سد معبر / Sad-e mabar
2017, Mohsen Gharaie, Iran, 82 min. With Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari.
- Sat, Feb 3rd 8:00pm
- Sun, Feb 4th 3:00pm
“Moves at a kinetic pace…elements of film noir in the way the story unravels.” — James Marsh, Film Anarchy
The rhythm of Tehran’s crowded and chaotic shopping streets sets the pace for this story of the self-inflicted downfall of an ambitious low-level functionary, whose job is policing the city’s hordes of unlicensed sidewalk vendors. Caught between his wife’s goal of home ownership and his own plan to spend their savings on a used pickup truck, Qasem (Behdad) steps up ruthless and violent shakedowns of his quarries, until the day he picks the wrong man to fleece. Potentially deadly complications emerge and layers of corruption are peeled back, revealing a compelling portrait of an underground society built on obligation, the code of silence, and a skewed version of trust. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)