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Chicago premiere! Film Series : 25th Annual Festival of Films from Iran



2013, Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 125 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 13th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Feb 15th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Feb 16th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Feb 18th 6:00pm
Plays In: Neighborhood Night

Wrenching and audacious…crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“A slow-motion explosion of anti-authoritarian rage…its message could not possibly be more momentous.”
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Laboring under a 20-year ban from filmmaking, director Rasoulof, whose previous films IRON ISLAND and WHITE MEADOWS are forbidden in Iran, takes a dangerous step with this fictional yet fact-based political thriller steeped in darkest absurdity, as devoutly religious government thugs persecute two writers in pursuit of the galleys of a damning book. Changing regimes, shifting agendas, and changing sides are all masterfully underlined as the escalating violence in the name of censorship and suppression is portrayed as just the fallout from another day’s work. Winner of the FIPRESCI (International Critics) prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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