I Want to Dance
2015, Bahman Farmanara, Iran, 95 min.
With Reza Kianian, Saber Abar
- Sat, Feb 16th 8:00pm
- Sun, Feb 17th 5:00pm
Banned for three years, this gentle subversive comedy was finally permitted release under the censored title I WANT TO, since public dancing is officially forbidden in Iran. Nima (Kianian), an aging author, seeks relief from his writer's block. One day a mysterious CD is thrust into his hands by a panhandling street urchin, and an infectious dance tune that only he can hear becomes embedded in his head. Dance he does, whenever the lively tune kicks in, spreading crazy joy in the streets in the face of public malaise and the grim ills of depression and addiction discovered closer to home in his own family. Nima is soon hauled off in a straitjacket, but the dance aftermath spreads in unexpected places. Kianian’s astonishingly nimble and sprightly performance aptly embodies the rebellious spirit of Farmanara’s quasi-musical about a society in which it is more acceptable to be insane than to be happy. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)