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World premiere! Filmmakers in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

A House is Not a Home: Wright or Wrong

2020, Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, USA, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 18th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 20th 7:45pm

This intimate real-life saga links the filmmaker’s family and long-lost home in Tehran, an historic Frank Lloyd Wright house in Florence, Alabama, and the formative years of renowned film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum (Placing Movies), in a reflection on the life impact of space, place, and displacement. Rosenbaum, son of a family that owned a chain of movie theaters, grew up in the Wright house, now restored as a museum. Documenting the home over a period of years, beginning at a time when it was still occupied by the critic’s mother, Saeed-Vafa (JERRY & ME, A DIFFERENT MOON) finds parallels between the design eccentricities that the famously inflexible architect imposed on his clients and the twisting and constricted course of dysfunctional family histories that veer into alienation and tragedy. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and subject Jonathan Rosenbaum are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.