Case #1, Case #2
Qazih-e shekl-e aval, dovom
1979, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 48 min. (Total show: 87 min.)
- Sat, Oct 5th 5:15pm
"A wonderful snapshot of the first tide of revolution."—Alberto Elena, The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami
When a student surreptitiously disrupts a class, he and his mates are sent out into the hall until they reveal the culprit. A diverse group including parents, artists, religious leaders, and government officials are then asked to comment on the ethics of snitching vs. defying authority. In Kiarostami's hands, this set-up becomes much more than a lesson on classroom misbehavior. Begun in the last days of the Shah's regime and completed in the early stage of the revolution, it provides a fascinating cross-section of a society in transition.
Preceded by SOLUTION (1978, 12 min.), a lyrical change of pace involving spectacular mountain scenery, a stranded motorist, and his amazing tire, and TOOTHACHE (1980, 27 min.), which combines a dental-hygiene lecture with depictions of a young boy's distress that Godfrey Cheshire (Conversations with Kiarostami) calls "incredibly funny." All in Persian with English subtitles. New DCP digital restorations. (MR)