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Taghi Amirani in person! Film Series : 30th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Coup 53

2019, Taghi Amirani, UK/Iran, 118 min.
With Ralph Fiennes

Show Times

  • Sat, Feb 8th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 9th 2:00pm

“Forensic focus and expert storytelling…pulse-racing discovery…feels as compelling as a John Le Carre novel or a Costa-Gavras classic.”—Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“Passionate and fearless…mysterious strands that demand further investigation.”—Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

A real-life cliff-hanger thriller, this daring documentary dissects the 1953 British-American coup that brought down Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in order to prop up the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In a transparent grab for control of Iran’s oil industry, which had been nationalized under Mossadegh, Eisenhower, and Churchill set the stage for the long and treacherous slide toward the nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution. Utilizing archival footage, interviews, and newly unearthed and reconstituted transcripts, director Amirani weaves a gripping tale of spies, turncoats, secret negotiations, and suppressed documents, honing in on the mystery of a missing tell-all ITV interview with British M16 secret agent Norman Darbyshire, in which Britain’s role in the coup is for the first time substantiated. Edited by Oscar-winning sound designer and editor Walter Murch (APOCALYPSE NOW, THE GODFATHER TRILOGY). In English and Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Taghi Amirani is scheduled to be present for audience discussion on both dates. Moderating the discussion on Saturday will be Nari Safavi, Chicago based Iranian-American entrepreneur and frequent guest on NPR's former Worldview program. And moderating on Sunday will be filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, a teacher at the Department of Cinema Art and Science, Columbia College, Chicago and the co-author “Abbas Kiarostami: Expanded Second Edition (Contemporary Film Directors).”

On Saturday, the audience is invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Festival of Films from Iran at a post-show reception in our Gallery/Café, sponsored by MALA (Muslim America Leadership Alliance).

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