shar Sakhaei. With: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mostaffa, Setareh Pesyani, Alireza Aghakhani, Roya Javidnia.
Nilafoor (Dowlatshahi) believes she’s in control of her life – running her father’s business, beginning a new relationship – until her mother’s illness prompts her siblings to start making decisions on her behalf and she’s forced to fight back in writer-director Behnam Behzadi tightly drawn family drama which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes last year.