2017, Mani Haghighi, Iran, 108 min.
With Hasan Majuni, Leila Hatami
- Sat, Feb 9th 8:15pm
- Sun, Feb 10th 4:45pm
“A dizzy DayGlo meta-comedy.”--Jessica Kiang, Variety
“A farce in Farsi…takes a jokes first, social comment second approach.”--Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
Wacky is a term not often applied to an Iranian film, but PIG ventures into new territory with this wild, farcical black comedy about a blacklisted filmmaker. Hassan (Majuni), a slovenly egocentric director whose oeuvre consists of sleazy slasher films, has been banned from working by the government. When a serial killer begins targeting and beheading all of Iran’s banned filmmakers, ignoring Hassan, he feels his artistic integrity insulted. Director Haghighi (MEN AT WORK)--who cheekily portrays himself as one of the beheaded and stages his own funeral-- spins out subplots as wacky as the Felliniesque bug-spray commercials his disgruntled anti-hero is reduced to directing on the QT. Surreal musical numbers, extravagant fantasy sequences, and Hassan’s jealous plot against the director who has dared to offer his mistress Shiva (Hatami) a role make for a bizarre and spicy mix that reflects obliquely on Iran’s proclivity for censuring its filmmakers. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)