UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema 2018

The power of the moving image to connect people otherwise distanced by cultural, political and national divides has been embodied nowhere more profoundly over the last several decades than in the humanism, artistry and courage of Iranian filmmakers. UCLA Film & Television Archive has been presenting the best of their work in this annual survey for almost thirty years and it does so again this year with a renewed sense of purpose.

Our current series includes films from new voices, current masters and a special tribute to one of contemporary cinema’s most influential and important artists, Abbas Kiarostami. Each, in their own way, reflects the complex realities of contemporary Iran and the Iranian diaspora, while their storytelling resonates beyond specific contexts to universal experiences that unite us all as viewers and human beings.

There has always been a vital need for such a cinema, and the Archive will always be a home for it and the artists who create it. It is anticipated that some filmmakers will appear in person, wherever possible, to discuss their work. Please check the UCLA Film and Television Archive website for updates on in-person guests, and to purchase tickets.

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Saturday, April, 28 7:30 pm
No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (Iran, 2017)

Los Angeles Premiere!

2018 UCLA Film No Date, No Signature

A late night car accident involving a respected forensic doctor (Amir Agha’ee) and a working class family—that may have lead to the death of family’s youngest son—triggers a series of deceptions and revelations that come to consume everyone involved with questions of guilt and responsibility. Vahid Jalilvand (Wednesday, May 9) was named Best Director at the 2017 Fajr Film Festival for this tightly wound drama and Navid Mohammadzadeh won Best Supporting Actor for his gripping portrayal of the boy’s father.

Production: Noori Pictures
Distribution: Distrib Films US
Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Screenwriter: Ali Zarnegar, Vahid Jalilvand
Cinematographer: Peyman Shadmanfar
Editor: Vahid Jalilvand, Sepehr Vakili
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Amir Agha’ee, Hediyeh Tehrani, Zakiyeh Behbahani, Sa’eed Dakh

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 104 min.

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Sunday, April, 29 7:00 pm
Israfil (Iran, 2017)

Los Angeles Premiere!

2018 UCLA Film Israfil

Director Ida Panahandeh (Nahid) brings a sensitive eye to the dynamics of a couple caught up in the throes of love and regret. Still in mourning after the death of her son, the widowed Mahi (Hedieh Tehrani) learns that her first love—who left town when their relationship sparked a scandal—has returned. Haunted by the past but longing for a new future, Mahi and Behrooz (Pejman Bazeghi) are drawn together again at the risk reopening old wounds.

Distribution: Dreamlab Films
Producer: Mastaneh Mohajer
Director: Ida Panahandeh
Screenwriter: Arsalan Amiri, Ida Panahandeh
Cinematographer: Morteza Gheidi
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Music: Majid Pousti
Cast: Hedieh Tehrani, Pejman Bazeghi, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Merila Zarei, Pouria Rahimi Sam

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 100 min.

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Friday, May, 4 7:30 pm
The Home (Ev) (Iran, 2017)

U.S. Premiere!

2018 UCLA Film The Home

Writer-director Asghar Yousefinejad knocks us off emotional balance right from the start of his debut feature with a grieving daughter’s explosive protests over the fate of her father’s corpse. Yousefinejad ratchets things up from there, confining the action to follow to the dead man’s home, where a parade of suddenly interested parties intervene, and what begins as a family drama, reveals itself as a sharp satire in which everyone’s motives become suspect. Winner of best film and best screenplay in the international competition at the Fajr Film Festival.

Distribution: Iranian Independents
Director/Screenwriter: Asghar Yousefinejad
Cinematographer: Hamid Mehrafrouz
Editor: Amir Etminan
Cast: Ramin Riazi, Mohadeseh Heyrat, Gholamreza Bagheri, Sedigheh Daryani

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 78 min.

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Saturday, May, 5 7:30 pm
BOARDING PASS (Kart-e parvaz) (2018)

West Coast Premiere!

In-Person: Mehdi Rahmani

2018 UCLA Film Boarding Pass

Locked in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their young son and desperate for cash, Neda turns to smuggling heroin over the border as a way out. When a veteran drug mule, Mansour, sees Neda, pale and shaky, at the airport, he knows something has gone terribly wrong with her and reluctantly agrees to get her medical help. Thus begins a gripping race against time through Tehran’s criminal underground where everything has its price.

Director: Mehdi Rahmani
Producer: Mehdi Rahmani, Bahman Kamyar
Screenplay: Mir Arabi, Mehdi Rahmani, Babak Mirzakhani
Cinematography: Mohammad Rasouli
Editor: Mohammadreza Muini
Music: Babak Mirzakhani
Cast: Mansour Shahbazi, Neda Jebraili, Mohammad-ali Najafi, Asghar Rafie Jam, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.

DCP, color, 88 min.

Simulation (Tamaroz) (Iran, 2017)

Los Angeles Premiere!

2018 UCLA Film Simulation

With a nod to Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (2003) and riding an emerging wave of formal experimentation among young Iranian filmmakers, actor-director Abed Abest, star of Shahram Mokri’s Fish & Cat (2013), plays compellingly with time and space in telling the story of a boys’ night out gone tragically wrong. Told in reverse chronological order and set entirely on a darkened soundstage with locations and props marked out in green screen material, Simulation delivers on its title to challenge our notions of truth and reality.

Distribution: Iranian Independents
Director/Screenwriter: Abed Abest
Cinematographer: Hamid Khozouie Abyaneh
Editor: Haydeh Safiyari
Music: Bamdad Afshar
Cast: Abed Abest, Shahrzad Seifi, Vahid Rad, Majid Yousefi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 85 min.

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Sunday, May, 6 7:00 pm
Golden Time (Noghte Talaii) (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film Golden Time

A panoptic view of a society on the edge, Golden Time unfolds as a dozen vignettes of people who find themselves suddenly faced with stark turning points in their lives, by fate or the imposition of others. Each story is shot a single take, in a vehicle, at dusk with writer-director Pourya Kakavand exploring a wide array of scenarios and emotions—blackmail, betrayal, violence and other unsavory scenarios come into play—all set against the transitive glow of twilight.

Producer: Hassan Fathi
Director: Pourya Kakavand
Screenwriter: Pourya Kakavand
Cinematographer: Alireza Hodaie
Editor: Pourya Kakavand
Music: Nima Ghahremani
Cast: Amirhosein Fathi, Houshang Golmakani, Arash Falahatpishe, Faeze Alavi, Faraz Sarabi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 115 min.

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Friday, May, 11 7:30 pm
Blockage (Sad-e mabar) (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film Blockage

A Tehran city official charged with policing illegal street vendors, Ghasem (Hamed Behdad) shakes them down for bribes instead. Fearing he’ll soon be fired for corruption, Ghasem desperately scrambles to set up another scam using his wife’s inheritance. One bad decision leads to another with the personal stakes getting higher each time in director Mohsen Gharaie’s taut, sharply drawn feature debut.

Producer: Bahman Kamyar
Director: Mohsen Gharaie
Screenwriter: Saeed Roostaie
Cinematographer: Morteza Hodaei
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Production Design: Hojjat Ashtari
Music: Reza Mortazavi
Cast: Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiaie, Nader Fallah, Giti Ghasemi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 82 min.

Valderrama (Iran, 2016)

2018 UCLA Film Valderrama

Valderrama, a name the 15-year-old soccer fan borrowed from his idol, Colombian soccer star, Carlos Valderrama, is without any immediate family or an official ID card. After an incident at the job where he works illegally, Valderrama skips town to Tehran where he falls into an underground economy of illegal street vendors, squatters and drug dealers. Director Abbas Amini plunges us into this fraught world and the plight of other kids like Valderrama without ever resorting to easy sympathy or answers.

Producer: Majid Barzegar
Director: Abbas Amini
Screenplay: Abbas Amini, Hossein Farokhzadeh
Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editor: Majid Barzegar, Hamidreza Barzegar
Music: Mehran Ghaedipour
Cast: Hamed Alipour, Nafiseh Zare, Gity Ghasemi, Assadolah Monjazi

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 91 min.

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Saturday, May, 12 3:00 pm
A Man of Integrity (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film A Man of Integrity

Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad), a goldfish farmer, and his wife, Hadis (Soudabeh Beizaee), a teacher, struggle to get by, in part because of Reza’s principled refusal to participate in the local culture of kickbacks and bribes. An outsider who relocated his family from Tehran, Reza becomes enmeshed in a violent battle of wills with thuggish officials in the pocket of an unnamed company. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s blistering depiction of corruption and injustice resonates well beyond the rural, small-town setting where its story unfolds.

Producer: Mohammad Rasoulof
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Screenwriter: Mohammad Rasoulof
Cinematographer: Ashkan Ashkani
Editor: Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Cast: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Misagh Zare, Zeinab Shabani

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 117 min.

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Saturday, May, 12 7:30 pm
24 Frames (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film 24 Frames

Director Abbas Kiarostami’s final film, completed after his death under the supervision of his son Ahmad, is structured as a series of two dozen, beautifully composed, black-and-white still images—the frames of the title—that Kiarostami brings to animated life. Wintry scenes predominate with animals—birds, cows, sheep, a cat—the only living presence found throughout. Captivating and curious, it invites meditation, on the nature of the moving image, the transformative power of art, and the legacy of a life spent deeply, movingly engaged with both.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 114 min.

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Sunday, May 13 7:00 pm
24 Frames (Iran, 2017)

In-person: Ahmad Kiarostami

2018 UCLA Film 24 Frames

Director Abbas Kiarostami’s final film, completed after his death under the supervision of his son Ahmad, is structured as a series of two dozen, beautifully composed, black-and-white still images—the frames of the title—that Kiarostami brings to animated life. Wintry scenes predominate with animals—birds, cows, sheep, a cat—the only living presence found throughout. Captivating and curious, it invites meditation, on the nature of the moving image, the transformative power of art, and the legacy of a life spent deeply, movingly engaged with both.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 114 min.

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Friday, May, 18 7:30 pm
Negar (Iran, 2017)

2018 UCLA Film Negar

After her businessman father’s death is declared a suicide, Negar (Negar Javaherian) experiences strange, fragmentary visions that suggest otherwise. With her father’s debts suddenly pressing down on the family, Negar begins her own investigation into what happened, which could lead her to the truth or into madness.

Director: Rambod Javan
Screenwriter: Ehsan Goudarzi
Cinematographer: Bahram Badkheshani
Editor: Bahram Dehghan
Music: Christophe Rezai
Cast: Negar Javaherian, Mohammad Reza Froutan, Mani Haghighi, Atila Pesiani, Alireza Shojanouri

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 100 min.

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Saturday, May, 19 7:30 pm
Bashu, The Little Stranger (Iran, 1985)

In Person: Bahram Beyzaie

2018 UCLA Film Bashu, The Little Stranger

Writer-director Bahram Beyzaie’s landmark film follows young refugee Bashu from his southern home where his family is killed in a bomb attack during the Iran-Iraq War to a northern Iranian village where he is reluctantly taken in by Naii (Susan Taslimi), a farmer’s wife with two children already whose husband is off looking for work. What follows is a powerful, moving story of difference and acceptance in a country largely perceived as ethnically, linguistically and culturally monolithic. Beyzaie’s sensitivity to the plight of the displaced and the trauma of war makes this timeless work as relevant now as ever.

Producer: Ali Reza Zarrin
Director: Bahram Beyzaie
Screenwriter: Bahram Beyzaie
Cinematographer: Firooz Malekzadeh
Editor: Bahram Beizai
Production Design: Bahram Beizai, Iraj Raminfar
Cast: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian

HDCam, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 120 min.

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Event Details

Event Starts 04/28/2018
Event Ends 05/19/2018
Cut off date 05/19/2018
Individual Price $10 Online / $9 Box Office - General Admission / Alumni, Student, Senior Discounts
Location
Billy Wilder Theater - Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
Billy Wilder Theater - Hammer Museum
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